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					     Computer Requirements
        and References

                      Minimum requirements:
                     Window 95 operating system
                              4 MB Ram
                 Microsoft Power Point for Windows 95
                              Version 7b

 “Nuts and Bolts”, A Matter of Fact Guide To Science Fair Projects,
              Barry A. Van Deman and Ed Mcdonald

“How To Make Your Science Fair Project Scientific”, Thomas Moorman
               Richard Sunberg and Dr. Sheri Hunt
            Use the information on this
            slide to help with formatting
                     and printing.
             Formatting                                      Printing
Your font pt size will determine how             When printing on 8.5 by 11 size
large the print needs to be. The                 paper: select the file
larger the pt the larger the print (18           pulldown,highlight print, choose the
pt)                                              printer you have, letter paper size
Your font pt size will determine how large the   and print slides.
text box needs to be. (14 pt) Can you see the    When printing poster size: select the
size difference in the size of the letters?
                                                 file pulldown, highlight print, properties,
All of the text boxes may be resized to          application page 8.5 x 11, print scale
give the best layout. When you click             400%, print slide(s).
on the text, a gray border will surround         Two different slide templates are
the text in that text box. Grab the outer        included for your use. Choose the
gray edge to resize or move. Click in            format you like and delete the slide(s)
the box and highlight text you would             you don’t use before printing. Delete
like to change.                                  this slide before printing.
        Science Fair Poster
         Template Slides
• Each slide in this presentation may be used
  as a separate 8.5 by 11 sheet for individual
  areas of the overall poster such as: Title,
  Summary, Results etc.. These may be printed
  on any ordinary deskjet or laser printer either
  in black and white or color.
• At the end of this presentation there is a
  master slide that shows all of the individual
  slides. This single slide may be printed onto
  roll 36 in. paper generating the entire science
  fair poster with no need to paste the
  individual slides. This may be done at a
  printing place like Kinko’s. In black and white
  it will cost ~$0.24/ linear inch. In color it may
  cost as much as $150.00.
Tell the story of your poster in 2 or 3 sentences
  including any numerical results.

• A good summary will get people interested in
  looking at the rest of your poster.

• You may want to use bullet points as shown
  here at the beginning of the sentence.
      » This is another type of bullet point. It is another level
        of detail.
    Hypothesis or Objective
The hypothesis is stated as the question you
  were trying to answer.

The hypothesis is the most important part of
  your science project.

The better you understand the question you are
  trying to answer, the more likely it is that you
  will do the right experiment to answer your
• This is where you can tell a little bit about the
  problem you are trying to solve by answering
  a question.

• Make sure you include where you got your
  information. For example, did you get it from
  a book, or the television or your parents?

• Explain anything that may help those looking
  at your poster to understand why you asked
  the question that you did in your hypothesis.
     Materials and Methods
• Just like a cookbook recipe, you want to list
  what your experiment is and how you did
  your experiments.
      » Make sure to include all of the ingredients.

• Don’t forget to give the details of how you
  made your observations or collected your
      » Did you need any special equipment? Did you have
        to do something unusual, like poke a hole in a piece
        of card board to observe what you saw? Why was it
        important to design your experiment in the way that
        you did?
• What kind of information did you gather to
  answer your hypothesis?
              » Is it a series of numbers? Chart or graph your data.
                                        To change the look of the chart, double
                                        click on it. To change the data in the
                                        chart, double click on the chart, use the
        1st   2nd   3rd   4th
                                        view pulldown and choose datasheet.
        Qtr   Qtr   Qtr   Qtr

• Can you take a picture of the answer or your
              » Put it into your poster as a scanned image.
                                Here is an example of a picture inserted into
                                the poster. This one is from clip art, but a
                                scanned image from your camera would also

• Don’t draw any conclusions in the results
  section, just tell the data.
• What did you think about or observe during
  the design, set-up and execution of your

• Did you see anything surprising or

• Give the details of the most important
  measurement or data generating step.

• Is this work something you want to patent?
• Does your data make sense?
     » For example, are the numbers too big or too small for
       what you would expect? Did things happen too fast
       or surprisingly slow? Did the temperature go as you
       would expect?

• Have you answered your hypothesis?
     » What is the answer?
     » If this experiment did not answer the question, then
       explain why not.
                   Next Steps
• An important outcome of an experiment
  should be an indication of what should be
  done next. For example, should the
  experiment be:
      »   Repeated
      »   Re-designed
      »   Suspended
      »   Terminated
      »   Or have you designed your study so well that you
          only need to write it up as it is.
                        Descriptive Title Here
                                    Your Name Here
     Summary                        Materials & Methods                                          Discussion
Text description of project            Experimental design -                                  Tell about your thought
and the major result.                  have your laboratory                                   process which led to
                                       notebook with you for                                  your results.
                                       more details.
     Objective                                  Results                                         Conclusions
   (hypothesis)                            90
                                                                         East    Graph
                                                                         North            OK, you did all this work
Concise question that was                  40
                                           20                                             So what…?
addressed.                                 10
                                                                                          Do the results make
                                                1st   2nd   3rd    4th
                                                Qtr   Qtr   Qtr    Qtr

                                     To change the look of the chart,
     Background                      double click on it. To change the data
                                                                                                 What Would
                                     in the chart, double click on the chart,
(Information search)                 use the view pulldown and choose
                                                                                                 You Do Next

Information obtained from                                         Here is an example of a
                                                                  picture inserted into the
books, people, TV news                                            poster. This one is from
etc.                                                              clip art, but a scanned        What’s left to do?
                                                                  image from your camera
Click “embed Truetype fonts” when                                 would also work.
saving your presentation

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