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Step By Step To The Science Fair

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Workbook I created for my learners to do during their schience Fair project. Ceanlia

Workbook I created for my learners to do during their schience Fair project. Ceanlia

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  • 1. Explain the Scientific Method. Step by step to the Science Fair: My Journal 1 Ms. Ceanlia Vermeulen June ‘08
  • 2. Choosing my project: How I chose my What I chose Why I chose this project project Step by step to the Science Fair: My Journal 2 Ms. Ceanlia Vermeulen June ‘08
  • 3. MY CHECKLIST. Materials needed Where to get them Done  THE RESEARCH. Step by step to the Science Fair: My Journal 3 Ms. Ceanlia Vermeulen June ‘08
  • 4. Have to do: How to do it: Date Step by step to the Science Fair: My Journal 4 Ms. Ceanlia Vermeulen June ‘08
  • 5. THE RESULTS. [The results of my research/experiment or explain how successful my model was.] Planning my poster display. Step by step to the Science Fair: My Journal 5 Ms. Ceanlia Vermeulen June ‘08
  • 6. Step by step to the Science Fair: My Journal 6 Ms. Ceanlia Vermeulen June ‘08
  • 7. THE CONCLUSION. Describe whether my hypothesis worked or not, and why. Tell what I could have done differently and why. Planning my display. Step by step to the Science Fair: My Journal 7 Ms. Ceanlia Vermeulen June ‘08
  • 8. Step by step to the Science Fair: My Journal 8 Ms. Ceanlia Vermeulen June ‘08
  • 9. THE DISPLAY. DETAILED NOTES AND SKETCHES OF WHAT MY DISPLAY WILL LOOK LIKE. Step by step to the Science Fair: My Journal 9 Ms. Ceanlia Vermeulen June ‘08
  • 10. Step by step to the Science Fair: My Journal 10 Ms. Ceanlia Vermeulen June ‘08
  • 11. Step by step to the Science Fair: My Journal 11 Ms. Ceanlia Vermeulen June ‘08
  • 12. How to setup your backboard: Exhibiting Your Project The next step is to plan an exhibit that will tell the whole story of your project. The display must be self standing and fit on a card table provided by you. Height should be no taller than 122 cm (4 ft), and the width should fit on a standard card table (within 76 X 122 cm limitations). No equipment or parts of the display can hang over the table nor there any equipment on the floor. Most science fairs do not allow table coverings. Your title should be short, to the point and appropriate to the nature of your experiment. Your final display board should be neat and double checked for spelling errors. By looking at your display board, an observer should be able to clearly see your purpose and/or hypothesis, experimental data in the form of charts and/or graphs and a shortened version of the conclusion in your project paper. Arrange your graphs, charts, tables, photographs and/or diagrams neatly across your display board. Remember to take time to use stencils or carefully made letters for all printed titles. You want to give your board a quot;professionalquot; or quot;polishedquot; appearance. Hand written words can give a messy look to your hard work. Refer to the checklist of restrictions for display boards in the IJAS handbook where it says State Student Project and Safety Checklist (look under exhibition safety). Note: Nothing is to be stored under the table. Step by step to the Science Fair: My Journal 12 Ms. Ceanlia Vermeulen June ‘08
  • 13. Step by step to the Science Fair: My Journal 13 Ms. Ceanlia Vermeulen June ‘08
  • 14. SKETCHES Step by step to the Science Fair: My Journal 14 Ms. Ceanlia Vermeulen June ‘08
  • 15. THE PRESENTATION. MY TALK. Oral Presentation You must consider your presentation as an important part of your project. Use an outline or note cards to aid in your presentation. It is your project. Have confidence in your work and in yourself. Don't memorize your presentation! Practice explaining your project. Limit your presentation to 10 minutes. In presenting to the judges, the following approach is suggested: Introduction: Give title, your name(s), grade, school and science teacher. State how you got interested in this project and your reason for choosing it. Give some background explanation for your project (to familiarize the judges), scope of your study, etc. Purpose: State exactly what the investigation is attempting to discover. Acknowledgements: Give credit to those whom you have contacted and to those who have helped you. Also indicate any work done in the past pertaining to your project. Procedure: Be complete and do not leave out necessary details. Proceed in a very logical manner, telling what you did step-by-step, beginning at the very beginning. Use visual aids: Charts, pictures, graphs and diagrams. Point to your display, but stand aside when you do this. Use a pointer for pointing if you wish. Explain how your apparatus was used. If you constructed it yourself, tell the judges. If not, give credit to those who did. Note that judges are more interested in your experiments, results and conclusions than in your apparatus. Results: Explain both your controls and variables. Remember to use proper metric units with your data. Point to charts, graphs, etc. on the display. Discussion or Conclusion: State in a concise and logical order the conclusions you can validly draw from the experimentation you have done and the data and observations obtained. Admit any deficiencies or limitations in this regard. Judges will respect this. Future Plans: Be sure to tell how you plan to carry on your project. You will Step by step to the Science Fair: My Journal 15 Ms. Ceanlia Vermeulen June ‘08
  • 16. probably find that this will be a test of your interest. Questions: When you are finished, ask the judges if there are any questions they would like to ask. When they question you, think and answer slowly. If you don't know the answer, admit that you don't and indicate that you will check into the matter. If the question they ask doesn't appear to be related to your work, clarify exactly what the judges are asking. If you are still convinced that the question is unrelated, politely redirect the conversation back to your project. Thank them for any suggestions they may have for improving your project. Helpful Hints: It is best not to skip any of the above sections. Speak slowly. Be forward but polite, dynamic, and above all enthusiastic about why you are presenting. Practice your presentation. You might stand in front of a mirror to practice eye contact and gestures. Practice in front of parents, friends and other willing victims. You may consider tape recording your presentation so you can hear how you sound to others. Some other tips that will make you presentation more professional include:  Dress neatly and stand up straight.  Don't chew gum or candy.  Stand to the side of your display.  Speak loudly enough to be heard by both judges.  Involve the judges in your work by giving your research paper to them at the beginning of your presentation.  Make eye contact with both judges.  If you have a partner, be sure you share equally in the presentation. Relax and enjoy presenting your research. The judges want you to do a good job and have a rewarding experience. Introduction: Step by step to the Science Fair: My Journal 16 Ms. Ceanlia Vermeulen June ‘08
  • 17. Purpose: Acknowledgements: Procedure: Step by step to the Science Fair: My Journal 17 Ms. Ceanlia Vermeulen June ‘08
  • 18. Results: Discussion or Conclusion: Future Plans: Step by step to the Science Fair: My Journal 18 Ms. Ceanlia Vermeulen June ‘08
  • 19. Helpful Hints: Practice your presentation. Some other tips that will make you presentation more professional include:  Dress neatly and stand up straight.  Don't chew gum or candy.  Stand to the side of your display. Step by step to the Science Fair: My Journal 19 Ms. Ceanlia Vermeulen June ‘08
  • 20.  Speak loudly enough to be heard by both judges.  Involve the judges in your work by giving your research paper to them at the beginning of your presentation.  Make eye contact with both judges.  If you have a partner, be sure you share equally in the presentation. Relax and enjoy presenting your research. The judges want you to do a good job and have a rewarding experience. SELF-ASSESSMENT. What did I enjoy most? Step by step to the Science Fair: My Journal 20 Ms. Ceanlia Vermeulen June ‘08
  • 21. What did I dislike most? Did I put all, some or little effort into this project? What could I do better next time? Step by step to the Science Fair: My Journal 21 Ms. Ceanlia Vermeulen June ‘08
  • 22. What did I learn? Step by step to the Science Fair: My Journal 22 Ms. Ceanlia Vermeulen June ‘08