The science fair at Transfiguration Academy is unlike any other science fair. In this science fair students will present an array of different experiments and presentations in relation to several different scientific topics. Students can choose to create either an experiment or a science display as their science fair entry.
1. Choose a topic. Be sure it interests you. Don’t pick one because you think it will be easy. Talk it over with your parents and when you have decided, inform your teacher, and do not ask to change your topic later. Get your registration form for your teacher signed by your parent and turn it in.
2. State your goal for your project. What is the purpose of doing this project?
3. Research your topic. Look at any books/websites that might help you, make observations by simply looking at things, talk to people, and find out as much as possible about your topic. Write down any ideas you have and where you got them. Also, keep note of all information needed for citing your resources.
4. Plan your project. What will you do? How will you present your topic? Where will you keep your information? Be sure to keep notes and write down everything you do and what happens.
5. Collect all your materials. Find a place to keep things where others won’t bother them. Let other family members know what you are doing so they don not throw your materials away by mistake.
6. Prepare your titles, charts, graphs, drawings, and diagrams. Make them large enough to see, neat, and colorful.
7. Construct your science fair display. Get a cardboard display board so you can show all your work and have your hands free to point to sections when you give your presentation. You can also use a shoe box, poster board or some other display items. Use your imagination and be creative!
8. Prepare and practice your presentation. Be able to tell about what you used what you did in your experiments or research, and what you found out. Know it well enough that you don’t have to read it from the display.
9. Plan a time line. Don’t leave everything until the last minute. If you need help, tell your parents and your teacher, the earlier the better.
10. Relax and Enjoy yourself. You will do a GREAT job!
1. Number one rule. . . think safety first before you start. Make sure you have recruited your adults to help you. All laboratory safety rules apply at the science fair including:
Never eat or drink during an experiment and always keep your work area clean.
Wear protective goggles when doing any experiment that could lead to eye injury.
Do not touch, taste, or inhale chemicals or chemical solutions.
2. Respect all life forms. Do not perform an experiment that will harm a person or an animal. If you are using an animal in your display you must get approval for that animal from your teacher. Animals that are poisonous are not allowed at the science fair. Make sure you know how to properly care for your animal(s).
3. All experiments should be supervised by an adult.
4. Always wash your hands after doing the experiment, especially if you have been handling chemicals.
5. Dispose waste properly.
6. Projects that involve drugs, firearms, or explosives are NOT permitted.
7. Any project that breaks school, and/or local, state, or federal laws are NOT permitted.
8. Use safety on the Internet! NEVER write to anyone without an adult knowing about it. Be sure to let an adult know about what websites you will be visiting, or have them help you search.
9. If there are dangerous aspects of your experiment, like using a sharp tool or experimenting with electricity, please have an adult help you or have them do the dangerous parts. That’s what adults are for so use them correctly. (Besides, it makes them feel important!)
All science fair projects require a written report. The report is a summary of everything that you did to investigate your topic. The written report provides others with vital information on what your project is about as well as its effect on your understanding of the topic.
Usually the written report is about 5 pages in length. All information must be included in the written report. This report provides you with the opportunity to think about all the aspects of our project and share your ideas with others.
Reports should be neatly bounded in an attractive binder or report cover. It must be typewritten.
Typed, doubled spaced. One inch margins, and 12 pt Times New Roman or Arial Font (do not use any specialty fonts in your report, this should be kept professional looking)
Remember to put headings/titles on graphs/charts/tables
All photographs must have captions explaining their significance
Before you hand in your report make sure to reread, revise, and rewrite
Recheck your calculations, spelling, and grammar.
All written report for a science fair project should include:
Title Page: The first page in the report should include the title of the project as well as the name and grade of the students
Table of Contents: This page provides the reader with a list of the different parts of the project and the page number on which each section can be found.
Acknowledgment: Here is where you thank everyone who helped to make your project successful (including Mom and Dad.) Everyone that you interviewed, including teachers, scientists, and other experts in the field should be mentioned here. [This can go on the same page as the table of contents if there is room]
Statement of Purpose: State the purpose of the project in paragraph form.
Research: This is the part of the report that contains all the background information that you collected about your topic. Any books or articles read from the internet/journal, authorities on the topic that you talked to, or outside materials collected should be summarized in this section. This section should be written in your own words and NOT copied from your resources. This is the ‘meat’ of your report and should include all important information.
If you conducted an experiment you must include:
Materials: This is a list of all the materials and supplies used in the project. Quantities and amounts of each should also be indicated.
Procedure: You will list and describe the steps you took to complete the project. Usually this is listed in a numbered sequence. This part shows the stages of the project so that another person can carry out the experiment.
Observations and Results: In this section, you will tell what you learned from the project. It is also IMPORTANT to include all graphs, charts, or other visual data (pictures) that helps to show your results.
Conclusion: This is a brief statement explaining why your project turned out the way it did. You should explain why the events you observed occurred. Using the word “because” is a good way to turn an observation into a conclusion. The conclusion should tell whether the hypothesis was proven or not proven. Also give the reason(s) why you chose to learn more about the subject. You could also add what you know now that you didn’t know before you completed your project.
Reference Page: The bibliography should list all the printed materials you used to carry out the project. Items should be listed in alphabetical order in a standard format. These websites are a great place to go to find the proper way of writing a bibliography. http://www.bibme.org/ , http://www.easybib.com or http://www.knightcite.com Also http://www.Icyte.com lets you “tag” information from Internet sources as you research.
- A lot of kids are scared of speaking in public or to a teacher/judge. Just imagine they are a fellow scientist who just wants you to share what you learned. Relax, smile, and have fun. Remember, you are the expert and you had fun doing the project. But if you are a little nervous, here are some things that you need to do during the presentation.
- Look sharp, feel sharp, and you will be sharp. Dress nice that day, be polite, and speak clearly. You will show that you have confidence. Don’t forget to look at your audience.
- Introduce yourself. Point to the title of your display. Tell your audience why you chose to study this.
- State your topic that you studied.
- Talk about what you learned while researching your topic.
- Talk about the sources (books, websites, and interviews) that helped you understand your topic.
- Tell about your project and explain the steps you took to conduct your experiment or how you constructed your project. Be sure to mention all the materials involved and point out the pictures that you may have taken.
- If it applies, be sure to show them that you tested your experiment at least 3 times.
- Show them all of the cool graphic organizers that you made, like your tables and charts. Remember to point out the labeled parts of your graph or table to show that you know what it represents.
- Be sure to explain what everything on display means. Make sure you can read your graphs and tables. Let them know if you were surprised by the results, or if you know what would happen because you studied about it.
- Make sure you sound like an expert on your topic. Always use the appropriate vocabulary especially by using words from the Scientific Method and proper science vocabulary.