So You Get To Do A Science Project!
Students please register your project here.
Starting a science project can be a little overwhelming. These pages are designed to help make it as easy as possible for you. Follow the steps and you will be very proud of your project.
Choose your topic.
There are several ideas for brainstorming on the Topic page. Remember, don't choose your question or decide on your experiment until AFTER you do the background research. You might find something very exciting that you never even knew about. Just decide the topic area you want to work with.
Research your topic.
Find out as much as you can about it. The more you learn about what people already know about your topic, the easier it is to decide on a question that you can use as the basis of your experiment. Remember to keep good records so your bibliography will be easy to write.
Now you need to look over the rules to make sure you will have a safe project to complete.
Plan your experiment.
When you have decided exactly what question you want to investigate, formulate your hypothesis and begin to plan your experiment. There are ideas to help you on the Planning page.
Keep careful records of all you do.
Each time you work on your science project, you should record the date, time and what you did that day. Depending on the experiment, you might also record the weather or other conditions. All results, notes, and new ideas should also be in your records.
Analyze your results.
After you finish experimenting, it's time to try to figure out what learned. Remember, scientists never completely prove or disprove anything, because the next experiment might show something different. So…your results will either “support your hypothesis” or “refute your hypothesis”.
Prepare your abstract.
Your abstract is a summary of your work. You should be able to tell the important points in the space allowed.
Create your backboard.
Your backboard tells the story when you are not there to talk to people. Make it attractive, but not “glitzy” or “cute”. Remember, you are presenting your discovery. The most important point you want to make should be what draws your judges’ eyes first.
Practice, practice, practice.
The best way to make a good impression is to truly become an expert on your topic. Practice presenting to anyone who will listen and make sure they ask any question that comes to mind — good questions, silly questions, hard questions, and questions that seem to have no relevance at all. Remember, no one knows your project as well as you do.