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Science Fair Handbook
On Thursday, January 28th, 2016, Imagine Bell Canyon will be holding its Annual Science Fair. All students in grades 4th through 8th will be participating. The winners of the Imagine Bell Canyon’s Science Fair in grades 5th-8th will be competing in the Imagine Schools Regional Science Fair. Sorry, but 4th grade can’t move onto Regional.
In order for your child to be successful in this amazing academic adventure your help will be required. We need you to assist your child through the exciting process of choosing, conducting, and constructing a science fair project. These projects are utilized to stimulate your curiosity and expand their personal knowledge of their surroundings as well as offer a new perspective of science and the world.
The science fair project is a long-term process that shows a progression of scientific methods and learning, and is thus a key component of your child’s academic grades. It is imperative that your child stay on track and meets all the required due dates, as well as, follow the steps of the scientific method. Their scores will be distributed across the second and third quarter grades for the school year.
Please encourage and support your child along the way, but please ensure they do the majority of the work. Parents sometimes want to build the entire project and to make it “perfect”. It is important that your child wrestles with the problems (as real scientists do) and tries to solve them individually because learning is often a trial-and-error process. Guide your child whenever and wherever you can, but let the final project reflect your child’s individual effort and design.
The attached packet contains instructions and suggestions, which will assist your child with their project. The guidelines will help your child narrow down a topic, focus on the deadlines and expectations, and give directions and ideas on creating an effective project. Please take some time to review this with your child. There are many science fair websites with ideas and “how to” information. The following website contains additional worksheets that can be used to help guide your student’s progress and organize information.
The project must include the following:
Display board that can stand by itself
A thorough understanding of project that will enable the student to answer a judge’s questions.
Please contact Stephanie Daniels for more information.
Imagine Schools – Bell Canyon Science Fair
All assignments and journal entries must be turned in on time for full credit.
These rough draft grades are independent of the final project grade!
Due Date Assignment
11/13/2015 Parent acknowledgement
11/30/2015 Research Project Overview Form Due
12/11/2015 Introduction section of report (1st draft due) Must be typed
Data Notebook check (8 entries minimum)
12/18/2015 Introduction section of report (final draft due) Must be typed
• Purpose, Problem, Hypothesis, Variables, Materials, Procedure
1/06/2016 Research Bibliography Due
Two must be books, one other non-internet resource, and 2 credible internet sources.
Data Notebook check (15 entries minimum)
1/15/2016 Final section of report (1st draft due) Must be typed
• Data (graphs, charts, etc.)
Data Notebook check (17 entries minimum)
1/22/2016 Final section of report (final draft due) Must be typed
• Data (graphs, charts, etc.), Conclusion, Application, Abstract
1/27/2016 Complete project due – must be turned in first thing in the morning
• Lab report
• Physical project – If applies
• Display Board
• Data Notebook
1/28/2016 School Science Fair
02/2016 Regional Science Fair Date to be Announced
STUDENT INFORMATION PAGE
Imagine Schools at Bell Canyon will be holding its Science Fair on Thursday, January 28th, 2016. Students placing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in their grade level will be eligible to enter the Imagine School’s Arizona Regional Science Fair. To be eligible, students in 5th-8th grade MUST complete a school science fair project.
WHY DO A SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT?
A science fair project allows you to participate in the scientific process, understand the scientific method, develop skills in writing, oral presentation, creative thinking and problem solving. Explore a subject that interests you and stimulates your curiosity. You are the scientist. HAVE FUN!
CONFUSED ABOUT GETTING STARTED?
Getting a topic requires some thought. Try looking through journals and magazines like Natural History, Popular Mechanics, National Geographic, Consumer Reports, or Science News. The internet is also an excellent source of ideas and information, but check with your science teacher to ensure your sources are credible. Choose a topic that interest you and then decide how you can do an experiment that deals with this topic. Think how this project might improve the world and its inhabitants. Choose a limited subject, ask a question, and identify or define a problem.
Basically, there are several ways to proceed. Decide what type of project suits your needs.
A field (outdoors) investigation
A laboratory (indoors) study
A series of experiments or tests
A carefully collected set of observations
A SCIENCE PROJECT IS NOT A BOOK REPORT!
Students cannot experiment on a volcano, because that is a demonstration. Building a model or reporting on something is not a science fair project either. Choose a topic you are curious about and shows you are testing an idea, rather than showing information you simply researched from textbooks or online resources.
You have to write a problem. Is it something you can test so that it will yield measurable results? Be sure you have discussed with your parents that you will have the necessary time, money, equipment, and other materials necessary to see the project through to the end.
Independent Variable: the variable that you change to cause a potential effect on your subject(s). List the different conditions you will use.
Dependent Variable: the observed or measured effect of the independent variable
Constants: the items that are kept the same during the experiment
Control Group: the group that does not receive the independent variable, used as a comparison
THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD
1. Choose a problem. (What do you want to explore? Ask a question about it.)
Choose something that interests you.
Choose something you don’t know the answer to.
Choose something you can work with.
2. Research your problem. (How can you find the answer to your question?)
Look in reference materials (encyclopedias, textbooks, etc.).
Research the internet. Check with your teacher for credible resources.
Get advice from experts or scientists in your field of study.
Diagram representing your science topic.
Use 5 references (2 books, 2 internet resources, 1 other resource). Conduct research using the question words. (who, what, where, when, why, and how)
3. Develop a hypothesis or statement that tries to explain a relationship between variables. A hypothesis is an idea that is based on known facts and can be tested. (What do you think the answer to your question will be?)
State the hypothesis as a fact.
Form your hypothesis from a simple question.
Diagram representing your hypothesis.
Your hypothesis must be very clear so you can test it.
4. Write your procedures before you test your hypothesis (Tell what you will do to test your hypothesis)
List the materials you will need.
List each thing you will do. Number each step in order. Write down everything you will do. Others should be able to repeat your experiment by reading your procedures.
Be sure that you are testing your hypothesis. (Is there anything you haven’t considered that could affect your experiment?)
Control your variables. (A variable is anything that can change or vary during an experiment. In an experiment, everything should be the same each time you test, except the one variable you are testing.)
4 (continued). Test your hypothesis.
Get your materials.
Follow your procedures.
Collect data and record it in a journal (notebook)
5. Organize your data.
Make tables, charts, or graphs.
Write a summary.
Draw pictures or take photographs to show your results and/or procedures.
6. State your conclusions. (What happened? Was it what you expected? Did you find out what you wanted to know?)
Decide what your data tells you about your hypothesis based on your results.
Diagram representing your results.
Decide how you might change your hypothesis based on your results.
Think about what you might do to experiment further.
Communicate the results with others.
Astronomy: Meteorology, life on a planet, research studies on planets or moons, telescopes (how powerful different scopes are, make a telescope)
Earth Science –
Earth: Geology, mineralogy, physical oceanography, seismology, geography, topography. (Ideas: test weather tools; test the causes of earthquakes; test the strength of rocks.
Chemistry: Study of nature and composition of matter and laws governing it – physical chemistry, organic chemistry (other than biochemistry), inorganic chemistry, materials, plastics, fuels, pesticides, metallurgy, soil chemistry, etc. You may test some consumer products here. For example testing the effectiveness of detergents waxes, cleaning products. Testing physical and chemical changes is appropriate for this category. Ideas: how to prevent rust, mildew, mold, shoe scuffs, scratches on floors or cars.
Biochemistry: Chemistry of life processes – molecular biology, molecular genetics, enzymes, photosynthesis, blood chemistry, protein chemistry, food chemistry, hormones.
Botany: Study of plant life – agriculture, agronomy, horticulture, forestry, plant taxonomy, plant physiology, plant pathology, plant genetics, hydroponics, algae, etc
Microbiology: Biology of microorganisms – bacteriology, virology, protozoology, fungi, bacterial genetics, yeast. Remember to take pictures; you cannot display this because it could be harmful to us.
Environmental: Study of pollution (air, water, and land) sources and their control, ecology, waste disposal, impact studies. Ideas: ways to prevent erosion, study on decomposition (this takes awhile so get started right away). How about studying air pollution from different pollutants; cars, buses, trucks? Test things marketed as biodegradable.
Medicine and Health: Study of diseases and health of humans and animals – medicine, dentistry, pharmacology, pathology, veterinary medicine, nutrition, sanitations, pediatrics, allergies, speech and hearing, etc. Be careful with this section. You must get approval from your teacher when working with people or animals PRIOR to starting your project.
Engineering: Technology projects that directly apply scientific principles to manufacturing and practical uses – civil, mechanical, aeronautical, chemical, electrical, photographic, sound, automotive, marine, and heating and refrigeration, transportation, environmental engineering. Ideas: What structures are the strongest (test shapes) – think of bridge designs. Why are cars made in different shapes? Will a “Hummer” go as fast as a “Corvette” – test the design.
Behavioral and Social Sciences: Human and animal behavior, social and community relationship – psychology, sociology, anthropology, archaeology, animal behavior, learning, perception, urban problems, public opinion surveys, educational testing, etc. When working with humans or animals you must get PRIOR approval from your teacher
Physics: Pertaining to the part of the Physical Science Strand: Energy (light, sound, heat, and electricity) – this is a great category and we don’t see too many experiments here. Think of something with light waves (light bulbs), sound waves (iPods), radio waves, materials that protect us from heat (oven mitts) electrical circuits – what about those Christmas tree bulbs and if one is burned out? Force (gravity, friction, magnetism and motion.) Ideas: roller coaster, design of airplanes, rockets as it affects motion and or speed, type of materials used that may affect physical laws: type of pavements, type of baseball bat, football other sporting equipment. How about a study on equipment used in the winter Olympics (skates, skis, snowboards).
*IMPORTANT! All Projects MUST have the following*
1. Display Board
All projects will need to follow the guideline below when assembling the display board. First impressions can make a difference. Be creative. These display boards can be purchased in local stores, school and office supply stores. All projects must have a free standing display board. The display board can be no larger than: 76 cm (36 in.) deep and 122 cm (48 in.) wide.
Please do not bring models to the Science Fair. Only your presentation board, knowledge of the project and your data notebook are to be displayed. Students will be judged based on their knowledge of the project and their problem solving achieved by the scientific method, NOT on their ability to build a model. Students should be striving to understand and master the scientific method.
The material on the board must be typed and presented in a neat, organized, and creative manner.
**Also, please remember: Display boards should not have student’s names or pictures of faces displayed on the front.
What Each Section on the Display Board Should Look Like
*Templates for some sections may be provided by the teacher
An abstract gives a brief summary of the project. Your abstract should be a summary of no more than 250 words. Judges and the public should have a clear understanding of the project after reading the abstract. It should summarize the purpose, procedure, and results of the investigation; therefore, it should be one of the last pieces to be completed. An abstract does not give details about the materials used unless it greatly influenced the procedure.
Components of Abstract (in paragraph form)
1. Purpose/Problem: A statement that explains why you are doing the experiment and what question you are trying to answer.
2. Hypothesis: This should include the if/then statement that suggests an answer to your original question. 2 sentence maximum.
3. Procedures: A very brief summary of how the experiment was performed.
4. Results: A brief description of the important results that lead directly to your conclusion. Do not give too many details or include tables or graphs of data.
5. Application: A brief summary of how your results can be applied in everyday life.
State the problem you are trying to solve in the form of a question.
State the purpose, goal, or aim of your experiment in a complete sentence.
State what you believe will happen in your experiment. 2 sentence maximum.
List of materials and one sentence justifying each items use.
A numbered list of each step to follow in complete sentences.
Label and state what each of the following variables are in your experiment: independent variable, dependent variable, control group (if necessary), and constants.
H. Results Section
One table and one graph, each should fill at least half a page. Be sure to include title and appropriate labels.
2 paragraph minimum
Components of Conclusion (in paragraph form)
Restate the purpose/problem: A statement that explains why you did the experiment and what question you were trying to answer.
Restate the hypothesis: This should include the if/then statement that suggests an answer to your original question. 2-sentence maximum.
Accept/Reject the hypothesis and why: State whether you accepted or rejected your hypothesis and why you made that decision. Use the data from your graph and data table to help explain.
Identify and Explain Anomalous data: State if any of your data did not fit into the trend or pattern. Explain what you will do with that data if you have/had it.
Identify and Correct Experimental Error: State which lab equipment may have not been the most reliable. Explain how you can make that equipment more reliable for next time.
Suggest Improvements to the Experiment: Explain what you could do better next time if you were to retry this experiment again.
Restate What was Found: Restate what was found by performing the experiment.
Explain how the project would relate to 3 real world issues.
State who would use this information and explain why they would use it.
State what type(s) of science you used.
K. Data Notebook
These are your handwritten notes/observations while you were completing your experiment. They should be displayed in front of your display board.
Minimum of 3 trials in your experiment.
Each entry should include 3 trials for the given independent variable
Summarize exactly what you did for each trial.
Record your observations
Qualitative: what did you see happen
Quantitative: the numerical data you recorded/measured
Questions or thoughts you had while taking measurements
Abstract (12 points)
2 points for each problem, purpose, hypothesis, procedure, data, and conclusion (12)
Problem (5 points)
(Proposed in the form of a question)
2 points for being in the form of a question
3 points for the clarity of the statement
Purpose (5 points)
(State the purpose/goal/aim of the experiment)
2 points for stating the purpose of the experiment
Hypothesis (2 points)
(no pronouns, 2 sentences maximum)
1 point for stating what they think will
1 point for explaining why (because...)
Materials/Apparatus (4 points)
(In list format)
2 points for being in a list format
2 points for being clear and concise
Procedure (6 points)
(In list format, no pronouns)
2 points for pronouns
Variables (3 points)
(Constants, Independent, and Dependent)
1 point for each variable (independent, dependent constants) (3)
Data (8 points)
(Graph with title, key (if necessary), and axis labels, table with title and labels)
1 point for correct table layout
1 point for correct labels with units
1 point for column with averages/percent change
1 point all numbers are to the same decimal place
1 point for appropriate scales on each axis
1 point for axis labels with units
1 point for points plotted correctly/accurately
1 point for accurate/appropriate title
Conclusion (15 points)
(Accept/refute hypothesis (or other wording), backup with data, give recommendations, closing)
1 point for restating the purpose
1 point for restating the hypothesis
2 points for accepting/rejecting the hypothesis and stating why
4 points for supporting with data
(2 points for referencing the data table)
(2 points for referencing the graph)
2 points for identifying and explaining anomalous data
2 points for identifying and correcting experimental error
2 points for suggesting improvements to the experiment for next time
1 points for restating what was found by performing the experiment
Application (10 points)
1 point for stating a real world relation (3 needed)
1 point for explaining each real world relation (3 needed)
1 point for stating who would use this information and why (3 needed, one for each real world relation)
1 point for stating what type(s) of science you used
Display Board (10 points)
(At least two pictures (no faces), neat, proper format followed)
2 points: pictures (1 point for each picture)
3 points: aesthetics
5 points: proper format (placement of materials)
Data Notebook (9 points)
(Displayed in front of your project board)
1 point for summarizing what happened in each trial (3 trails minimum)
1 point for recording observations for each trial (3)
1 point for recording questions/thoughts about each trial (3)
Conventions (11 points)
(Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation, No Pronouns)
1 point for each section: Title through Application
Total points (100)
ORAL PRESENTATION TIPS
In order to have an informative and thorough oral presentation, be sure to do the following:
If you do not know the judge(s), you should introduce yourself by shaking the judge’s hand and telling them your name & the name of your project.
If the judge asked a question, answer it. If not, describe the project’s purpose, problem, and hypothesis.
Clearly explain your procedure. Point out pictures, diagrams, or other objects on the display board. Visuals help to explain the project and help the judges to understand how much work you’ve done.
Explain your results
Discuss the conclusion. Was the hypothesis supported or un-supported? Let the judges know of the interesting observations you may have made or recommendations you might have to continue your project
Discuss any application or practical uses to humankind
Include a very brief discussion on the background material
Be sure to know and understand all the terms associated with the report
Limit your time to 3-5 minutes, and then ask the judges, “Do you have any questions?”
Write the presentation on note cards. Only refer to them but never read word for word
If a judge asks you a question on something you do not know, don’t dwell on that but discuss what you do know
Be sure to practice the presentation. Use family members, friends, or a mirror
Make sure you can properly pronounce terms that will be used in the presentation.
Look the judge(s) in the eye
If you get nervous, it’s usually a good idea to reference pictures and graphs
Speak clearly and slowly
Introduction of student (2 points)
1 point for introducing themselves and welcoming the judges
1 point for stating the title of their project
Present abstract (12 points)
2 points discussing each problem, purpose, hypothesis, procedure, data, and conclusion
Questions (6 points)
6 points for answering and backing up with data or research from their project without reading their board/project
4 points for answering and backing up with data or research from their project but reading it from the board/project
2 points for basic answer with little to no support
Total points (20)
Board Presentation – 100 points
Oral Presentation – 20 points
Total Science Fair Project – 120 points
STUDENT/PARENT ACKNOWLEDGMENT FORM
Due: November 13th, 2015
Student’s Name: _________________________________________________________________________________
Teacher’s Name: ________________________________________________________________________________
Dear Students and Parents/Guardians,
Please sign this document as acknowledgement that:
Student has brought home the Science Fair Packet and you have reviewed it together.
You are aware of the timeline (included in the packet) that lists the items’ due dates.
This is an individual project that is to be worked on at home and at school.
You are aware of the grading rubric and project rules.
You are aware that students will be given the necessary documents to complete for the Science Fair.
You are aware that your student’s project is due on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 (per timeline). All Projects’ must be turned in Wednesday morning.
You are aware that participation in the Science Fair and Science Fair Night is mandatory. Science Fair Night will be held on Thursday, January 28th, 2016
Student Signature Print Student Name
Parent Signature Print Parent Name