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Science Research Project. Tuscarora High School 2011-2012 Academic School Year. Tuscarora Science Tracks…. Earth Science – 9 th Grade 9 th grade: Honors Earth Science 10 th grade: Biology 11 th grade: Chemistry, Environmental, Physics, AP Biology (w/ Chem ), GIS

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science research project

Science Research Project

Tuscarora High School

2011-2012 Academic School Year

tuscarora science tracks
Tuscarora Science Tracks…

Earth Science – 9th Grade

  • 9th grade: Honors Earth Science
  • 10th grade: Biology
  • 11th grade: Chemistry, Environmental, Physics, AP Biology (w/Chem), GIS
  • 12th grade: AP level courses, environmental, GIS or ISR

Honors Biology – 9th Grade

  • 9th grade: Honors Biology
  • 10th grade: Chemistry
  • 11th grade: AP Biology, AP Chemistry, Physics, Environmental, GIS
  • 12th grade: AP level courses, Environmental, GIS or ISR
why science research
Why Science Research?
  • Scientific Research is about studying the natural phenomenon that occurs on Earth & how we can better improve our world.
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Apply mathematical skills
  • Analysis/Data Skills
  • Present their findings to scientists in the greater DC metropolitan area.
other project examples
Other project examples…
  • Click on academics
  • Scroll to “Science”
  • Click on LCPS Regional Science and Engineering Fair
  • Click on 2011 Student Abstracts
2 year science research project
2 year Science Research Project
    • Honors Earth Science: (25% of your grade each quarter)
      • Completion of 8 SRP assignments:
        • Researching previous science research projects, discovering a research topic that can be measurable, researching their idea/problem, drafting their proposal for approval, literature review of previous work completed on their topic and rough draft of materials/procedures
  • Honors Biology: (25% of your grade each quarter)
    • Completion of the project
      • Re-submitting their previous SRP work for review and modifications, finalizing their materials/procedures, running the experiment, collecting data, performing statistical analysis, final paper including results and conclusions
successful 9 th grade honors biology students are
Successful 9th Grade Honors Biology Students are…
  • On top of school work, seeks helps and asks questions!
  • Organized
  • Time management skills
  • Passionate about science
  • Passionate about math analysis
  • Loves to experiment
  • Takes responsibility, completes assignments on time
  • Ability to write a research paper, cite a paper, create bibliography in APA format
  • Student should want to be here!!!
taking honors biology as a freshman
Taking Honors Biology as a Freshman..
  • You will complete the first 8 assignments over the summer:
    • SRP A: Preparing your SRP Performance Portfolio & Student Interest Survey
    • SRP B: How to Read a Scientific Paper
    • SRP C: Evaluating Experimental Design
    • SRP D: 4 Ideas Worksheet
    • SRP #1: Science Research Project Proposal
    • TAF: Tuscarora Approval Form
    • SRP #2: 10 sources on Previous Research
    • SRP #3: Literature Review
step 1 starting my srp
Step #1: Starting my SRP
  • Download all documents and save them to your home computer:
    • Tuscarora homepage
    • Click on academics and scroll to science department
    • Click on Science Research Project
  • Print out all SRP assignments and rubrics (all documents are through Microsoft Office)
  • Ask questions if you do not understand the assignment
  • When completed, SELF GRADE!!!!
  • Place all your work in your binder in the section: “SRP WORK IN PROGRESS” (SRP A: taps are for final products only everything goes in order in the back)
srp a portfolio and survey
SRP A: portfolio and survey
  • Portfolio
    • White 2 inch binder with clear jacket
    • Create a cover page
    • Place 10 dividers in binder
    • The last divider “SRP Work In Progress” is where all assignments are placed in order until they are finalized.
  • Student Interest Survey: use the word template to type in your answers..this will help you lead to ideas/projects that interest you!
  • Your finalized binder will be seen by teachers, students and scientists from the greater DC area at the Tuscarora Science and Engineering Fair in April!
srp b how to read a scientific paper
SRP B: How to read a scientific Paper
  • A 3 part assignment to help you gain understanding on how to read scientific papers:
    • A scavenger hunt on how to find scientific papers and the information they contain.
    • Using a scientific journal article and analyzing the parts of the scientific inquiry (hypothesis, IV, DV, control, constants, results, analysis and conclusion)
    • Using Ted Talks – “Bio-mimicry in Action” and analyzing the scientist’s findings
srp c evaluating experimental design
SRP C:Evaluating Experimental Design
  • Part 1: Compare and Contrast two abstracts
  • Part 2: Find 3 scientific articles on your own and identify the major parts of the experiment (Hypothesis, IV, DV, control, constants, results, analysis and conclusion)
  • Scientific search engines (, ebsco, access science..)
  • Pick articles that interest you!!!!
srp d 4 ideas
SRP D: 4 ideas
  • Submit your 4 different project ideas to your assigned biology teacher over the summer.
  • Your ideas will include:
    • Proposed problem and purpose
    • Hypothesis
    • Independent and dependent variables
    • Control and constants
    • How you will measure
tuscarora tips to a successful project
Tuscarora Tips to a Successful Project
  • Choose something you are interested in! are committing to this project for a year and its important you enjoy it!
    • Sports (physics or kinesiology)
    • Health and wellness (microbiology, animal sciences, behavioral psychology etc.)
    • Chemistry
    • Engineering
    • Physics and astronomy
    • Mathematical sciences
    • Environmental sciences
  • Humans, vertebrates, and plants are highly discouraged because they will require 100 subjects due to many variables that are incontrollable.
  • PURPOSE!!!!!!!!!!!! – why are you doing this? Why is it important?
  • More tips found on the Science Department Website!!!!
srp 1 project proposal
SRP 1: Project Proposal
  • Your proposal is an outline of the major components of your project:
    • Problem you are trying to solve
    • Purpose!!!!
    • Hypothesis
    • IV
    • DV – has to be measurable and testable!
    • Control
    • Constants
    • Procedures/Materials
    • The background topics you need to explore
tuscarora approval form
Tuscarora approval form
  • Form that will require your parent/guardian signature and science chair signature (Amanda Smith) to be attached/emailed along with Project Proposal to your assigned biology teacher over the summer.
srp 2 10 sources and notes
SRP 2: 10 Sources and Notes
  • Collect 10 sources/informational notes on previous research that pertains to your topic area.
  • Credible vs. non-credible
  • Examples:
    • Bacterial growth with different types of pimple creams: how bacteria respond to different chemicals, tests that were previously done on the products, the differences in pimple creams on the market.
    • How age affects ability to read and comprehend volume and numbers: aging effects on brain development, how much a person can memorize in a given amount of time.
srp 3 literature review
Srp 3: Literature review
  • Student will organize their 10 sources into a well written paper with an introduction to their topic and a conclusion based on what has been discovered about their topic, what needs to be improved, and where scientists can go from here.
  • Roughly 1000 word paper
  • Use APA format for in text citations and your bibliography
how do i gain approval over the summer
How do I gain approval over the summer?
  • By July 15th: Communicate with your assigned biology teacher SRP D (4 ideas) to help you get started on SRP #1
  • By August 1st: SRP #1 and the TAF should be reviewed by your assigned biology teacher and they will send to Mrs. Amanda Smith, science chair.
  • You will receive feedback on your Tuscarora Approval Form from Mrs. Smith during August 1st-5th so you can begin to work on SRP #2 and SRP #3 due by the start of school (TBA).
  • SRP A-SRP #3 will be submitted to your honors biology teacher during the second week of school and improvements can be made before submission.
assigned honors biology teacher
Assigned Honors Biology Teacher
  • Mrs. Amanda Smith –
    • Teachers will email your TAF and SRP #1 to me and I will respond back to you no later than August 5th.
  • Dr. Benjamin Kagan –
    • Last Name A-L
  • Ms. Samantha Smingler –
    • Last Name M-Z