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Science Fair Project 2013. Ask a question?. What do you want to investigate or figure out in the this lesson? What will be the main question that will guide your learning?. Question Examples:. Not so great: Which brand of battery is the best? Are mice smart? How do plants grow? Great:

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ask a question
Ask a question?
  • What do you want to investigate or figure out in the this lesson?
  • What will be the main question that will guide your learning?
question examples
Question Examples:
  • Not so great:
    • Which brand of battery is the best?
    • Are mice smart?
    • How do plants grow?
  • Great:
    • Can you estimate how high a tree is by measuring it’s shadow?
    • Which brand of battery last longer?
    • Does a ball roll faster on grass or dirt?
research
Research

Search for answers

Ask someone

Think of past experiences

Look in text books

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Research

Summarize your research here in three to

five bullet points:

  • 1st bullet point
  • 2nd bullet point
  • 3rd bullet point
  • 4th bullet point
  • 5th bullet point
hypothesis
Hypothesis

Based on the research you have done, you will be writing an answer or solution – your best educated guess – to your question.

This is what you think will solve the problem

Restate the problem in a declarative sentence that would answer your question/problem

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Hypothesis
  • Do not begin with I think or I predict
  • "If _____[I do this] _____, then _____[this]_____ will happen." (Fill in the blanks with the appropriate information for your own experiment.)
  • Your hypothesis should be something that you can actually test, what's called a testable hypothesis. In other words, you need to be able to measure both "what you do" and "what will happen."
  • "If I put fenders on a bicycle [having fenders is the independent variable], then they will keep the rider dry when riding through puddles [the dependent variable is how much water splashes on the rider]."
variables
Variables
  • Controlled variables: These are the things that are kept the same throughout your experiments.
  • Independent variable: The one variable that you purposely change and test.
  • Dependent variable: The measure of change observed because of the independent variable. It is important to decide how you are going to measure the change.
materials
Materials
  • Type a detailed list of the items you needed to complete your experiments.
  • Be specific about the amounts used.
  • List in a column
  • Include quantity and size
procedure
Procedure
  • List all of the steps used in completing your experiment.
  • Remember to number your steps.
test an organized process used to test the hypothesis
Test (an organized process used to test the hypothesis)
  • Test the hypothesis
  • Follow the procedures step by step
  • Collect data
  • Conduct experiment at least three times for accuracy
variables1
Variables
  • Controlled variables: These are the things that are kept the same throughout your experiments.
  • Independent variable: The one variable that you purposely change and test.
  • Dependent variable: The measure of change observed because of the independent variable. It is important to decide how you are going to measure the change.
data observations
Data/Observations
  • It is easier to understand the data if it is put into a table or graph.
  • Make sure all data is clearly labeled.
  • Add photos of your experiments.
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BAR GRAPH – This is the most common type for science fair projects. You may select a bar graph when your independent variable is qualitative (categories) or quantitative (numbers).

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Line graphs are great for showing changes in the dependent variable over time or distance along a certain period.

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PIE CHART – Pie charts are good for projects that have qualitative independent variables and have generated data that can be expressed as percentages of the total.

conclusion
Conclusion

Brief summary of what you

discovered based on the results of your

experiments. You need to indicate whether or not the data supports the hypothesis and explain why or why not. Include what would you do if you retested.

Begin with “The results show that the hypothesis is supported or not supported.”

works cited
Works Cited

Be sure to include sources and put them in alphabetical order.

project overview
Project Overview

Type a brief overview or summary of

your project here.