To access the 2018-2019 STEAM information: (brochure shows how to set up the display board)
Science Fair Project Ideas Websites:
Sciencebob.com (make sure you choose an experiment, not a demonstration)
STEAM Science Project -- Due January 31, 2020
A science fair project will help you prepare for middle and high school projects. Here are the things you must do….
Use the scientific method.
- Problem: What do I want to investigate? Choose something that interests you.
- Research: Learn more about your topic by studying it or a related topic
- Hypothesis: Make an educated guess about the results of your experiment, based on your research.
- Experiment: This is to test your hypothesis. An experiment is an investigation using a variable in which a change occurs.
NOTE: A demonstration is not an experiment.
Demonstration: A demonstration is an explanation of a process that is illustrated through an example, which serves as proof or evidence of the scientific principles at work. In other words, a scientific demonstration allows the student to see the principles of science firsthand.
Experiment: An experiment is a test or trial done for the purpose of discovering something unknown or validating a theoretical principle. Experiments always follow a pattern of discovery known as the scientific method.
- Analysis: Record your experiment. You will need a data log for this which you will turn in with your project board. Your log should be in chronological order and lists the steps taken to complete your experiment with their corresponding dates, your data collected with dates, all observations and inferences, the chart you used to collect and organize your data, graph(s), etc.
- Conclusion: The conclusion should include:
- A statement of support or non-support of the original hypothesis.
- A reflection of the hypothesis. Did the data support the original hypothesis?
- A description of any problems or unusual events that occurred during the investigation.
- What could be done differently to the experiment next time?
- Compare the results with your background information.
- Why is the experiment important?
- What are the real world connections?
Everything must be in your own words. Do not copy and paste another person’s words and claim them as your own.
The Display Board
The display board will need to have these things on it and placed accordingly:
(3) Hypothesis (If…then…because…)
(4) Materials used (metric)
(5) Variables (Independent, Dependent, Controlled)
(6) Step-By-Step Directions
(7) Pictures/Drawings—at least two (take pictures of the experiment to put on your display; do not include your face in the pictures)
(8) Data Table/Chart (all trials represented and with average)
(9) Graph(s) (all trials represented and with average)
*Your board should be neat and easy to read.
What is a variable?
A controlled experiment attempts to answer a question by carrying out an investigation while using a variable. A variable is something that will have an effect on your experiment. It is something you change on purpose. For example: If your experiment was to see how beans sprout in different soils, the variable would be the different soils. Everything else would stay the same.
Independent Variable vs. Dependent Variable: Many people have trouble remembering which is the independent variable and which is the dependent variable. An easy way to remember this is to insert the names of the two variables you are using in the following sentence in the way that makes the most sense, then you can figure out which is the independent variable and which is the dependent variable:
(Independent Variable) causes a change in (Dependent Variable), and it isn’t possible that (Dependent Variable) could cause a change in (Independent Variable).
For example: (Time Spent Studying) causes a change in (Test Score), and it isn’t possible that (Test Score) could cause a change in (Time Spent Studying). (NCES Kids’ Zone)
Proposal Worksheet -- Due December 20th, 2019
In order to make sure everyone is on track, you will need to turn in the proposal worksheet. This will help your teacher see that you are conducting an experiment with a variable. Proposal worksheet is due on or before Friday, December 20th. When your proposal has been approved by your teacher, you may begin your experiment.
* The top 5 projects from each class will represent the class in the school STEAM Showcase at Jones on Wednesday, 1/22.