Welcome to the Science Fair process. On this post, you will find various resources to help you with your science fair planning. You will also find deadlines. This post will change as we go.
Types of Projects
- Experiment — where you perform an experiment and collect numerical data
- In this type of project you ask a question, construct a hypothesis, test your hypothesis using an experiment and draw conclusions from your experiment. Create an experiment to test a scientific hypothesis by the experimental method. At least one independent variable will be manipulated, while the others are all controlled. Data should include graphs and charts which will be extensively analyzed.
- Study — a collection and analysis of data to reveal evidence of a fact, situation, or pattern of scientific interest. Must include data collected from a survey or case study analysis. If you are collecting a survey from students or adults, you must have them sign a permission form prior to completing the survey
- In this type of project you do extensive research on a topic, write a research paper and do a visual of the main points of what you found in your research. The analysis (and you might even collect the data yourself) of the data should be extensive, and will include many graphs and charts. The studies might involve animal (including humans) subjects and behaviours, biology field studies, data mining, observation and pattern recognition in physical and/or socio-behavioural data.
- Innovation or Discovery — the development and evaluation of innovative models and devices in the area of engineering, technology, or computers
- In this type of project, you develop, create, and evaluate new devices, models, theorems, physical theories, techniques or methods in technology, engineering, computing, natural science or social science. INVENT a way to do something better or cheaper or something that will save the world, then evaluate how we will benefit from it, how it advances our knowledge, and/or has an economic benefit
- This is expected to be filled out by students. I will not be printing this off, but students have access to it at home and at school. It is in Word format and students can simply CHANGE the information to fit their projects.
Possible Guiding Resources:
- January 9, 2017 — Science Fair Proposal
- February 17, 2017 — Optional Due Date if you want me to have a look at your report and offer feedback. It must be peer edited before I look at it.
- March 1, 2017 — Projects Due for Classroom Assessments
- March 9, 2017 — ERES School Science Fair
- April 4, 2017 — PVSD Regional Science Fair