Information & Due Dates
Turn in the following assignments indicated on the following dates
IF TURNED IN LATE, YOUR ASSIGNMENT WILL LOSE 10 POINTS EACH DAY IT IS LATE!
Monday, Sept. 13 –
1). Develop two science fair project ideas – your preferred idea
and an alternate. For your preferred
idea, write a paragraph that starts with the question you are going to
ask. Then guess what the answer
might be (remember – this isn’t a hypothesis yet – you haven’t educated
yourself. Next describe how you
might go about doing your experiment – what you see as being your independent
and dependent variables, as well as your control and constants. Finish your paragraph by discussing
what you expect to find out and why this might be interesting or
important. For your second
idea, just state the question and briefly what you hope to find out.
Friday, Oct. 1 – List of your research sources. In MLA format, bring in a bibliography of the sources you will use in writing your background research paper. Include at least 5 sources – two must be non-internet. You may add more sources as you write your paper, but I want to see that you have begun researching.
Friday, Oct. 22 – Literature search/background research paper.
This paper does not have to be specifically about research on your experiment (maybe no one has done it before,) but information about the topic itself. It should be at least two typed pages in length, double-spaced, 12-point font such as Times New Roman, Helvetica, Arial, Calibri, etc. In addition, a separate title page and a separate bibliography page that lists your research sources (include at least five reference sources (at least two non-internet sources.)) Add in any new sources you have used since you submitted your original list of sources.
Friday, Oct. 22 – Problem statement AND hypothesis.
Friday, Oct. 29 – Written procedure – in a numbered step format. This should be very detailed. Remember – I should be able to read your procedure and then do your experiment. Tell me exactly how to do it, how much of each item to use, how often to measure, how to measure, etc. Once your procedure is approved, you may begin your experiment/project!
Tuesday, November 30 – Presentation – Be ready to present a five minute presentation, (can be a PowerPoint), to class to show what your project is, what you have done so far, and what you still plan to do. Be ready to give feedback to your classmates – do you have ideas of what they can do to improve their projects? Are there things you really like about their projects?
Friday, January 7 - Rough draft of results, conclusions, graphs and display ideas.
Monday, January 31–
Final project turned in. Project will be on a large 3-sided display board, will
include a title in the form of a question, a hypothesis, materials, procedure,
results in written form, data analysis (graphs, charts, etc.), and
conclusions. The conclusion should
include ideas of the benefit of the research as well as ideas for continued
research in the same area. It
should also include an analysis of factors which may have affected the outcome
(problems and so forth.) A project
notebook will also be turned in.
This should include all materials recorded along the way – ideas, data
collection, analysis, etc.
How to write a problem statement:
1. Identify the subject that you are going to study for the science project and develop a topic question to answer during the experiment.
2. Write the problem statement in terms of a question. A sample problem statement might be, " How does the amount of sun light affect the height of new plants."
How to write a hypothesis:
1. ** Do your research
2. ** Take a guess based
on your research **
3. ** Make sure your hypothesis
is testable **
4. ** Create an “if – then” statement using the guess in part 2 above **
hypothesis is made up of 2 parts -
5. ** Prepare the rest
of the research project with the hypothesis in mind **