Science Fair Documents
Science Fair is a great way to go beyond the mundane and the spoon-fed learning. It's a great way to take on individual projects, prepare for a career in the scientific community, or just discover some cool things. If you would like to participate in science fair I will help where-ever I can. Science Fair is a voluntary activity done outside of school. TEAL time is to be used for students needing extra help on the normal curriculum. Please make time after school on your own to complete these projects. They can be as big or as small as you would like. I primarily use science buddies as a starting point, but by no means are you restricted to this site. I've made some videos that will help with the formatting of the paper and use of spreadsheets and graph making, please utilize them as needed. On the right hand side of this page there are some steps that I feel are necessary to developing a sound project. There are links along the way to documents that will be helpful to complete. On the left and side is general information and links to helpful sites.GOOD LUCK!
Central Utah Valley Science and Engineering Fair
Items to be completed
1. Creating a Log-Book, Choosing a Topic, and Writing a Testable Question
a. Choose a topic by using the Topic Wizard or Browse by topic
b. Use this form to help guide your thoughts
2. Print out and read your science buddies experiment or other experimental design source
3. Conduct Background research on your topic
a. 5+ sources that lend weight and evidence to your experiment (hint: Science Buddies counts). Use this research companion to help you gather information and sources (research companion example).
b. Introduction and Main Body. Try this writing plan page.
c. Bibliography in APA Format
4. Design your experiment
a. Identify your independent and dependent variables.
b. Create a hypothesis in "If I.V., then D.V." Form
c. Identify control variables
d. Identify your control group, experimental group.
Use this document to help with a-d. Variables
e. Create a detailed material list (usually provided by science buddies)
f. Develop a procedure (usually provided by science buddies)
f. Create tables to collect data in (sometimes provided by science buddies)
5. Conduct your experiment
a. Don't forget to record your data. Qualitative and quantitative.
b. take lots of pictures and video during your experiment, think about what you'd like to put on your board. Think about these photos:
-Materials all laid out.
-Experimental set-up, pre-experiment, during the experiment, and after the experiment.
-Include yourself and people that helped.
6. Analyze your data in graphs and paragraphs
a. Make graphs from your tabular data
b. Write small simple 2-5 sentence paragraphs that telling what each graph or table is showing. DO NOT EXPLAIN WHY YOU THINK THINGS HAPPENED, ONLY WHAT IS.
7. Conclusion paragraph
a. Restate your hypothesis, was it correct or needs to be adjusted.
b. Explain the reasoning behind your analysis paragraphs.
8. Future areas of study
a. Did any questions come up that need to be or could be answered with another study, explain?
9. Societal Implications
a. Why was your study useful?
b. Who could use this?
c. Where do you think this field will go in the future?
a. In 200-500 words explain the purpose for your experiment, what you did in your experiment, what were the results, what were the conclusions.
11. Board Presentation
a. Tri-Fold Board that has everything above summarized into short, sweet blurbs. Include the pictures you took, diagrams you drew, graphs, explanations, etc... The goal is to get the audience interested enough that they will pick up your report and read in detail.
12. Put it all together
b. Final Report
c. Tri-Fold Presentation
d. Rehearsed board explanation