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Science Fair Doing it all in one semester (almost)! Nancy Brim Lakeside High School
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
COLLABORATION In Science: Library visit to choose topic All drafts and paperwork handled In English: MLA and writing style explanation Thesis explanation
TIMELINE/DEADLINES August 16- Explanation of project, receive paperwork August 20 - Media Center visit to investigate possible topics August 24 - Project Ideas form due with signed parent acknowledgment; Go over logbook protocol; (10 pts) September 6 - Science Fair Project Plan due (10 pts) September 10 - Discussion of the filling out of GSEF paperwork September 26 - Turn in completed GSEF Paperwork. (15 pts) October 10 - First Draft / Logbook due (10 pts) October 16 - Deadline for all Human Subjects/Prior Approval Paperwork October 17 - Revised Science Fair Project Plan due (10 pts)
TIMELINE/DEADLINES October 31 - Second Draft / Old First Draft / Logbook Due (15 pts) November 14 - Third Draft / Old Second Draft / Old First Draft / Logbook Due (15 pts) December 3 - FINAL RESEARCH REPORT DUE – Old Third Draft / Old Second Draft / Old First Draft / Logbook Due (15 pts) January 11 - Display board due January 16 - Abstract due January 24 - school fair February 6 - county fair April state fair
ASSESSING THE PROJECT Points awarded for paper deadlines October Summary Final draft gets a number grade Drafts are read by teacher and/or peers and editing sheets filled out
October Summary This form helps with managing the ISEF/GSEF paperwork
EDITING DRAFTS First Draft edited by science teacher edited by peers Second Draft edited by science teacher edited by English teacher Third Draft edited by science teacher edited by peers
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 laymans 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)
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)
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.
FINAL PAPER Science and English teacher grade, separately Two grades are averaged; count for both classes County Mandate, 10% (science) SECOND SEMESTER Display Board due first week in January. Abstract due second week in January. Fair is third week in January.
CONCLUSION Collaboration leads to: better writing High overall grades Choosing the topic is the hardest part May try using web quest to help with this Paperwork organization is second hardest All forms can be found at
IMPORTANT ADDRESSES All forms can be found at GSEF Information at ISEF information at Webquest can be found at webquest/sciencefairs webquest/sciencefairs