Science Fair Project Guidelines
Students recieved a Science Fair Information Packet that they were to take home to their parent/guardian and bring back a signed form on October 26, 2012. All 7th & 8th grade students are REQUIRED to complete a Science Fair Project at home. This project is worth 10 daily grades and two major test grades.
ALL students needing help with completing their project or access to scientific tools at the school are encouraged to come to Odyssey on Saturday, January 8th from 8am – 1pm to work on their projects. Students who choose to come and work on their project must bring their project board and any materials that are necessary for their project. Any students that do not have ample materials or are not working on their project will be asked to leave.
The following is a copy of the packet sent home in October.
|Student Initials (completed)||Teacher Initials||Grade|
|Brainstorm Topics, Questions, and Ideas. Submit project idea proposal.
|Formulate Question/ Problem. Submit written problem that can be answered by completing your science project.
|Background Research (1 – 2 pages typed research paper- 12 point font- Arial) Daily Grade||
|Hypothesis (Must be in an If…… Then….. format) Daily Grade||
|Procedures (Step by step- in a numbered list) Daily Grade||
|Data/Results- Must include a chart or graph detailing & analyzing results of experiment
|Conclusion- 1-2 paragraphs summing up the outcome of the experiment
|Abstract- a 2-3 paragraph summary of the entire science project Daily Grade||
|Science Board- trifold display containing all parts of experiment
Required Science Fair Project Research
You are required to do research related to your science project topic. The purpose of this research is to further your knowledge and deepen your understanding of this topic. It is not a report on your project, but an extension of your learning.
Your research paper is required to be:
- 1 – 2 pages typed; 12 point font- Arial or Times New Roman
- Written in your own words
- Cite at least 3 sources of information (books, magazines, internet, scientific journals, tv shows)
The Research Paper will be displayed in front of your Science Fair display board next to the Science Fair Notebook.
Science Project Notebook
You must keep a Science Project Notebook/Journal to document everything that you do for this project. You are required to keep ALL notes in this notebook! Ideally, someone should be able to learn everything there is to know about your project, from beginning to end, just by reading the notebook. Entries may happen several times in one day. Most entries are handwritten, but a computer may be used to make charts, tables, and graphs. You may cut and paste these items into your notebook.
Leave any mistakes in your notebook. Rather than tearing out the page, draw a line through your mistake and then continue on with your work. The judges will notice that you corrected yourself, which indicates that you learned something new!
This notebook will be presented along with your science project display board and research report.
Your Science Project Notebook should include:
ð Title Page
ð Problem/ Question (what you are testing)
ð Background Research (why you chose this project, where you got the idea, etc…)
ð Hypothesis (prediction of what you think will happen)
ð List of Materials used in the investigation (experiment)
ð Procedure (step-by-step directions of how to do the experiment)
ð Daily Log (dated journal entries) with notes on the progress of your project- what you’re doing, problems you have, things you’d change if you were doing this experiment again, and to share your thinking.
ð Variable and Control List
ð Data/ Results: Tables, charts, graphs, and pictures- each well labeled and explained
ð Conclusion: What you learned from the experiment, whether your hypothesis was correct/incorrect and why, what you learned, what you would do different, and real world uses of your experiment
ð Reference Page (Cited sources)
Science Project Categories
Your science project must fit into one of the following categories. These are the categories used by the Galveston County Science Fair for 7th – 12th grade. Please check which category your project fits into.
- Behavioral/Social Science
- Environmental Science
- Earth/Space Science
- Computer Science
* Please remember that projects may not involve the harming of animals or people.
Background Research Paper
Your background research paper must be 1 – 2 pages typed, double spaced, in Arial or Times New Roman 12 point font. Your research paper should include research that pertains to your project. Be sure to include only facts, no personal opinions should be present. All facts should be cited. Be sure to include the name and location of each source you use.
Your research paper must include an introduction stating what the paper is going to discuss. The research paper must include facts from a minimum of 3 sources. Facts should be located in the body of the paper. The research paper must also include a conclusion that sums up your research.
Tri-Fold Presentation Board
Students will be required to have a display board; a tri-fold is preferred. Work on the display board should begin three weeks prior to the Science Fair. Students will need to purchase their own science fair display board, not a poster board. The board size should be approximately 36″ high and 48″ wide. An example of a display board is shown at the top of the page. Science fair boards can be purchased at Wal-Mart, Target, Office Depot or most office supply stores.
Requirements on Board:
Title: Short statement of what the investigation is about. (This should be informative and creative)
Problem/Question: Ask a question that you plan to try and answer through your investigation.
Hypothesis: Your prediction of what will happen during the investigation (If… Then format)
Materials: List of materials needed for investigation.
Procedures: A planned set of steps to test your hypothesis.
Data and Results: Collect information from the experiment in an organized format.
What does the data determine? (must include chart/table or graph)
Conclusion: Answering the original question from the hypothesis. Must answer the questions we discussed in class.
Reference Page: Include all cited sources from research.