SCIENCE FAIR


DUE DATE: February 24, 2011 ( This will count as a Test / Project Grade, Rubric coming soon...)


TIMELINE:


THE PROCESS...

SELECTING A TOPIC - 12/9/10
- Choose something that you are interested in and want to learn about.

- Talk to your teacher, parents, library media specialists for ideas.

- A hobby or curiosity may lead to a good topic.

- Science books, magazines, the internet, visiting museums or science facilities are also good starting points.

- Formulate a PURPOSE for your TOPIC by asking yourself the question...WHY DO I WANT TO EXPLORE THIS PARTICULAR TOPIC?

- Narrow your focus to one or two main reasons.

RESEARCHING THE TOPIC
- Research the topic carefully.
- Write your QUESTION or TOPIC in the form of a PROBLEM STATEMENT
- Turn in your Topic for a HOMEWORK GRADE on...12/13/10


GENERATING THE BIBLIOGRAPHY
- This is a listing of the resources and references used during the research of your project.

- This information is organized such that interested readers can seek out and find the books and articles you refer.

- For a book you must supply: TITLE, AUTHOR, PUBLISHING COMPANY, CITY OF PUBLISHING, DATE OF PUBLISHING.
Example - Flower, Sitko. (1989). Wired For Warmth, New York, Scribner, 1981

- For a magazine, you must supply: TITLE, AUTHOR, MAGAZINE IT APPEARED IN, DATE OF MAGAZINE ISSUE, VOLUME OF MAGAZINE, PAGES IT APPEARED ON.

GENERATING THE HYPOTHESIS
- This is an educated prediction as to what you think will happen. In generating a hypothesis, you must form an educated guess, as to what the outcome of the experiment may be, based on a set of observations from previous knowledge or research on the subject matter.

Example
QUESTION: Does the amount of salt added to a solution affect the boiling point of the solution?
INDEPENDPENT VARIABLE: Amount of salt
DEPENDENT VARIABLE: Boiling point temperature
CONTROL VARIABLE: Amount of source of water, initial temperature of water, heating source

HYPOTHESIS: If the concentration of salt in a solution is increased, then the boiling point of water will increase.


LISTING MATERIALS

WRITING PROCEDURES

PREPARING YOUR DATA JOURNAL

CONDUCTING THE EXPERIMENT
  1. Making the OBSERVATION
  2. Collect YOUR DATA
  3. Charting YOUR DATA: Tables
  4. Charting YOUR DATA: Graphs

ANALYZING RESULTS
  1. Formulate the Results
  2. Draw Conclusions from the DATA RESULTS

COMPLETING THE PROCESS
  1. Write the ABSTRACT
  2. Write the REPORT
  3. Setting up the VISUAL DISPLAY
  4. Making the ORAL PRESENTATION


THE DISPLAY

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THE JUDGE'S SCORE SHEET






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