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Science Fair Projects. 10 Easy Steps to Science Project Completion. Developed by Ms. Sica-Fosella. Step 1: Select a Topic/Project Idea. What are you interested in finding out? What observations have you made that lead you to a question you want to answer?

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Science Fair Projects

10 Easy Steps to Science Project Completion

Developed by Ms. Sica-Fosella

step 1 select a topic project idea
Step 1: Select a Topic/Project Idea
  • What are you interested in finding out?
  • What observations have you made that lead you to a question you want to answer?
  • Can you obtain the materials that you need to experiment on this topic?
step 2 summarize your project
Step 2: Summarize your Project

Purpose

  • What is the purpose of your project?
  • What your project is all about?
  • How do you plan to complete the experiment?

Project Title

  • Write a catchy title that relates to your topic and gets people interested in your project.
step 3 write a problem and hypothesis
Step 3: Write a Problem and Hypothesis

Problem

  • What do you want to find out?
  • Does your question relate to the topic and the purpose of your experiment?
  • Can you develop an experiment to answer your question?
  • Does your question make sense? Is it confusing?
step 3 write a problem and hypothesis1
Step 3: Write a Problem and Hypothesis

Hypothesis

  • What do you think will happen?
  • Make a prediction using observations, past knowledge and research.
  • Make sure you explain WHY you made the prediction.
  • Can your hypothesis be tested with an experiment?
  • BE SPECIFIC!
  • Use complete sentences.
step 4 research
Step 4: Research
  • What information do you need to know about your topic before you can experiment?
  • Search in books, encyclopedias, magazines, the internet and other sources for information.
  • Write facts about your topic.
  • List all of your references – write down each website that you use.
step 5 materials and procedure
Step 5: Materials and Procedure
  • What materials will you use to complete your experiment?
  • Make sure you only choose materials that you can get!
  • What steps will you follow to test your hypothesis?
  • BE SPECIFIC! Label your steps using 1, 2, 3, and so on.
  • Would someone else be able to follow your directions?
  • Are there any safety concerns?
step 6 experiment and results
Step 6: Experiment and Results
  • Be sure to display your data in an organized manner. Use a table or chart to help you show your results. Don’t forget to label!
  • Include enough data to prove or disprove your hypothesis.
  • Write down any observations you made during your experiment.
  • Draw pictures of your experiment.
  • Take photos of the experiment and yourself performing the experiment.
step 7 draw conclusions
Step 7: Draw Conclusions
  • What do your data and observations tell you?
  • What happened during your experiment?
  • What did you find out?
  • Was your hypothesis proven or rejected?
  • What might have gone wrong, if anything?
  • Are there any new questions that you have after this investigation?
  • Write a summary of what you learned during your experiment.
step 8 proofread and edit
Step 8: Proofread and Edit
  • Proofread your project and edit any mistakes.
  • Did you adjust your materials and procedure to match what you actually used and what you actually did?
  • Have a classmate proofread your project.
  • Have an adult proofread your project.
  • Create a final copy of your project and submit it to your teacher.

Now you will receive a project display board!

step 8 create your project display board

Grades 3- 7

Step 8: Create your project display board
  • Use the layout shown to create your display board.
  • Make it neat and attractive!
  • Write your name, teacher, and school on the back of your board.

3-D Representation or Model that Corresponds with Project

Written

Report

step 10 present your project
Step 10: Present your Project
  • Decide what you are going to say during your presentation and how you will demonstrate your experiment to the class.
  • Place notes on index cards to guide you during your presentation.
  • Practice your presentation at home. Be ready to answer questions from your classmates and teachers.
  • Bring your project display board and experiment to school on the due date. Carry it in a bag, container, or box that has your name on it!