What is aScience Fair Project?It is an investigation that is designed tosolve a problem or answer a question.It is a science fair project because youuse a procedure called the scientificmethod to answer the question.The fair part takes place when everyonewho has done a project gathers togetherto showcase their work.
Reporting Results:Final Report: A combination of all of the information youhave gathered, all of your planning, the data youcollected, and the analysis of your results. This will beput together like a book.Display Board: An eye-catching display summarizingeverything in your final report; allowing your audience toeasily gain a general understanding of your project.
Final Report:Title pageAbstract: An abbreviated version of your finalreport.Table of contentsQuestion, variables, and hypothesisBackground research: The research paper youwrote before you started your experiment.Materials listExperimental procedure: Including logs of yourprocess, photos, etc.
Final Report Continued:Data and Results: Your observations, data table and graph(s)will be included here.Conclusion: An analysis of your data as it relates to yourhypothesis. Perhaps you include information about furthersteps you could take in your experiment in the future.Acknowledgments: This is your opportunity to thank anyonewho helped you with your science fair project: someone inyour family, a friend, a business, etc.Bibliography: Acknowledging the origin of any research /information you used from outside sources.
Final Report Continued:• Write the abstract section last, even though it will be oneof the first sections of your final report.• Your final report will be several pages long, but dont beoverwhelmed! Most of the sections are made up ofinformation that you have already written. Gather up theinformation for each section and type it in a wordprocessor if you havent already.
Display Board:You will use a standard, three-panel display boardthat unfolds to be about 91cm X 122cm.
Organize your information like a newspaper so that youraudience can quickly follow the thread of your experimentby reading from top to bottom, then left to right.Include each step ofyour science fair projectUse at least 24pt fontfor titles of each sectionand 16pt font for textProject title easily readfrom across the roomA pictures worth athousand words!
Title• Ideally the title of your project should be catchy; an"interest-grabber.” But it should also describe the projectwell enough that people reading your report can quicklyfigure out what you were studying.• You will want to write your Title and Background sectionsAFTER you have come up with a good question to study.
Background or PurposeThe background section is where you includeinformation that you already know about yoursubject and you tell your audience why youchose the project you did.What were you hoping to find out from theproject?
The Question(Or Selecting Your Subject)Probably the most difficult part of a science fairproject is coming up with a good subject to research.Think about WHAT INTERESTS you.Think of a TESTABLE QUESTIONabout the subject.
Hypothesis• As soon as you come up with a testable question,you will probably instantly have a hypothesis(prediction) about what the results will be from yourtesting. (Isnt the human brain an amazing thing?!)Its a good idea to write this down before starting,because it may change as you go about yourexperiment.
MaterialsThis section should include a list of everything that wasnecessary to conduct your experiment.Did you need to develop a survey?...Or make a chart? Didyou use a camera to document and analyze your results?Think through the process thoroughly!
MethodsExplain the procedure thoroughlyGET STARTED EARLY! You may run intocomplications or “surprises” and have you modifyyour project. The more time to work with, the better!Keep detailed records of EVERYthing that you do! Aproject log of each step you take (even the mess-ups, as well as pictures of the process, should beincluded in your final report and represented on yourdisplay board.
Results or Data• Tell your reader the actual numbers (or other data)that you got as you were doing the experiment.• This will probably be best represented in achart/table or graph.• But you do not tell your interpretation of the data -thats for the last section!
Conclusion• Here, you finally get to tell your readers what youfound out from the experiment, or how you interpretyour data.• This section should be focused on what youlearned about your original question andhypothesis.