Agenda: ◦ Introductions ◦ Important Dates ◦ Science Fair Overview ◦ Project Guidelines ◦ Science Fair Project Example ◦ Helpful Websites to get you started Ms. Simone, Science Fair Coordinator, email@example.com or by phone, 795- 2211 Mrs. Bond, Mrs. Glenn, Mrs. Luce, Mr. Mitchell, and Mrs. Spikes Mrs. Bockiaro, Mrs. Boyd, Mrs. Clark, Mrs. Dixon, and Mrs. Lewis Mrs. Hackey Project Proposal to Teacher due by October 3, 2012 (the sooner you get it in to be approved, the sooner you can start) Science Fair Projects Due to School: November 26, 2012 School Science Fair Date: November 29, 2012 Regional Science and Engineering Fair Date: January 30, 2013 at Citrus County Auditorium RSEF Awards Ceremony Date: February 1, 2013 at Curtis Peterson Auditorium The Steps for a Successful Science Fair Project A successful scientist uses the scientific process in order to conduct investigations. Pieces of the scientific process include forming a question to investigate and then a hypothesis, designing and implementing a procedure, collecting data, and forming a conclusion based on your data. A. Student What is my interest? B. Parent Selected Topic Will I be able to help? C. Teacher Is the project on level? What are my interests? What would I like to learn about? Do I have a question about something? Where to look for topics? Science Fair books Internet Teacher Does my project meet the rule requirements? Should I help with the selected topic? Does the selected project meet the rule requirements? Do we have the needed materials for the project or know where to purchase or borrow? Do we have a timeline for the experiment to be done on time? Is my child meeting the deadlines of the teacher? How should I help to put the research paper and display board together? Your child’s teacher will review the project proposal and make sure that it meets the requirements. Your child’s teacher will also ask: Is the project at the student’s ability level? Is there parent approval? Your child’s teacher will provide you with a timeline of due dates for particular pieces of the science fair project. The log starts on the date you start your investigation Each new entry must be dated This log is HANDWRITTEN – not typed- in a notebook ALL observations and measurements are to be recorded Remember all measurements are metric This is a sentence or question about the problem. Example: What type of container will keep my soda cooler longer? Or I would like to compare the temperature of a glass bottle of soda to a can of soda. BOOKS: Encyclopedias Topic Books Magazines/Newspapers RESEARCH about Project INTERNET: Media Center Websites Minimum of 5 references Search by Topic CD ROM: Grolier Compton Must be written in your own words. Do not just print the pages from the computer. ◦ Research your topic in books and online ◦ Make notes as you do the research ◦ Paraphrase what you read in your OWN words ◦ Research may be typed or handwritten ◦ You are to have a minimum of five sources ◦ Must list your sources in the bibliography in the correct format (on the materials list) A hypothesis is a statement of what you believe will happen in the experiment. This statement is based on the research you have done. Do not start with “I think.” Examples: “The can will keep the soda cooler longer than the plastic or glass bottle.” OR “If soda is placed in can, then the soda will stay cooler longer than in plastic or glass.” Materials List: Procedure: All materials The procedure is a step by step set of needed to conduct the directions on how to experiment: do the experiment. Remember to use are Paper metrics. Pencil Step 1 – gather all Ruler materials Measuring cup Step 2 – explain how to set Etc. up experiment Etc. Observe: Watch Look Record: During the Notes Experiment Journal/Log Results Analyze Data: What have I learned from the results? The experiment is to be repeated at least 3 times. This is part of the rubric. This is done in order to prove the results as true. This is a sentence or sentences that state what did happen during the experiment. What did you learn from the experiment? You can also use the conclusion to compare and contrast your results with your hypothesis, and compare and contrast your different trials. What could the results be used for? How could I use the knowledge I have gained from the experiment? How will I use what I have learned? How could others use the information I have gained from the experiment? Use your research in this step!!! The Display Board Title/ Question Data/ Hypothesis Results Graphs Charts Conclusion Procedure Pictures Application *Abstract Optional Notebook Log Required 1) Science Fair Center - www.sciencefaircenter.com/science_fair_planning.tpl?cart=11249928173913392#1 2) Science Fair Center for nonscientist parents – www.sciencefaircenter.com/science_fair_basics.tpl?cart=11249928173913392 3) What Makes a Good Science Fair Project? www.usc.edu/CSSF/Resources/Good_Project.html 4) Discovery School .com – http://.school.discovery.com/sciencefaircentral/ 5) Elementary Projects (Grades 4 - 6) - http://www.cdli.ca/sciencefairs/elem.html 6) Science Projects 13.01 - http://members.ozemail.com.au/%7Emacinnis/scifun/projects.htm#N42 7) IPL – Science Fair Resource Guide - www.ipl.org/youth/projectguide/ 8) Successful Science Fair Projects - http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/fair.html 9) Science Fair Prep - www.cyberbee.com/science/prep.html 10) Steps To Prepare A Science Fair Project(Cyber Fair) - www.isd77.k12.mn.us/resources/cf/steps.html 11) Science Fair Ideas – USGS – www.earthquake.usgs.gov/4kids/sciencefair.html 12) Yahoo – Ask Earl - http://yahooligans.yahoo.com/content/ask_earl/20020123.html 13) Agricultural Ideas for Science Fair Projects - http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/kids/fair/ideasframe.htm 14) Lycos Search - http://search.lycos.com/?src=sf&loc=sem&query=science+fair+project+ideas&nlubid=1 15) Science Fair Resource Center - http://www.hallbar.com/sciencecenter.html 16) Science Fair Links - http://www.rcs.k12.va.us/csjh/sciencefair.htm You are able to be successful!
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