2 Science Fair ProjectThere are many sections of a science fair project: Research Paper (Abstract, Literature Review, Purpose/Hypothesis, Materials, Experimental Procedure, Results, Conclusion, Documentation), Journal, and Research ProposalOther parts of Science Fair Project are a Poster and PresentationScience Fair Project is worth 10% of students course grade (Thus it is very important to do good on it)
3 Research Proposal In a research proposal one should : Summarize what will be done in experimentDescribe the experimental group(s) and control groupDescribe what you will be collecting for data. Be specific!!Explain what you will do to measure your dependent variableInclude the number of trials you will do for each sampleRefer to the main materials that you will be usingResearch proposal should be one whole paragraphReaserch proposal should also include 3 sources of infoBe sure to use spell check for proper grammar, punctuation, and spellingThis section is worth 15 points!!!
4 Research Proposal Rubric Problem statement and Sources are worth 3 pointsIdentification is worth 2 pointsProposed method ans materials are worth 12 points!!!
5 Abstract Abstract is a short summary of your experiment Things that should be included in abstract are Problem statement, hypothesis, summary of method, and what was found through the experimentAbstract has to be between words, and it has to be written as one paragraphAbstract is worth 3 points
6 Literature ReviewLiterature review is summary of information that you have gathered in library on your topicLiterature review should be 3-4 pages long, and it should include parentheticalLiterature review should give reader important information about the topicAt the end of Literature review, you must conclude how your research has added to or supported your knowledge of your topicLiterature review is worth 15 points!!!
7 Purpose/HypothesisIn this section you have to write about your hypothesis, and why you chose to do the study that you didYour hypothesis must be based on your Literature review, and it must include your independent and dependent variableThis section must be 5-10 sentences longThis section is worth 3 points
8 MaterialsIn this section, you should include all of the materials you used during the experimentThis section is worth 3 Points
9 Experimental Procedure In this section you have to write about the method you followed for your experiment (be specific and include every little detail)If you had done any calculation during the experiment, you must explain how you did themYou must write Experimental procedure in third person point of view (don't use “I” in this section)This section must be at least one page longThis section is worth 9 Points
10 ResultsIn this section, you must include all of your data (such as tables, graphs, written observations, pictures, and etc…)All tables and graphs should include titles, labels, and units of measurementsThis section is worth 9 Points
11 JournalJournal must contain entries that describe what was done on each day that project was worked onIn addition, all data must be included in the journal
12 Conclusion In this section you should: Discuss if your results support or do not support your hypothesisRefer back to actual dataExplain what you learned through this experimentThis section should be at least one and a half page longThis section is worth 5 Points
13 DocumentationIn this section, you should list your sources in alphabetical order using MLA styleYou should have at least 3-5 sources (and you can only have one from internet)You should use books, magazines, and journals
14 General RequirementsThe research paper should include a title page with title of your study, name, date, teacher and classCreate a table of content for your paper. Make sure that you number each page. Below the contents, write a short paragraph thanking people who contributed to your study.Place all of the pages in proper order: title page, table of contents/acknowledgement, research paper, and documentationThe research paper should be typed or word-processed using 12-font and double spacing.Make sure that your report is neat, and double check all of your work
15 PosterThe purpose of poster board is to present the major parts of your research to get people interested in reading your paperUse a freestanding piece of poster board that folds outInclude that title/problem statement of your research in the middle of the poster boardOn the poster board include entire abstract and written summaries of the following parts of your research paper: Literature review (list facts), purpose, hypothesis, materials/procedure, data, and conclusionPoster must be neat, visually appealing, and informative
16 Presentation Your presentation must be 2-5 minutes long During your presentation:Introduce your topic and explain the purpose of your researchIdentify your variables and state your hypothesisDescribe what was done during the experiment, and include the materials you usedDiscuss the results, particularly your average resultsState your conclusion, and use your data to support your conclusionIdentify two things (dealing with the procedure) that you would do to improve your studyExplain whether your results supported, refuted, or added to your knowledge of your topicAnswer questions posed by classmates and teacherBe sure:to make eye contact with audienceSpeak clearly and loudlyPoint to your posteranswer all questions to best of your abilitiesThis section is worth 20 points!!!
17 Overall rubric Research paper is worth 50 points Organization, Abstract, Purpose/Hypothesis, Materials, are worth 3 pointsLiterature Review & Citations of sources are worth 15 pointsProcedure and results are worth 9 pointsConclusion is worth 5 pointsPresentation is worth 20 pointsOrganization of poster, content of poster, quality of presentation, responses to questions are worth 5 PointsJournal is worth 10 pointsResearch proposal is worth 15 pointsScientific methodology is worth 5 points