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1 SCIENCE FAIR Doing it all in one semester (almost)! Nancy Brim Lakeside High School

2 MY SCHOOL SITUATION 7 period day 50 minute classes Gifted chemistry students Collaboration with gifted English teachers WHAT STUDENTS ARE TOLD Ninth grade year Difference between accelerated and gifted chemistry Single science/English paper

3 COLLABORATION In Science:  Library visit to choose topic  All drafts and paperwork handled In English:  MLA and writing style explanation  Thesis explanation

4 TIMELINE/DEADLINES Aug Explanation of project, receive paperwork Aug Media Center to investigate topics Aug Project Ideas form due with signed parent acknowledgment; Go over logbook protocol; (10 pts) Sept. 2 - Discussion of the filling out of GSEF paperwork. Sept. 3 - Science Fair Project Plan due (10 pts) Sept Turn in completed GSEF Paperwork. (15 pts) Sept First Draft / Logbook due (10 pts) Oct. 1 – Revised Project Plan due (10 pts) Oct. 3 - Deadline for all Approval Paperwork

5 TIMELINE/DEADLINES Oct Second Draft / Old First Draft / Logbook Due (15 pts) Nov. 5 - Third Draft / Old Second Draft / Old First Draft / Logbook Due (15 pts) Dec. 3 - FINAL RESEARCH REPORT DUE – Old Third Draft / Old Second Draft / Old First Draft / Logbook Due (15 pts) Jan. 7 - Display board due Jan. 9 - Abstract due Jan school fair Feb. ? - county fair Mar. ?- state fair

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14 ASSESSING THE PROJECT Points awarded for paper deadlines GSEF paperwork points Final draft gets a number grade Drafts are read by teacher and peers and editing sheets filled out

15 OCTOBER SUMMARY This form helps with managing the ISEF/GSEF paperwork

16 EDITING DRAFTS First Draft edited by science teacher edited by peers Second Draft edited by science teacher edited by peers Third Draft edited by English teacher Final Draft Graded by science teacher

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18 PEER EDITING

19 FINAL PAPER RUBRIC SCIENTIFIC METHOD 45% Title Page (5) Table of Contents (5) Introductory paragraph, thesis (5) Hypothesis in summary par. (5) Ind/Dep. Variables identifiable (5) All brand names listed (2) Materials written in paragraph form (2) Methods: control evident and necessary (3) Methods: limited independent variable (3) Methods: experiment can be replicated exactly (3) Methods: limited independent variable (3) Methods: experiment can be replicated exactly (3) Methods: all metric measurements (3) Methods: adequate sample size (3) Methods: written in layman’s terms (3) Methods: sound experimental design (3) Data table and paragraph summary of data (5) Statistical analysis used (5) Hypothesis proved/disproved (5) Results discussed (5) Discussion of possible error in experiment (5) Correct MLA citation form used for all (10) Alphabetical, no numbers, hanging indent; double spaced (3) Variety of sources, not website heavy (4) Minimum of five sources (4) Only.gov,.edu, or teacher approved sites (4)

20 FINAL PAPER RUBRIC SCIENTIFIC THOUGHT 20% Project applicability in the real world (10) Sound scientific thought – background research -clear support of hypothesis (25) Innovative hypothesis (10) Sound data collection method and presentation (15) Valid conclusion drawn (15) Future applicability proposed/What next? (15) Responsiveness to changes made in past drafts (10) PAPER FORMAT 25% 12 pt Times New Roman, double spaced, 1” margins (6) Logical writing with transitions (15) Parenthetical citations used (15) Noun-verb agreement (4) Pronoun (indefinite, reference, ambiguous) (4) Sentences clear, clear diction (4) No fragments or run-on sentences (4) Present tense – research/bkgrnd (4) Past tense – rest of paper (4) Active voice – research/bkgrnd (4) Passive voice – experiment (4) Written in third person (4) Correct spelling (5) Correct punctuation (5) Correct Capitalization (5) No start with ‘and’, ‘but’, #s, etc. (4) First/last sentence own words (4) No contractions (4) Spell out numbers 1-10 (4)

21 FINAL PAPER RUBRIC DUE DATES 10% Project Ideas Project Plan – revised Project Plan nd draft/1st /logbook Fair Paperwork Third draft/2nd/1st st draft/logbook Final paper TOTAL POINTS – EACH SECTION Scientific Method – 45% Scientific Thought – 20% Paper Format – 25% Due Dates – 10% Each teacher that grades your paper will fill out a rubric gradesheet. The scores will be averages for your final project grade in all classes.

22 FINAL PAPER Science teacher grade Counts under the “Assessment during Learning (20%) or the “Guided, Independent, or Group Practice (45%). SECOND SEMESTER Display Board due first week in January. Abstract due first week in January. Fair is second week in January.

23 SUMMARY Collaboration leads to:  better writing  High overall grades Choosing the topic is the hardest part Use a web quest to help with this Paperwork organization is 2 nd hardest All my forms can be found at science-fair/

24 GETTING STARTED – Choosing a Topic Selecting a topic for a science fair project may be the toughest part of the process. The Internet and the media center or Public Library are good places to find a topic, but most students are not focused when they begin their search. Without knowing what it is that you are looking for, it is almost impossible for you to come up with something that is going to work as a topic.

25 GETTING STARTED – Choosing a Topic FIRST STEP Pick an area of science in which you have a particular interest. You are going to be with your topic for 6 months….If you don’t pick a topic interesting to you, it will be a very long six months. Look closely at your interests, experience, and resources before settling on a topic.

26 GETTING STARTED – Choosing a Topic SECOND STEP Go to the sciencebuddies.org website and select the Topic Selection Wizard on the left hand side. sciencebuddies.org You can also go through the Idea Finder in the bottom left hand corner at the Discovery Education.com website. Discovery Education.com

27 GETTING STARTED – Choosing a Topic THIRD STEP: there are several other places to look: Search Engines and Subject Portals Web Sites for Topics/Ideas Research Magazines and Other Traditional Periodicals

28 REMINDER! BE SURE YOU CHOOSE A TOPIC THAT YOU CAN TEST AND TEST USING MATERIALS AVAILABLE TO YOU…

29 GOOD TOPIC SITES Education.com – encefair/ideas.htmlhttp://k12pages.r8esc.k12.in.us/allen/swacs/sci encefair/ideas.html Science Project – The Ultimate Science fair resource – Science Fair Home Page – Science Fair projects and Experiments –

30 GOOD TOPIC SITES All Science Fair Projects – science-fair-projects.com/http://www.all- science-fair-projects.com/ ScienceNews for Kids – kids kids Terimore Institute Inc. – Science Stuff.com Super Science Fair Projects

31 WEBQUESTS https://sites.google.com/a/viacademy.org/t ania-tanzir/ https://sites.google.com/a/viacademy.org/t ania-tanzir/ /index.htm /index.htm Scientific+Method+Web+Quest Scientific+Method+Web+Quest

32 IMPORTANT ADDRESSES Forms:http://nancyhbrim.wordpress.com/lh s-science-fair/http://nancyhbrim.wordpress.com/lh s-science-fair/ GSEF Information at cademic-special-programs/georgia- science-and-engineering-fair cademic-special-programs/georgia- science-and-engineering-fair ISEF information at https://student.societyforscience.org/forms https://student.societyforscience.org/forms


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