SCiet1te FCllr. PQreFit Meet-It1g Oct. Sf!; S:3e PM Woods MPR This project will be a combination of research and experimentation. Your child must PROVE something and NOT demonstrate it. Your child will go through the entire scientific process creating a research plan while keeping a journal of the entire process-from day I.NO restrided projects will be excepted under any circumstances. No experimentscan be done on using human subjects, vertebrate animals, biological agents (noblood, teeth, tissue, hair, bacteria, fungi, mold, etc.) or hazardous chemicals,activities, or devices (anything regulated like chemicals and bleach, controlledsubstances, prescription drugs, alcohol, tobacco, firearms, explosives, lasers).Meetings will be held on Thursdays at 8:05 AM in Room 19 for students interestedin going on to the county science fair. These meetings are not mandatory for 6thgrade students who are completing a project for their teacher.Below you will find a timeline as to when each part of the project is due for all 6thgrade students along with those interested in going on to the county science fair. Item DueOct. 11 Question / Problem everything must be kept in your journalOct. 18 Nothing due--vVork on your research everything must be kept in your journalOct. 25 Bibliography (must have 5 sources) and Hypothesis due--Research done everything must be kept in your journalNov. 01 List of Nlaterials and Procedure due everything must be kept in your journal
Nov. 08 Nothing due-vVork on experiment keeping tables, graphs, drawings, and/or pictures everything must be kept in your journal Nov. 15 Nothing due-vVork on experiment keeping tables, graphs, drawings, and/or pictures everything must be kept in your journal Nov. 22 Nothing due-Work on experiment keeping tables, graphs, drawings, and/or pictures everything must be kept in your journal Nov. 29 Results, Conclusion, and Further Research due everything must be kept in your journal Dec. 06 Board due between 8:00 - 8:30 AM in the MPR 6:00 PM MPR Doors open for public viewing 6:20 PM Awards will be given out Dec. 14 Those going on to the Fresno County science fair-fill out forms in the LAB at 1:45 PMEvery 6th grade student will be given a detailed packet explaining each of the stepsrequired above from their teacher. All 4th and 5th grade students must attend thefirst meeting in order to obtain the packet. This information will be on the schoolswebsite as well.Below I have listed two websites for topic ideas; however, there are many websitesthat contain great information.www.usc.edu/CSSF/ www.all-science-fair-projects.comhttp://schooI.discoveryeducation.comlsciencefaircentrallGetting-StartedlInvestigation.htmlhttp:UschooI.discoveryeducation.comlsciencefaircentraI!search-California state science fair or free science fair projectsIf you have any questions, you may contact me by email firstname.lastname@example.org by phone at 327-8800. I look forward to working with your children.NIrs. NIueller4th Grade Teacher/County Science Fair AdvisorcreemuelIer@cusd.com327-8800
Title: The title is almost always centered at the top of the middle of the project board. 1. Question/Problem: This is a short paragraph explaining the main things(s) you were wondering about your project. It could also tell why you chose this topic and/or why you were wondering about this. 2. Research (including a bibliography): This is a summary of the research/information you found on your topic. It is usually written in a paragraph format. Your summary tells what key information you found that explained some of the scientific concepts or helped you to understand your experiment. Sometimes, students will list words and their definitions (like a vocabulary list) of the words that were new to them. The bibliography can be included at the end of the research or on the project board itself (this is preferred, but sometimes there is limited space on the board). 3. Hypothesis: After youve done your research and planned the experiment, you should have an idea ofwhat you think the answer(s) to your question or problem will be. The hypothesis is a straightforwardstatement as to the possible results of your tests.4. Materials Needed list: This is a complete list of the items you will need for your experiment. It is writtenas a list and not in a paragraph format. List exactly how many and/or the size of the items (needing 6 oz cupsand 8 oz cups are two separate items on the list). If you are measuring something over time, you might need astopwatch or a clock, as well as the materials needed to measure (gram scale, tape measure, glass measuringcup, etc).5. Procedure: The steps, or the procedure, of your experiment can be written in a list format. You might usea sentence or several sentences to explain each step. List the steps in order as you do them. Someone shouldbe able to follow these steps and do the experiment exactly as you.6. Data (tables, graphs, observations, drawings, pictures): Its a good idea to take pictures of yourexperiment as you are doing it. Be sure not to get your face(or anyone elses) in the picture (judges should notrecognize you). Be sure to take pictures of the testing every step of the way. The pictures show the judgeshow the experiment looked. Put your data into graphs or tables and put these on the board. You may want todraw a diagram or picture of something relating to your experiment. Every project is different so the types ofpictures, diagrams, and graphs will be different for each person.7. Results: While testing, youve been recording the data. In this section, you write in sentences what thedata shows. Your sentences will say something like: "Of the 40 students studied, 75% said they preferred thetaste of 7-Up and 22% preferred Sprite. Three percent of the students stated both tasted exactly the same."Dont forget to report negative results or test failures with your results. Failures are results too. This sectioncan be in paragraph or "bulleted" form.
8. Conclusion: This section is where you compare your results to your hypothesis. You explain if yourhypothesis was correct and you use the results of your test to support this explanation. You are drawing aconclusion about your results and if the results are meaningful. If your test did not go as you thought, youwould include some statements as to what you would do differently if you did this test again.9. Discussion and Further Research: In this section, you analyze your results and how they have meaning tothe world. Now that you know this information (the results and conclusion), how can you use it? You couldalso write about what new questions you have about your topic and what you would do for further research.10. Journal: This is a compilation of the diary/journal that you have kept throughout your experimenting. Itwould include dates of meetings, notes from researching and planning, and the data from the actual testing.Material printed or collected could be kept in back of the journal. This information is put together in a binderor folder and placed on the table in front of the project board. It is not attached to the board itself.Acknowledgements: Science projects should be done by students, but often adults help out. If an adult spentextra time in guiding, monitoring, typing, or mentoring, it could be acknowledged on the board. If an adultwas needed to operate a special tool or apparatus, this should be stated.Be sure that the students name or school name do NOT appearon the board.
PROBLEM TiTlE RESULTSA question that states what the Bold, Large lettering Relates to the experiment. What project is about happened? Explain your data, graphs, charts in words. PROCEDURE RESEARCH A step by step description of what CONCLUSION Summary of back-ground you did, clear and complete (like a information recipe) Relates to the hypothesis. Did the data support the hypothesis or not? Discuss and compare data to HYPOTHESIS DATA, GRAPHS, CHARTS, hypothesis PICTURES A statement of the projected outcome Of the data collected FURTHER RESEARCH If hypothesis is not supported, MATERIALS could it be altered?List everything needed include Ideas for further experiments weights and numbers of relating to a modified hypothesis What could you do/change next time? Title ., COI1C·,.· . .,, IwBl ~; .. D;e 011 Or ~ ..- QClJa.s· .",~) , .~. 1011 ... - , -,~ . , . . . . -~:hIIIIII
Format ExamplesBooksFormat:Authors last name, first initial. (Publication date). Book title. Additional information. Cityof publication: Publishing company.Examples:Allen, T. (1974). Vanishing wildlife of North America. Washington, D.C.: NationalGeographic Society.Encyclopedia & DictionaryFormat:Authors last name, first initial. (Date). Title of Article. Title of Encyclopedia (Volume,pages). City of publication: Publishing company.Examples:Bergmann, P. G. (1993). Relativity. In The new encyclopedia britannica (Vol. 26, pp.501-508). Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica.Magazine & Newspaper ArticlesFormat:Authors last name, first initial. (Publication date). Article title. Periodical title, volumenumber(issue number if available), inclusive pages.Examples:Harlow, H. F. (1983). Fundamentals for preparing psychology journal articles. Journal ofComparative and Physiological Psychology, 55, 893-896.Bibliography Notes#1Author: __________________________________________________________Title: _____________________________________________________Place of Publication: ________________________________________Publisher: ______________________________________________Copyright Date: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ Pages Used: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __Article Title :______________________________________________Volume #:
Bibliographic Notes for Internet Use #1 Author of Site if available (person): _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ Title of Site: ______________________________ [Online] Available at http:address/file name: _____________________ Date of document or download: ---------------------------------------- #2 Author of Site if available (person): __________________________________ Title of Site: [Online] Available at http:address/file name:Date of document or download: --------------------------------#3Author of Site if available (person): _______________________________Title of Site:[Online] Available at http:address/file name:Date of document or download: ----------------------------Example:California Historical Society, "The Yokuts". [Online] Availablehttp://WWlV.californiahistory.net/2_natives/yokuts.htm .• November 18, 2002.Smith, Frank. "Remembering Pearl Harbor." [Online] Availablehttp://plasma.nationalgeographic.com/pearlharbor/, November 20, 2002.