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Science Fair Projects. Young Scientists Search the Unknown…. Oh No! What do I Do ?. What is a Science Project? What do I do First? How do I choose a topic? What’s a experiment? What do I do with all the information?. Importance of Science Projects?.

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Science fair projects

Science Fair Projects

Young Scientists Search the Unknown…

Oh no what do i do
Oh No! What do I Do?

  • What is a Science Project?

  • What do I do First?

  • How do I choose a topic?

  • What’s a experiment?

  • What do I do with all the information?

Importance of science projects
Importance of Science Projects?

  • Allows for a variety of learning styles

  • Real world application

  • Hand-on approach to learning

  • Encourages higher order thinking

  • Allows students to investigate what they are interested in

  • Students are responsible for their own learning

  • Cross- curricular

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Think of a Science Projectas an extended assignment, with three distinct phases.

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#1 – The Planning Phase

  • Most detailed part… includes:

  • Journal….journal….journal

  • deciding what to do

  • Doing some research

  • Forming a hypothesis

  • Writing the experiment plan

  • KEY: Keep It Simple!

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#2 - The Experimentation Phase

  • The fun part…includes:

  • Actually conducting the experiment

  • Collecting and recording the data

  • Seeing if the hypothesis was correct

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#3 – The Artistic Phase

  • The creative part…includes:

  • Putting the information on a showboard

  • Having an organized plan

  • Being artistic in creating an attractive & interesting presentation

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My Title












Research Paper


In search of a topic
…In Search of a Topic

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Questions to Ponder…..

  • What is the temperature on Venus?

  • How does a tree grow?

  • How many raisins are in the most popular brands of cereals?

  • When can I find the most worms in my backyard?

    5. How do airplanes fly?

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Questions to Ponder…..

  • What is the fastest animal in the world?

  • What plants grow best in the shade?

  • Does air exert pressure?

  • How much can a caterpillar eat in one day?

  • 10. How big is the moon?


  • Tells why the investigation is being done.

  • It is written as a statement from the topic question.

  • Example:

    The purpose of this project is to find out…


  • Now we will research the topic and find out some of the secrets under investigation!

  • Once this has been conquered then and only then can the Sizzling Scientist reveal what are his/her possible answers to the question being investigated.

  • Don’t forget to give your reasons why the results of the experiments will turn out the way you have stated!

Procedure the plan
Procedure(The Plan)

  • Materials

    - What materials will you need for your

    secret experiment?

    - Be sure to list all materials, the

    type, and amount (in metric ).


  • Manipulated (Independent )

    What is being changed in the experiment on

    purpose. (What you are testing)

  • Responding (Dependent)

    The measurable result of what is being changed in the experiment. (What you are measuring)

  • Held Constant

    All the things that are kept the same or

    controlled during the experiment.

Step by step directions the recipe
Step by Step Directions(The recipe)

  • Write them clearly so someone else can follow them.

  • Be specific and not too lengthy.

  • Remember to indicate how many trials are necessary : Example

    “Repeat steps 3-6 four more times

    with each item being tested for a

    total of five trials”.

Data the dirt the evidence
DataThe Dirt-The evidence!

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  • The Data is kept in a chart or a table.

  • All the trials of the experiment must be indicated. (5 or more trials)

  • The data must be measured in Metric units for grades 3-5 ; (K in non-standard, 1st-2nd in Standard units)

  • All data must be collected according to the math skills of each grade level

Graphs a picture of the results
Graphs( a picture of the results)

  • It is an organized way to display the data collected during the investigation.

  • There are two main types of graphs.

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1. Bar Graphs- (most common type of graph)

Displays data that does not occur

in a continuous manner

Ex. (Number of burgers eaten)

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2. Line Graphs- Displays data that occurs in a

continuous manner

Ex. (Growth of a plant over a controlled period of time)

Plant Growth

Plant Height (cm)

Growth Period


  • Write paragraph or a short list of the results from your experiments.

  • You are not analyzing just yet-just listing!

Conclusion summary

  • The analysis of the data as it relates to the original hypothesis. It should include:

    - Whether or not your data supports your hypothesis.

    - A description of any problems.

    - What would you do differently next time?


  • Advertise your project

    using a Showboard!

  • Make it colorful

  • Use a creative title-It

    doesn’t have to be

    a question.

  • Make sure the components are placed in order-they should flow (check out the layout)


  • All projects must have a Data Log

    - The log should be in the form of a notebook

    or tablet showing evidence of student work

    throughout investigation period.

    - All entries in the log should have dates for

    each part of the project.

    - Logs may be hand-written or typed.

    Example: 11/3/09 Today I chose my topic. My topic

    is…The purpose of my project is…

    11/8/09 I researched my topic and wrote my

    hypothesis. My hypothesis is…

Extra extra research all about it
Extra! Extra! ‘Research’ All About It!

  • A Research Paper may be included and placed in a separate Research Folder.

  • Extra data, photos, and information may be included in the Research Folder.

Science is everywhere
…Science is Everywhere!

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For More Information Contact:

  • Ashli McDowell


Original presentation Created By: Yvonne Rotolo 2009

Adapted for use by Elementary Science Department, Fall 2010