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					Unlocking the Door
   to My Future
The Door to My Future
 We all have ability. The difference is how we use it. (Stevie Wonder, Growing
 Up in a World of Darkness)
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  Crime Scene Investigation
   – Agriscience Fair 101
    • Getting Started – The
      English connection
        • Pick a subject area
        • Narrow the scope
        • Pinpoint the crime (ex.,
          Cat is afraid of dog?)
        • Translate the crime into a
          question: Is a cat afraid of
          a dog because of the dog’s
          smell?                         "Clip art licensed from the Clip Art Gallery on DiscoverySchool.com"
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  Cat’s & Dog’s Crime Scene –
   Creating an hypothesis
    • A dog’s scent causes cat fear.
  Solving the Crime
    •   Research
    •   Redefine problem
    •   Revisit the hypothesis
    •   Experiment
    •   Form conclusion
    •   Report results
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  CSI Research – The
   history connection
    • Primary research
        • Interviews
        • Exploratory experiments
        • Surveys
    • Secondary research
        •   Books
        •   Journals/newspapers
        •   Internet
        •   CD-ROMs
        •   Television programs
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  “The important thing in
   science is not so much to
   obtain new facts as to discover
   new ways of thinking about
   them.” (Sir William Bragg)
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  “It is good to know
   truth, but it is better to
   speak of palm trees.”
   (African Proverb)
  “A man who has no
   imagination has no
   wings.” (Muhammad
   Ali)
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  Agriscience Fair
   Report
    •   Title page
    •   Table of contents
    •   Abstract
    •   Introduction
    •   Experiment and data
    •   Conclusion
    •   Sources
    •   Acknowledgements      "Clip art licensed from the Clip Art Gallery on DiscoverySchool.com"
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  Abstract versus
   Introduction
    • Abstracts contain:
        •   Project title
        •   Statement of purpose
        •   The hypothesis
        •   Procedure brief
        •   Results
    • Introductions contain:
        • Statement of purpose
        • Background references
          and experiences
        • Objectives
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                                       Title




                          Statement of purpose


                          Hypothesis




                             Procedure brief

                        Results


                        Sample Abstract
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  CSI Research – The
   math connection
   • Reporting results
      • Charts
      • Graphs
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   Sample Table/Graph
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 Sample Table/Graph – cont.
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  Managing Outcomes
   • Do not change your hypothesis
   • Do not omit for or against evidence
   • If outcome is different than the hypothesis,
     suggest why
   • State what could/should happen next
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  CSI Research – The art connection
   • Displaying your results
      •   Be creative
      •   Be organized
      •   Do not clutter
      •   Do not exceed size limitations
           – 78 inches tall, 48 inches wide, 30 inches deep
      • Use relevant photos and simple, correct captions
           – 50 words or less
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  “It takes a person with
   a mission to succeed.”
   (Clarence Thomas)
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  Interviewing Tips
    •   Prepare
    •   Relax
    •   Expose
    •   Publish
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 National Agriscience Fair Categories (5)

 I. Biochemistry/Microbiology/Food Science
  Biology of microorganisms-bacteriology, virology,
    protozoology, fungi bacterial genetics, yeast. This area also
    can include chemistry of life processes-molecular biology,
    molecular genetics, enzymes, photosynthesis, protein
    chemistry, food chemistry, hormones, etc.
    • Examples: Compare different yeast fermentation techniques for
      converting sugars to alcohol. Research resistance of organic fruits
      to common diseases. Examine techniques for controlling molds on
      bakery products.
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 National Agriscience Fair Categories (5)

 II. Environmental Sciences
  Study of pollution (air, water and land) sources and their
    control; ecology.
    • Examples: Study effect of agricultural chemicals on water quality.
      Compare water movements through different soil types. Examine
      effects of cropping practices on wildlife populations. Compare
      different irrigation systems for energy efficiency. Research
      uniform water quality standards.
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 National Agriscience Fair Categories (5)

 III. Zoology (Animal Science)
  Study of animals-animal genetics, ornithology,
    ichthyology, entomology, animal ecology, paleontology,
    cellular physiology, animal husbandry, cytology,
    histology, animal physiology, invertebrate
    neurophysiology, studies of invertebrates, etc.
    • Examples: Compare effects of different thawing temperatures on
      livestock semen. Compare effects of different nutrient levels on
      animal growth. Study effects of growth hormones on meat or milk
      production. Research new disease control mechanisms. Examine
      effects of estrous synchronization on ovulation.
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 National Agriscience Fair Categories (5)
 IV. Botany (Plant/Soil Science)
  Study of plant life-agriculture, agronomy, horticulture,
   forestry, plant taxonomy, plant physiology, plant
   pathology, plant genetics, hydroponics, algae, etc.
    • Examples: Study effects of lunar climate and soil conditions on
      plants growth. Examine effect of substrate particle size on shiitake
      mushroom growth. Research effects of heavy metals such as
      cadmium on edible plants. Compare plant growth using
      hydroponics and conventional methods. Study effect of ultraviolet
      light on soil microbes.
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 National Agriscience Fair Categories (5)

 V. Engineering (Mechanical/Agricultural Engineering
    Science)
  Technology; projects that directly apply scientific
    principles to manufacturing and practical uses-mechanical,
    chemical, electrical, environmental engineering, etc.
    • Examples: Develop alternate energy source engines. Investigate
      light energy sources. Test absorption media for plant materials.
      Compare various tillage methods for energy efficiency.
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  Submission Dates
   • Forms due with postmark date no later than August 15
      •   Application
      •   J-1 and J-2 certification forms
      •   Hazardous Material Waiver
      •   Non-human Vertebrate Endorsement
      •   Checklist for Adult Sponsor/Safety Assessment
      •   Research Expense
      •   Abstract
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  State Participation
   • States may conduct a qualifying competition
   • Five categories with four divisions in each
      • 20 different areas
   • States may enter one project in each of the
     20 areas if they conduct a state qualifying
     competition (limit of 10 if they do not).
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  National Participation
    • No two entries from a
      state may compete
      with each other at the
      national level
    • Students may only
      participate in one entry
      per year (as an
      individual or a team)
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  National Participation – cont.
    • Individuals/Teams may compete
      only once in a category and
      division combination (ex., can
      only compete once in Botany,
      Division I)
       • Would be eligible in the future for
         Environmental Science, Division I     "Clip art licensed from the Clip Art Gallery on
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    • Project display and interview at         ie0005.html


      the National FFA Convention
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  National Awards (2005)
   • First Place - $400.00 cash award
      • First place winners are presented a
        plaque on stage at convention
   • Second Place - $250.00 cash award
   • Third Place – $150.00 cash award
   • All participants receive a recognition
     ribbon and pin (gold, silver, or
     bronze)
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  What does your future look like?

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