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Science Fair Overview

  1. 1. Introduction, Requirements, & Timeline Presentation Created By: Ms. Paula Trapani-Wiener, LRMS Librarian SCIENCE FAIR SCIENCE FAIR
  2. 2. “ Who will participate?” <ul><li>ALL 6 th , 7 th , and 8 th grade students at LR </li></ul>
  3. 3. “ When will it be held?” <ul><li>March , 24 2011 </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Only a few short months away! </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. “ Sound scary?” <ul><li>Try not to get overwhelmed. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the timeline—don’t fall behind! </li></ul><ul><li>Use a variety of resources </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>books, websites, teachers, librarians </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. What’s due?… see your science fair packet for exact due dates <ul><li>Topic Approval </li></ul><ul><li>Background/ Research </li></ul><ul><li>Hypothesis </li></ul><ul><li>Materials/ Procedure </li></ul><ul><li>Data/ Observations </li></ul><ul><li>Results </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Abstract </li></ul><ul><li>In-class presentation </li></ul>
  6. 6. “ How do I begin?” <ul><li>Choose a topic that interests you </li></ul><ul><li>Narrow it down/ make it specific </li></ul><ul><li>Develop an idea for an actual project </li></ul>
  7. 7. A Few Off-Limit Topics… <ul><li>No models! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Model of a volcano </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Model of the solar system </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Sample Topics… <ul><li>People </li></ul><ul><li>Animals </li></ul><ul><li>Plants </li></ul><ul><li>Rocks </li></ul><ul><li>Electricity </li></ul><ul><li>Friction </li></ul>
  9. 9. Narrowed-down topics… <ul><li>People: Success in school </li></ul><ul><li>Animals: Pet training </li></ul><ul><li>Plants: Rate of growth </li></ul><ul><li>Rocks: Erosion </li></ul><ul><li>Electricity: Conductors </li></ul><ul><li>Friction: Speed </li></ul>
  10. 10. Sample project titles… <ul><li>People: Does eating nutritious food make you more successful in school? </li></ul><ul><li>Animals: Does the length of an animal training session make a difference? </li></ul><ul><li>Plants: Will soil conditions affect the rate </li></ul><ul><li>of growth of a bean plant? </li></ul><ul><li>Rocks: Which factors change the rate of erosion of rocks? </li></ul><ul><li>Electricity: Can vegetables conduct electricity? </li></ul><ul><li>Friction: Does surface affect speed? </li></ul>
  11. 11. “ Where can I get some project ideas?” <ul><li>Library Books </li></ul><ul><li>Websites posted on Science Fair Project Page </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  12. 12. BOOKS… <ul><li>Both the LR Library and our public libraries have plenty of books describing various projects </li></ul>
  13. 13. Online Resource… <ul><li>Go to the Science Fair Project Page for links to websites and online databases to help you choose a project and gather background info. on the topic. </li></ul><ul><li>Click Library from our homepage, click Class Project Pages, click Science Fair, and scroll to the bottom for online resources. </li></ul>
  14. 18. So, you’ve picked a topic. Next… <ul><li>Get your topic approved by your teacher. </li></ul>
  15. 19. Then… <ul><li>Begin preliminary research </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use books, encyclopedias, and websites to gather background information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use note cards or notetaking sheets </li></ul></ul></ul>
  16. 20. Then… <ul><li>Cite your sources using proper bibliography format </li></ul><ul><ul><li>See Ms. T’s “Bibliography Cheat Sheet” on LR Library website under “Research Tips” </li></ul></ul>
  17. 21. Then… <ul><li>Begin your project or experiment using the Scientific Method </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>You’ll learn more about this in Science class. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  18. 22. Finally…you’ll be ready to prepare your display boards! <ul><li>Include illustrations, digital photos, charts, graphs, etc. AND typed up summaries in the following areas: </li></ul>
  19. 23. <ul><li>Title </li></ul><ul><li>Background/ Research </li></ul><ul><li>Hypothesis </li></ul><ul><li>Materials/ Procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Data/ Observations </li></ul><ul><li>Results </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>
  20. 24. Example of a BAD Display
  21. 25. Example of a GOOD Display
  22. 26. Final Note… <ul><li>One of the 8 headings for your display board is “Abstract.” </li></ul>
  23. 27. What IS an Abstract? <ul><li>It is a brief summary of your entire project. </li></ul><ul><li>Not more than one page. </li></ul>
  24. 28. The Abstract Includes: <ul><li>Project title </li></ul><ul><li>Statement of the purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Hypothesis </li></ul><ul><li>Brief description of the procedure </li></ul><ul><li>Results </li></ul>
  25. 29. GOOD LUCK! <ul><li>Stay focused </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the timeline </li></ul><ul><li>Ask questions! </li></ul>
  26. 30. Presentation Created By: Paula Trapani-Wiener Librarian Lawrence Road Middle School