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  • 1. SCIENCE FAIR Thursday, May 10, 2012 in the Family Center SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT REQUIREMENTS (4 PARTS):1. LOGBOOK: The logbook contains a dated account of everythingthat concerns the project. You are required to keep detailed notes,original observations and data from the experiment in the logbook.The information that will be the basis for the exhibit board comes fromthe logbook.2. DISPLAY BOARD: The purpose of the display is to showwhat you have done. The exhibit should be visuallyappealing, using color and photos to convey the work youhave accomplished. Photographs that are dated andlabeled are useful to relay the progress of the experiment,and/or the outcome of the experiment.1. LOG BOOK Your log book is a start-to-finish, dated record of all work done on the project. Every entry should include the date it was made. It may be handwritten or typed. Use a composition book (also known as a copybook) as your log book. It must be organized with the following 6 sections (use professional looking tabs to clearly label each section):1) Daily Activity Log - personal thoughts, interviews, plans, actions (for example "3/15/10 - gathered experimental data today; data is recorded in raw data/observations section of this log book")2) Research – background information from books, Internet, interviews, etc. Be sure to include a works cited (bibliography) page in this section.3) Method of Investigation • Problem/Research Question - 1 - 2 sentences • Hypothesis - 1 - 2 sentences • Variables - list dependent, independent and controlled variables • Materials – detailed list- include weight, mass, volume, brand of materials • Procedure - numbered list4) Raw Data & Observations - Use tables, notes, pictures, etc., to record the results from your experiment.5) Conclusions - Interpret your results. What do they say or mean? State whether or not your hypothesis was correct and why.6) Recommendations - Make recommendations for improving your project and for further study. 1
  • 2. 2. DISPLAY BOARD • The objective of the display board is to present the main areas and conclusions of your project so that others can easily understand what you accomplished. State the main points and key features of your research so that others will understand what you did and how you did it. • Like books, people will read your board from left to right and top to bottom. Arrange your project information so that observers can read your display in logical order. Part of your challenge is to make it easy for others to understand your work. • The only section not following this rule is the title, which should be located at the top center of your display. The main areas of your display board are explained below. Each section presented on the display board should be a maximum of one paragraph. • Think of the display board as a commercial for your project. 1. Title Use a catchy title to attract the judge’s attention. The title is not the problem, or question, that you were originally concerned with. 2. Data and Graphics Present any significant data, graphs, and pictures in this section. Visual representations of your results, if done effectively, are worth a thousand words. Make sure to clearly label all information. 3. Problem State the problem that you were originally concerned with. 4. Hypothesis State your hypothesis. It must be worded so that it can be tested in your experiment. For example: "If a plant receives fertilizer, then it will grow to be bigger than a plant that does not receive fertilizer." 5. Procedures State the procedures you followed. A step-by-step list of everything you must do to perform your experiment. 6. Results What did you find out from your data? Explain the results here in paragraph form. 7. Conclusions Summarize your science fair project results in a few sentences and use this summary to support your conclusion. Was your hypothesis right or wrong? Can you make a new statement that you know to be true based on your research? 8. Recommendations From everything you learned would you make any recommendations for further research? Write your ideas for research in this section. Suggest changes in the experimental procedure (or design) and/or possibilities for further study. 2
  • 3. Other Display Materials:3. ABSTRACTAn abstract is a brief overview of your project work. It should include the title, your name,and brief summaries of the problem, hypothesis, procedures, data and conclusions. It shouldbe no more than 1 typed page with 1 or 2 paragraphs. Display abstract in front of displayboard (not on the board itself).4. MODELS OR RESEARCH TOOLS (included as part of DISPLAY BOARD grade)Did you create any models or experimental setups that are important in explaining yourwork? Three dimensional objects and pictures are often more effective than words atcommunicating complex ideas. SCIENCE FAIR IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER • March 27: Science Fair Project Question Due • April 17: Log Book Check (incl. research, works cited, hypothesis, procedure) • May 10: Entire Project Due (Display board, bibliography, abstract, log book & models) 3
  • 4. • May 10: Judging will be done at school; Parent display 6:30-8:00 4