2 2nd Annual Science Symposium Partner projectJudged by science department with winners in each class competing for prizesALL projects will be presented to other science students, parents, admin., etc…Top 10 will have the opportunity to compete in the ISU Science Symposium
3 Choose a Topic Pick a topic that: Will be interesting. You can write a 5 page research paper on.You will be able to complete in the required time.Something that can be experimented on and has a relevance to your field
4 Paper Specifications Must be linked to symposium project in 2nd term Will be the background, or preliminary research, required for you to fully understand your science symposium project4-6 pagesTimes New Roman 12 pt. font, 1 inch marginsCited in the MLA styleMinimum of 6 sourcesOf those 6 sources, only 2 can be internet basedMore to come on citations and sourcing (brought to you by Mrs. Flott!)
5 Important Paper Dates Friday, August 30th – 5 potential topics due Wednesday, Sept.4th – Topics handed back, proposals startedMonday, Sept. 9th – Final proposal dueFriday, Oct. 4th – Hard copy sources due, works cited due, interlinear citation sheet dueFriday, Oct. 11th – Peer Editing day (3 required)Friday, Oct. 18th – Final paper due
7 The Board Please get out Poster Presentation sheet Tri-fold poster board will be used to present data at symposiumWill be providedMust be typedTyping specification in packetMust be self-standingNote what must be on tri-fold
8 Proposal due Sept. 9thProposal sheet must have following parts up to the procedure completed:TitleHypothesisVariablesInstead of abstract, you will do background questionsAnswers you need to know before your project can be done to the best of your abilitiesList of Materials – potential costs includedExperimental Procedure
10 TitleChoose a title that reflects your topic and is not oversimplifiedPlace your name and your partner’s name underneath the main titleFont specification on sheet
11 Abstract/Introduction Complete overview of experimentIncludes purpose, experiment, variables, & resultsSummary form, less than 250 wordsAbsolutely NO pronouns
12 Good Abstract/Bad Abstract Please refer to the abstract page as we will be going over an example of a good abstract vs. a bad abstractGood why?Bad why?
13 Hypothesis A hypothesis is not an educated guess Use your preliminary research to make a hypothesis about how you think your experiment will turn out.Easiest to use the “ If I __________ then I think _____”formatExample: If 100 ml of coffee is poured on four pea plants and 100 ml of water in another four pea plants, then the plants with coffee will grow taller as caffeine will stimulate the plants’ growth rate.
14 Experimental Procedure Design your experimentDesign your experiment so that they only test for one thing.CONTROLExample: If you are testing plants:Use the same seeds.Plant all of them with the same soil.Put them all in the same amount of light for the same amount of time.The only thing that should be different about the plants is that one received coffee and the other water.
15 Procedure To increase the validity of your experiment Make sure to keep a control group.Keep in mind sample size.The more objects in your sample the more valid your experiment.Use multiple trials.
16 ProcedureWrite down step-by-step directions on how to do your experiment.Do not leave anything out.Keep sentences short and to the point, do not waste room.Bullet variables at the end.Example
17 Procedure Get 8 pea plants ( 100 cm tall). Place 4 pea plants on each tray.Label one set of plants “Caffeine”.Label the second set “Water”.Pour 100ml of coffee( with caffeine ) onto the soil of each plant twice a week.Pour 100ml of water onto the soil of each plant twice a week.Measure each plant with a metric rulerRecord data in record book.
18 Data/Results All measurements must be in metric Meat of presentation Should take up the most roomShould be visually stimulatingDisplay data using charts, tables, and graphs.Choose the correct graphs for your data.Bar-comparisonPie-percentageLine-change/timeAll measurements must be in metric
19 ResultsAt the bottom of the results section, write a few sentences how your experiment turned out. (Summarize your results)Example:From reading my charts and graphs, Plant Group #1 grew an average of 40cm with 100ml of coffee. Plant Group #2 grew and average of 20cm with 100ml of water. The Plant Group that was given coffee grew 20cm more on the average than the Plant Group that was given water.
20 Conclusion Refer back to hypothesis Be sure to use the term “The hypothesis was/was not supported.Do not say it was right/wrong.Even when your hypothesis was not supported information is gained about the topic.Use scientific reasoning for conclusion, no colloquialism.Discuss any errors and how they could have contributed to manipulating data
21 Future Considerations Tell what you would change if you could do the experiment again.Tell how you might take your experiment to the next step.Tell what other scientists may be doing with this in your particular fieldStill no pronouns – if you need help, ask!
22 Bibliography If you use a source, you must cite it. Let’s just clear this up, YOU WILL HAVE SOURCES!MLA styleEzbib & Son of Citation Machine
23 Additional Info. Copies of abstract sitting in front of poster Regular size font (12 pt, Times New Roman)Research ReportEverything restated in paragraph formRegular font
24 Rubric Rubric for posters will be given at a later date 120 points Do not overlook an area