January 23, 2017
Science projects are available in the second semester as well as in the first. Please keep reading for details.
Sept 4, 2016
A science project can be a great way to improve classroom grades or to qualify for various science awards and scholarships. Here are some tips on how to get started.
- Get your procedure approved.
- Do some library or internet research. Record sources and write a good introduction.
- Schedule some lab time.
- Collect the data.
- Communicate. The most straightforward method is to write a quality lab report. Even better is to prepare a display which could be set up for the academic awards night this Friday evening. Science projects for the first academic quarter need to be completely finished by October 6.
- Stop by the classroom to visit if you have question.
Best wishes for fruitful research.
Science Project Guidelines
A science project may seem overwhelming, but is certainly manageable. The key to success is to recognize that the project has parts and only one part need be done at a time. The implication is that a science project does require some time, perhaps an hour or two a week for several weeks or perhaps an hour a day for a week or two. But as a student, you are in charge of the schedule. It is also important to remember the tremendous opportunity for learning and consequently the HUGE potential for grade improvement. Some who have done research projects in years past have experienced a grade jump of two letter grades. Presenting the project at the FHSU Science Fair in February is an additional opportunity for big extra credit. Even students who do not need such a large grade improvement might be interested in the opportunities for scholarships which accompany an independent project.
So how about that first step? Every science project begins with an idea. There’s a list available ( Chemistry Research Topics ) or you can come up with your own. (A possibility related to recent classroom activity could involve mixing salt solutions of various concentrations and measuring the electricity which flows through each.) When you choose a project topic, write it out in a short sentence. The second step is to fill out the form below.
STEPS TO DOING A SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT
(This is focused on getting a project ready for a science fair. Work with your teacher as you prepare a classroom extra credit project.)
- Get a bound notebook to use as a logbook and number the pages.
- Select a topic.
- Narrow the topic to a specific problem, stated as a research question, with a single variable.
- Conduct a literature review of the topic and problem and write a draft of the research report.
- Form a hypothesis or state the purpose of the research.
- Develop a research plan/experimental design.
- Apply for approval. Fill out appropriate forms and get signatures of approval.
- Write the research report.
- Collect materials and equipment. Make a lab schedule.
- Conduct the experiment. Record the quantitative and qualitative data.
- Analyze data, applying appropriate statistics.
- Repeat your experiment, as necessary, to thoroughly explore the problem.
- Form a conclusion.
- Write the laboratory report.
- Write the abstract.
- Create the visual display.
- Make an oral presentation of the project to teacher and/or classmates.
- Review and polish presentation and display for the science fair.
In summary, science research is very “doable” and can even be interesting and fun. You will certainly learn some new stuff, and perhaps meet and work with some new and interesting people along the way. It is almost guaranteed to have a major positive impact on your science grade. Remember this is “extra credit” so you won’t hear much about it in class. So stop by some time outside of class and get the ball rolling. I look forward to visiting with you about your project. –Mr. B.