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Science Fair Project. The Basics. Start a Journal, decide if you will have a partner Come up with a Question – get it approved Conduct research Plan your experiment Conduct your experiment, collect data Analyze data, create a conclusion

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The basics
The Basics

  • Start a Journal, decide if you will have a partner

  • Come up with a Question – get it approved

  • Conduct research

  • Plan your experiment

  • Conduct your experiment, collect data

  • Analyze data, create a conclusion

  • Present your findings on the board (or in a lab write-up)

  • Stick to the $50 budget (this includes any supplies for creating your board)


  • A partner can be great to work with if….

    • You are on the same page and want to do the same kind of project

    • You both can meet regularly and easily with each other

    • You work well together, you will share the work and listen to each other

  • A partner can be any 7th or 8th grader. If you are going to the science fair, you will need a partner in the same grade.

Science project journal
Science Project Journal

  • All work you do on your project must be recorded in your journal

  • You should record everything!

    • Brainstorming

    • Rough draft of procedures

    • Data collection

    • Meetings with partner

  • Date your entries

  • Create a table of contents and a budget page

  • Keep it organized

  • Should be hand-written

Research question
Research Question

  • Your project must start with a question

  • This question will guide your project, your experiment will be created to answer this question

  • The best projects have research questions that the student is genuinely interested in

  • Is there something you are curious about, you have wondered about, you want to investigate

  • Research questions can be from any area of science:

    • Physics, biology, health, chemistry, environmental science, sport science, consumer science


  • Before diving into your experiment, you should conduct research on your research question.

  • What is already known about this topic?

  • What is the current knowledge about the subject?

  • Research will make it so that you are able to talk in depth about your project

The experiment
The Experiment

  • Hypothesis: I think….because

  • Procedures: a list of steps you will take in conducting your experiment

    • Write these first in your science journal

    • You can revise them as you go – make revisions in your journal

    • The final copy should be typed on your board or report

    • How will you control variables? You want to make sure your experiment actually answers the question you created. You want to make sure there are not any outsides sources of interference on your project.

The experiment1
The Experiment

  • Conduct the Experiment: Think about taking pictures, video during the experiment. How many trials will you need to do?

  • Collect data: how will you do this? How will you make it precise and accurate?

  • Analyze data: what is your data telling you? Are there any outliers in the results? Can you make a graph to help you see the results better? Can you conclude anything from your results? What do the mean, median and mode tell you?


  • Summarize your findings

  • What did this investigation tell us?

  • Did your results support your hypothesis?

    • You can never prove something with one experiment! You can only support!

  • How is this information useful for other people?

  • We will talk more about conclusions later this year

Create your board or report
Create your Board (or Report)

  • If you plan on competing in the North Deanery Science Fair, you must create a tri-fold board display. If not, you can choose between a board or a lab write-up for your science project.

  • Use headings and sub-headings to organize the pieces of your project

  • You board should be neatly organized and include pictures and/or graphs

  • Most of your information should be typed

  • Come up with a title

The budget
The Budget

  • $50 per project (not $50 per person)

  • This includes materials you need to complete the experiment and any supplies you need to create your tri-fold board.

  • Your receipts must be included in your science journal on a Budget page

Going to the science fair
Going to the Science Fair

  • You must have a tri-fold display board

  • No electricity at the fair

  • No bacterial cultures allowed (take pictures!)

  • Must have a science journal

  • You can add this to HS applications.

  • If you sign up you are committing to go

  • $5 entry fee

Presenting to the class
Presenting to the Class

  • You need at least 1 visual aid

    • If you have a board, this can be your visual aid

    • If you have a report, you will need to bring something to show to the class (ppt, poster, video, picture, the actual experiment)

  • Practice what you will say

    • You don’t need to memorize a speech, but practice so that you don’t fumble and make mistakes in front of the class

Presenting at the science fair
Presenting at the Science Fair

  • You will be talking to judges who have science backgrounds

  • Anticipate questions that judges will ask:

    • How did you pick this question?

    • Why did you do ___ trials?

    • How did you control outside variables?

    • What was your conclusion

  • Speak confidently about your project, its ok to admit when you made a mistake.

Presenting to the school
Presenting to the school

  • Not sure how we will do this yet…maybe in Families, maybe all 7/8 in the gym?

  • Younger students will need simpler explanations than older students.

  • Share the main idea and any interesting facts.

  • Bring items from your experiment to show