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Science Fair. The Ins and Outs and Dos and Don’ts. Why do one?. Discovering something amazing Developing Skills Cash and Prizes You’re Required!. What you’re doing.

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Science fair

Science Fair

The Ins and Outs and Dos and Don’ts


Why do one
Why do one?

  • Discovering something amazing

  • Developing Skills

  • Cash and Prizes

  • You’re Required!


What you re doing
What you’re doing

  • Be curious, choose a limited subject, ask a question. It is important that this question be a 'testable' question - one in which data is taken and used to find the answer. A testable question can further be identified as one in which one or more variables can be identified and tested to see the impact of that variable on the original set of conditions. The question should not merely be an 'information' question where the answer is obtainable through literature research.

  • Review published materials related to your problem or question. This is called background research.

  • Evaluate possible solutions and guess why you think it will happen (hypothesis).

  • Experimental design (procedure). In designing the experiment, it is critical that only one variable - a condition that may effect the results of the experiment - is changed at a time. This makes the experiment a 'controlled' experiment.

  • Challenge and test your hypothesis through your procedure of experimentation (data collection) and analysis of your data. Use graphs to help see patterns in the data.

  • Draw conclusions based on empirical evidence from the experiment.

  • Prepare your report and exhibit.


In short
In Short:

  • Choose a topic and form a question.

  • Research the topic.

  • Design an experiment to test your hypothesis to the question.

  • Record data.

  • Analyze the data and organize it.

  • Prepare a presentation in paper form and on the backboard.


Tips and advice
Tips and Advice

  • Choose a topic that interests YOU!

  • Check out sciencebuddies.com. Use the Topic Selection Wizard for help choosing a topic.

  • Topics to Avoid handout

  • Follow guidelines provided by your teacher.


Paperwork
Paperwork

  • All paperwork can be downloaded

  • Projects requiring the most paperwork are human projects, including anything with surveys, and projects with vertebrate animals.


Backboard
Backboard

  • This is where you visually display what you did.

  • Should include the following:

    • Title

    • Purpose

    • Hypothesis

    • Materials and procedures

    • Results

    • Conclusion

  • You must include pictures taken during your experiment.


Charts and graphs
Charts and Graphs

  • Charts and graphs can be used to visually display your data and results.

  • Examine the next few slides of charts and graphs. Determine what is wrong, if anything, with each of them.





Project notebook
Project Notebook

  • It must be displayed with your project.

  • This is a journal of your research.

  • It should include:

    • accurate records of dates

    • measurements taken

    • sources that you looked up or printed off

    • copies of instructions given by your teacher

    • any pictures not included on the backboard


Research paper
Research Paper

  • This is the written version of your entire project. It is extremely important that you follow the format provided to you by your teacher.

  • Includes:

    • Title page

    • Abstract

    • Table of Contents

    • Introduction

    • Experiment

    • Discussion

    • Conclusion

    • Works Cited


Abstract
Abstract

  • Although the abstract goes at the beginning of your paper, it should actually be the last thing written.

  • It is a short (less than 250 word) summary of the whole research experience.

  • It can not be written until the end because it includes a brief summary of your results and conclusion.


Science fair

MOSQUITO MISSILE-TOE : CAN MISTLETOE BERRY EXTRACT BE USED AS AN EFFECTIVE PESTICIDE THAT WORKS AS WELL AS OR BETTER THAN A CONVENTIONAL PESTICIDE?

Name:

School: Hamilton High School, 211 Aggie Avenue, Hamilton, AL 35570

This experiment was conducted to see if mistletoe berry extract can be used as an effective mosquito pesticide that works as well as or better than a conventional pesticide called Agnique MMF. Forty mosquito larvae were divided into two equal groups in 200 milliliters of water. Each group was treated with one of the two pesticides with an amount that was 3 % of the water’s volume. After the pesticide remained in the water for 24 hours with the mosquito larvae, the number of live larvae was counted.

The results were that Agnique MMF killed 85%, or 17 out of 20 larvae, and the mistletoe berry extract killed 100%, or 20 out of 20 larvae. These results show mistletoe berry extract can be used as an effective mosquito pesticide that would be a safer, natural alternative to conventional pesticides.


Table of contents
Table of Contents AS AN EFFECTIVE PESTICIDE THAT WORKS AS WELL AS OR BETTER THAN A CONVENTIONAL PESTICIDE?

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION…………………………..1

EXPERIMENT……………………………...4

DISCUSSION………………………………5

CONCLUSION……………………………..8

WORKS CITED


Introduction
Introduction AS AN EFFECTIVE PESTICIDE THAT WORKS AS WELL AS OR BETTER THAN A CONVENTIONAL PESTICIDE?

  • This is the part of the paper that includes all internet, book, and interview research you completed before you begin actual experimentation.

  • You must have 5 sources used to develop your introduction. Wikipedia is not a reliable source!

  • Do not copy and paste from the internet. This should be in your own words.

  • The information you find out in your research should help you determine your hypothesis.


Experiment
Experiment AS AN EFFECTIVE PESTICIDE THAT WORKS AS WELL AS OR BETTER THAN A CONVENTIONAL PESTICIDE?

  • This is where you include your materials and procedures.

  • It should be written in a way that anyone can understand and repeat the experiment.


Discussion
Discussion AS AN EFFECTIVE PESTICIDE THAT WORKS AS WELL AS OR BETTER THAN A CONVENTIONAL PESTICIDE?

  • This is where you discuss the data that you observed or collected in the process of your experimentation.

  • Data should be organized in an easy-to-read format. It is good to include charts and graphs here.

  • When running more than one trial, it is recommended to include individual and average data.


Conclusion
Conclusion AS AN EFFECTIVE PESTICIDE THAT WORKS AS WELL AS OR BETTER THAN A CONVENTIONAL PESTICIDE?

  • This is where you sum up all that was discovered.

  • Individual data should not be included here, only averages.

  • You should briefly discuss the experiment, what happened, and whether your hypothesis was supported or not.

  • Hypotheses CANNOT be proven or disproven, only supported or not supported.


Works cited
Works Cited AS AN EFFECTIVE PESTICIDE THAT WORKS AS WELL AS OR BETTER THAN A CONVENTIONAL PESTICIDE?

WORKS CITED

1. “Agnique MMF”. http://www.mosquitommf.com/. (January 30, 2008)

2. Kepner, John.“Pesticides and You”. Spring 2001. http://www.beyondpesticides.org/infoservices/pesticidesandyou/Spring%2001%20vol.%2021%20no.%201.pdf. (January 13, 2008)

3. Loeper, Margaret E. “Mistletoe(Viscum album L.)”. http://www.longwoodherbal.org/mistletoe/mistletoe.pdf. (January 13, 2008).

4. “Mosquito Information”. http://insected.arizona.edu/lessons.htm. (January 19,2008)

5. “Science News for Kids: Science Fair Zone”. February 23, 2005. http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/articles/20050223/ScienceFairZone.asp. (January 10, 2008)

6. Swain, Liz, and Frey, Rebecca J. “mistletoe:Definition and Much More from Answers.com”.http://www.answers.com/topic/mistletoe?cat=health. (January 13,2008)

7. “Why do mosquitoes bite?”. http://www.mosquitocontroltrap.com/mosquito_faq. (January 17, 2008)