Student Science Fair Project Methodology
; State the Problem
; Research--Observe--Collect Data
; Form Hypothesis
; Form Conclusions
SCIENTIFIC METHOD OUTLINE
State the Problem - What do I want to find out?
Write Experiment / Do
Experiment - 2 weeks
Do you have a control?
What materials do you need?
Conduct your experiment and write observations.
Record your results.
Create graphs from data
tables - 2 days
Draw conclusions - 2
Write report - 4 days
Prepare exhibit - 1 week
PROJECT DUE DATE
GETTING THE IDEA FOR A SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT 1. What are you interested in? Hobbies, magazines you read, TV programs you
watch, sports you play, etc.?
Can insulation cause an ice cube to melt at a slower rate?
independent variable (cause) insulation
dependent variable (cause) rate of ice cube melt-down
Can surface texture cause a change in skateboard speed?
independent variable (cause) surface texture
dependent variable (cause) skateboard speed
What are the variables in the question you have chosen to investigate for your science fair project?
Independent variable (cause):
Dependent variable (cause):
Using printed material, people and places, now you want to find out as much as you can about your topic.
Use 3 X 5 cards to record your research. Put useful information on one side, and write the source for your bibliography on the other. Some information will be
written and other information might be drawings or a useful chart or graph. Find out as much as you can to give you a good background before you write your
hypothesis and do your experiment.
1. Is my topic question something that I can investigate?
2. Did I find background information on my topic?
3. Did I restate my question in this form: "The purpose of my investigation is to find out....?"
4. Did I make a hypothesis about what would happen in my
5. Did I list all my materials in metric units?
6. Have I investigated all the variables in my investigation?
7. Are my step-by-step directions clear enough for someone else to follow?
8. Have I recorded my measurements and other observations in a log or journal?
9. Have I collected enough data (by using many subjects or repeating trials at least
10. Have I graphed my data accurately?
11. Do my conclusions include a summary of my data, a comparison of my hypothesis and the data,
and a statement of support or rejection?
12. Did I follow all the school rules in displaying my project? Is it the
13. Am I well prepared to answer questions about my investigation and research paper?