6 Logbook Start-to-finish, dated record of all work done on the project. Every entry should include the date it was made.May be handwritten or typed.Use a composition book.Must be organized with the following 6 sections (use professional looking tabs to clearly label each section):
7 Daily Activity Log - personal thoughts, interviews, plans, actions For example:3/15/11 - did background research on Internet today; notes are recorded in background info section of this log book
8 Background Info –research-from books, Internet, interviews, etc.include a works cited page in this section (websites, books used, etc.)
9 Scientific Method of Investigation Problem/Research Question sentencesHypothesis sentencesVariables - list independent variable, dependent variable, controlled variables (constants)Equipment & Materials - listProcedure - numbered list
10 Variables It is important for an experiment to be a fair test. You conduct a fair test by making sure that you change one factor at a time while keeping all other conditions the same.
11 One thing that you changed in your experiment. Independent VariableOne thing that you changed in your experiment.If you are testing the growth of plants in different light levels, the independent variable is the amount of light each group of plants receives.
12 Dependent Variable Quantity that you are measuring in your experiment If you are testing the growth of plants in different light levels, the dependent variable might be the height of the plants grown in different light levels.
13 Controlled variables Variables that were held constant for all groups. If you are testing the growth of plants in different light levels, the controlled variable might be the type of plants, the pot size, the amount of dirt and the amount of water.
14 Raw Data, Observations - use tables, notes, etc Raw Data, Observations - use tables, notes, etc., to record your experimental results
15 Findings & Interpretations Interpret your results.What do they say?
16 State whether or not your hypothesis was correct and why. Conclusions & RecommendationsState whether or not your hypothesis was correct and why.Make recommendations for improving your project & for further study.
17 Science Fair Project Requirements: 2. Display BoardThe purpose of the display is to show what you have done.The exhibit should be visually appealing, using color and photos to show the work you have done.Photographs that are dated and labeled are useful to relay the progress of the experiment, and/or the outcome of the experiment.
18 The objective of a display board is to present the main areas and conclusions of your project so that others can easily understand what you accomplished.
19 Think of the display board as a commercial for your project.
20 TitleThe title of your project. Your name.Data and GraphicsPresent any significant data, graphs, and pictures in this section. Visual representations of your results, if done effectively, are worth thousands of words.
21 Problem/ PurposeState the problem that you were originally concerned with and explain why you selected the topic you did?HypothesisState your hypothesis as an if/then statement.
22 ProcedureState the procedures you followed. What experiments did you perform and why?ResultsWhat did you find out from your data? Explain the results here.
23 ConclusionsWas your hypothesis right or wrong? Can you make a new statement that you know to be true based on your research?RecommendationsFrom everything you learned would you make any recommendations for further research? Write your ideas for research in this section.
24 3. Abstract brief overview of your project work include the title, your name, and brief summaries of the problem, hypothesis, procedures, data and conclusions no more than one typed page with paragraphs
25 4. Models and/or visual aids Did you create any models or experimental setups that are important in explaining your work? 3-D objects and pictures are often more effective than words at communicating complex ideas.
31 SCIENCE FAIR IMPORTANT DATES! August 13: Science Fair Letter to Parents DueAugust 17: Science Fair Project Question DueAugust 31: Research (at least 2 full pages) & Hypothesis DueSeptember 14: Procedure DueSeptember 28: 1stLog Book Check (at least two weeks of data)November 16: Last Log Book Check ( at least two months of data)November 26-December 7: Entire Project Due(Display board, bibliography, abstract & log book)December 12: Judging will be done at school;
38 REQUIREMENTS POINTS Project Question– DUE: August 17,24 /10 Research- 2 full pages – include works citedDUE: August 31/40Hypothesis DUE: August 31Procedure DUE: September 14Log Book Check DUE: September 28/30Completed Logbook DUE: November 16/50Abstract (typed summary) DUE: November 26-December 7Display Board (use of models/pictures, followed directions, neatness, clarity, creativity)DUE: November 26-December 7/300TOTAL/500
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