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Science Fair Projects. Young Scientists Search the Unknown…. 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

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science fair projects

Science Fair Projects

Young Scientists Search the Unknown…

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

#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!

#2 - The Experimentation Phase

  • The fun part…includes:
  • Actually conducting the experiment
  • Collecting and recording the data
  • Seeing if the hypothesis was correct

#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

My Title












Research Paper


Data Logbook

in search of a topic
…In Search of a Topic


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?


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”.

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

Displays data that does not occur

in a continuous manner

Ex. (Number of burgers eaten)

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: 11/3/10 Today I chose my topic. My topic

is…The purpose of my project is…

11/8/10 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.

For More Information at HGE, Contact:

Cheryl Pahl

Find PowerPoint presentations and forms for student projects at:

Helpful Websites


For More Information Contact:

  • Shana Tirado
    • Elementary Science Supervisor
  • Barb Brightman
    • Elementary Science DRT
  • Jonathan Gerlach
    • Elementary Science DRT for Title I Schools

Original presentation Created By: Yvonne Rotolo 2009

Adapted for use by Elementary Science Department, Fall 2010