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Oh no! Not a science project!  Whatever shall I do?
 
Never fear, Ms. Pearson's here to guide you through this project.

Step 1:  Selecting a topic
For most students, this is the mostdifficultpart of the project.  Thinkaboutthings you enjoy doing such as sports, playing a musical instrument, or hobbies.  Think about things you've been learning in your science classes.  These should help you get some ideas for a project. Other places to look are on the Internet.  www.discoveryschool.com is a great site.  That site has good information on how to do a science project.  You might try a Google search.
 
Step 2:  Getting started
Now that you 've selected a topic, what next?  First, get a notebook (spiral or composition work best).  Use it to record everything about your project. Then brainstorm.  What do you already know about this topic?  What would you like to learn about this topic?  What type of experiment could you do to help you learn about this topic?  Do some research.  Find out more about your topic.
 
Step 3:  Great, but what do I do?
 Well, you've selected a topic and done some research.  Now you need to develop your hypothesis (scientific prediction - not just a wild guess).  Then simply work your way through the scientific method.
 
Step 4:  What do I do when I've finished the experiment?
Record your data.  Analyze your data.  Make conclusions based on your data.  Then make your display board, type your report and relax....you've finished your project.

So, you're really stuck and can't possibly think of a topic?  What about one of these?
  1. The amount of space a Siamese betta fish needs for best display of color
  2. how do detergents affect the flammability of children's pajamas
  3. does the storage temperature of seeds affect germination
  4. what kinds of leaves are better at attracting macroinvertebrates in a stream
  5. does sunspot activity affect radio reception
  6. how personal listening devices (such as MP3 players) affect hearing

There are also links at the bottom of this page, to other websites with Science Fair Project Ideas!

Click Here for a website with some Science Fair Project Ideas.

Click here for Biology related Science Fair Project Ideas

Click here for Enviromental related Science Fair Project Ideas

click here for Physical Science Fair Projects

Science Fair Guidelines and Deadlines --
Research and Outline   --   Nov. 19
Log Book/Journal --  Dec. 3
Final Project   --  Dec. 10 (this includes the display board and sharing your project with the class)
 
What do you have to turn in to Ms. Pearson?
  1. Your topic for approval.
  2. Your research and outline.  This should be research to learn more about your topic.  Ex:  Which plants can tolerate Epsom salts?  Find out about the soil requirements of the plants you are testing.  What are the best growing conditions in general for your plants?  Your outline is an outline of the research you did, plus an outline of how you will proceed with your experiment.
  3. Logbook/Journal.  Keep detailed records of exactly what you did and the results you got.  Record any questions that occurred to you as you did your research and experiment.  Show where you found answers to your questions either through research or experimentation.
  4. The final project.  You should turn in a tri-fold display board with information about your project, your hypothesis, your experiment, your results, and your conclusion.  Taking photos while doing the experiment is a good way to illustrate what you did.  The display should be neat, colorful, accurate, complete.