Science » Science Fair
Below you will find files and links to help give you a more detailed explanation of what to expect and include in a science fair project.
The most important points are as follows:
- Science Fairs are not demonstrations (i.e. How does a volcano work? How does a sprinkler system work?). Students will be required to submit their question before starting to ensure that they are on the right track.
- The purpose of a science fair project is to develop a question that is testable (i.e. Do boys use more water when showering then girls?).
- Set up at least three tests (in the question above - Do boys use more water when showering then girls? - you would test the same boy at least three times and the same girl at least three times). The more tests you run the more reliable your conclusion.
- Try to keep your experiment the same. You should only change one variable - not multiple variables. In the question above the only variable we are changing in the experiment is the gender of the person taking the shower...students might also be tempted to change the location of the shower and the person taking the shower, which would be an example of changing multiple variables. Once you make changes to multiple variables your question (hypothesis) can not be tested correctly.
- If your hypothesis is proven incorrect DO NOT CHANGE YOUR HYPOTHESIS. Simply state in your conclusion what happened and if the results supported your hypothesis.
- Parents should offer minimal help to students. Remember it is their project!
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