Science Fair Proposal Bobby Doright May 5, 2007 Mr. Guez/Mrs. Castallano Science Fair Project The Life of a Battery 1. Subject Area: Energy and Temperature 2. Topic: Battery Life 3. Question: Will a typical C battery last longer if it is stored in a refrigerator, freezer, or at room temperature? 4. Rationale: People often store batteries in their refrigerator to keep them ‘fresh.’ This experiment is designed to test to see which environment is the best for extending the life of a battery. 5. Project Type: This Science Fair project is an experiment. I will be testing the life of batteries when they are stored in different environments. 6. Plan: - purchase several C batteries (same brand from same store) - label each batter as: Freezer, Room Temperature, or Refrigerator - place one or two batteries in each of the three temperature settings - store the batteries for three weeks - place the batteries in a toy that requires C batteries and turn it on - record the time the toy begins running and when it stops (due to a lack of battery power/energy) - run the test for each battery recording all times - compare and analyze the date - create a presentation board using data charts, pictures, written information on the experiment/steps/Scientific Method, and collecting materials for demonstration purposes 7. Variable(s): Temperature 8. Assistance/Cost Estimate: I will require parent permission and funds to buy, run and present the experiment. I estimate that the batteries and other materials will be less than $20.00. 9. Timeframe: Proposal Due: 5/5/07 Hypothesis Due: 5/8/07 Begin Experiment (place batteries in different environments): 5/8/07 Test (run toy on batteries/collect data): 6/2/07 Draft of data to teacher: 6/10/07 Assemble Project/Display Board: 6/15/07 Science Fair: 6/17/07 (these dates are for display only - they are not necessarily accurate. Also, your timeframe must be specific to your project.) 10. Materials: 3 or 6 different new C batteries (it may be necessary to use two batteries to run the toy) 1 toy that operates on 1 C battery 1 poster board for display purposes Various markers, pencils, crayons, etc… 10 or more pieces of yellow construction paper (display board background) clock (to time toy/battery life) camera (to take pictures of experiment) computer to create data chart/write information/create display headings/print pictures/etc… 11. Sign off: Student Signature Parent Signature Teacher Signature _________________________ _________________________ _________________________ The Fine Print *Proposal should be typed. You may get the template of this proposal form from your teacher. *All information for presentation, including data charts, should be done on a computer. You may arrange, with your science teacher, a day to come to Extra-Help for this purpose. Don’t wait until the last minute! *Science Fair projects can be expensive. Keep expenses in mind when you design your project – keep to a reasonable and appropriate budget. *Issues related to funding should be brought to your teacher’s attention. *Your teacher can’t assist you during science class. *Take advantage of Extra-Help sessions if you need teacher assistance. *Your presentation is very important. It must be edited, attractive, writing must be clear, data charts/diagrams/pictures must be clear and appropriate, and most importantly everything must be accurate. *This is your project - take responsibility for it. This is a learning experience and potentially a life lesson. If we wanted a project from your older brother/sister or parent, we would ask for one. *Have fun, be creative, and show yourself off. This is something you could remember as a great experience. *Don’t eat broccoli the day before the Science Fair.