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Science Fair Guideook - Imagine South Lake Charter

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Science Fair Guideook - Imagine South Lake Charter

FLORIDA SCIENCE FAIR GUIDELINES

2013-2014

[Imagine South Lake] | Mrs. Waters

Table of Contents

    Student Handbook………………………………………………………………………………………………2 Student Documentation Form…………………………………………………….……………………3 Category Descriptions……………………………………………………………………………………….4 Project Timeline…………………………………………………………………………………………………5 Classroom Timeline…………………………………………………………………………………………….6 Final Project Rubric…………………………………………………………………………………………..7 Project Ideas…………………………………………………………………………………………………….…8 Data Notebook………………………………………………………………………………………………..…15 Written Report Guidelines………………………………………………………………………………16 Written Report Components……………………………………………………………………..……17 Project Reference Worksheet……………………………………………………………………..20 Bibliography Format………………………………………………………………………………………...22 Display Board…………………………………………………………………………………………………....23 Oral Presentation Tips……………………………………………………………………………….……24 Science Fair Judging Form……………………………………………………………………….…...25 Graphs Websites/Samples………………………………………………………………………..……26 Bibliography Website……………….......................................................................27

    Parent Acknowledgement Form……………………………………………………………………..28

    Imagine Schools 2013-2014

    Florida Science Fair Guidelines

    STUDENT HANDBOOK

    (Adapted from the International Science and Engineering Fair Student Handbook)

     thThe Imagine School‟s Florida State Science Fair will be held the week of May 12 in the Central Florida

    Region. The North Florida Region Science Fair will be held on January 24. Our school fair will be held the ththweek of December 16 to 20. To be eligible, students in 4-8 grade MUST first enter the school science fair.

WHY DO A SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT? A science fair project allows you to participate in the

    scientific process, understand the scientific method, and develop skills in writing, oral presentation, creative thinking and problem solving. Explore a subject that interests you and stimulates your curiosity. You are the scientist. HAVE FUN!

CONFUSED ABOUT GETTING STARTED? Getting a topic requires some thought. Try looking

    through journals and magazines like Natural History, Popular Mechanics, National Geographic, Consumer

    Reports, or Science News. The internet is also an excellent source of ideas and information. Choose a topic that interests you and then decide how you can do an experiment that deals with this topic. Think how this project might improve the world and its inhabitants. Questioning is probably the most important part of scientific creativity and is often followed by an “if...then” statement. Questioning usually leads to experiments

    or observations. Choose a limited subject, ask a question, and identify or define a problem.

WHAT’S NEXT? Decide what type of project suits your needs.

    1. A field (outdoors) investigation

    2. A laboratory (indoors) study

    3. A series of experiments or tests

    4. A carefully collected set of observations

    Reminder: A science project IS NOT a book report, a demonstration or simply building a model! Students cannot experiment on a volcano. Building a model of one, or reporting on one is not a science fair project either.

    THEN… The student has to choose a problem or question to be investigated. It must be something the student can test so that it will yield measurable results. The student should ask if he/she has the necessary time, money, equipment, organisms, habitat, computer, technical expertise, etc. necessary to see the project through to its conclusion.

IMPORTANT! All projects MUST include the following 3 components:

     I. Data Notebook

    II. Written Report

    III. Display Board

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    Florida Science Fair Guidelines

    Student Documentation Form

    Name________________________________ Homeroom Teacher __________________ Category: Circle One

    Chemistry EnvironmentalBotany

    Biochemistry Engineering Physics

    Earth and Space Behavioral and Social Microbiology

    Medicine and Health Sciences

    Purpose (the statement that explains why you are doing the experiment): ___________________________________________________________________________

    Problem (the question you will be investigating shouldn’t be answered with a yes or no):

     ___________________________________________________________________________ Hypothesis (State what you think will happen and the reason for your educated guess based on your research): __________________________________________________________ The items that have an effect on the experiment:

    a. Variable(s) (Items that change during the experiment) __________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ b. Control(s) (Items that remain the same during the experiment): __________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ Equipment you will be using: __________________________________________________

     ___________________________________________________________________________

    Length of time (approximately) the experiment will take to complete? _______________

    *Each experiment should be done at least 3 times in order to find out if the results are the same (valid).

Parent Signature: ______________________________________________________________

    **Teacher Approval: ________________________________Date: ____________________

    Comments: ____________________________________________________________________________

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    Category Descriptions

Behavioral and Social Sciences: Human and animal behavior, social and community relationship psychology,

    sociology, anthropology, archaeology, animal behavior, learning, perception, urban problems, public opinion surveys, educational testing, etc. When working with humans or animals you must get PRIOR approval from your teacher.

Biochemistry: Chemistry of life processes molecular biology, molecular genetics, enzymes, photosynthesis, blood

    chemistry, protein chemistry, food chemistry, hormones.

    Botany: Study of plant life agriculture, agronomy, horticulture, forestry, plant taxonomy, plant physiology, plant pathology, plant genetics, hydroponics, algae, etc.

Chemistry: Study of nature, composition of matter and the laws governing it physical chemistry, organic chemistry

    (other than biochemistry), inorganic chemistry, materials, plastics, fuels, pesticides, metallurgy, soil chemistry, etc. You may test some consumer products here. Some examples would include testing the effectiveness of detergents, waxes, cleaning products. Testing physical and chemical changes is appropriate for this category. Ideas: how to prevent rust, mildew, mold.

Earth and Space Science: Geology, mineralogy, physical oceanography, meteorology, seismology, geography,

    topography. (You can‟t really test planets or comets or the moon and stars – so no solar systems please). Ideas: test

    weather tools, test the causes of earthquakes, test the strength of rocks.

Engineering: Technology projects that directly apply scientific principles to manufacturing and practical uses civil,

    mechanical, aeronautical, chemical, electrical, photographic, sound, automotive, marine, heating and refrigeration, transportation, environmental engineering. Ideas: What structures are the strongest (test shapes) think of bridge designs.

    Why are cars made in different shapes? Will a “Hummer” go as fast as a “Corvette?” – test the design.

    Environmental Science: Study of pollution (air, water, and land) sources and their control, ecology, waste disposal, impact studies. Ideas: ways to prevent erosion, study on decomposition (this takes a while so get started right away). How about studying air pollution from different pollutants: cars, buses, trucks be careful, wear protective covering over you

    own nose. Test things marketed as biodegradable.

Medicine and Health: Study of diseases and health of humans and animals medicine, dentistry, pharmacology,

    pathology, veterinary medicine, nutrition, sanitations, pediatrics, allergies, speech and hearing, etc. Be Careful with this section. You must get approval from your teacher when working with people or animals PRIOR to starting your project.

Microbiology: Biology of microorganisms bacteriology, virology, protozology, fungi, bacterial genetics, yeast.

    Remember to take pictures. You can‟t display these organisms because someone may be allergic to them.

Physics: Pertaining to the part of the Physical Science Strand: Energy (light, sound, heat, and electricity) Think of

    something with light waves (light bulbs, sound waves (IPods), radio waves, materials that protect us from heat (oven mitts) electrical circuits (what about those Christmas tree bulbs and if one is burned out), force (gravity, friction, magnetism) and motion. Ideas: roller coaster, design of airplanes, rockets as it affects motion and or speed, type of materials used that may affect physical laws: type of pavements, type of baseball bat, football other sporting equipment. How about a study on equipment used in the winter Olympics such as skates, skis, snowboards.

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    Example of an organization format Science Fair Project Classroom Timeline and rubric for classroom grades

    Completed Submittal Assignment

    Date

    Week of 1. Research various topics October 7, 2. Select a topic

    2013 3. Consult at least 3 sources to prepare your written report

     ; Internet

     ; Books

     ; Encyclopedia

     ; Contact a professional in the area of study

    ; Write a letter to a business or manufacturer for information

    4. Write bibliography

    5. Write a written report of at least one page (5 paragraph report)

    Week of 1. Formulate hypothesis October 14, 2. Articulate the problem and purpose

    2013 3. Describe the experimental procedures

    4. Develop a materials list

    Week of 1. Conduct experiment at least three times (trials make it more valid) October 28, 2. Take photos (Optional)

    2013 3. Record on-going observations (not just procedures) in data notebook

    (required)

    Week of 1. Write the results (what happened) in paragraph form. November 4, 2. Create graphs, chart, tables of the results (minimum of one)

    2013

    Week of 1. Write applications November 11, 2. Write recommendations

    2013 3. Write acknowledgements, include the reasons why you are thanking

    them

    Week of 1. Write abstract (one page summary of the whole experiment, not your November 18, written report)

    2013 2. Design your display board: border, catchy title, frames for typed

    sections, pictures to decorate

    Week of 1. Complete display board (glue on the sections - follow the placement Dec. 2, 2013 exactly as the example‟s layout)

    2. Compile written report (all sections from your display board as well

    as the written report and a creative cover - do not display your name on

    cover put it on the back of the report)

    3. Decorate data notebook

    Week of Dec. School Fair 16-20

    Jan. 24, 2013 Regional Fair

     State Fair

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    EXAMPLE

Student’s Name ___________________________ Category ________________________________

    CLASS GRADING SHEET: Each item will be graded and points will be deducted for lateness (1 pt. each day

    late). These grades are entered into grade book as class assignment grades. The final draft is a “project” grade. Date Due* Part Due: Each item must be typed; Total Points Comments

    double-spaced in 12-14 font Points Earned/Grade

     Parent Acknowledgement Form 5

     Student Documentation Form 5

    * Items below will be turned in on the

    due dates listed

    Pre-Experiment

     Purpose and Problem 5

     Research/ Background Information 15

     Bibliography 5

     Hypothesis 5 The Experiment

     Materials & Procedures 10

     Control & Variable(s) (Subjects) 10

     Results 5

     Data (Tables, Graphs, Diagrams and/or 5

    charts (minimum of one)5

     Conclusion 10

     Application & Recommendations 10

     Acknowledgements 5

     Title Page & Table of Contents 5

     Abstract Summary (including all 10

    components)

     100 TOTAL POINTS

     * Dates are subject to change

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    CLASSROOM CHECK WRITTEN REPORT (BINDER) RUBRIC

    Student’s Name _________________________________ Final Draft Project Grade ________________ Category __________________________Homeroom Teacher _____________________

    COMPONENTS- All items must be typed in 12-14 font & Total Points Points Comments double-spaced; in the order listed below

    Earned

    Title Page 1

    Abstract Summary w/Components 10

    Table of Contents 1

    Purpose 5

    Problem 5

    Research/Background Info 15

    In own words, at least three sources, correct topic

    Hypothesis 5

    Subject(s) 1

    Control & Variables 10

    Materials & Procedures 6

    Tables, Graphs, Diagrams (use metric 5

    measurements)

    Results 5

    Conclusion 10

    Application 5

    Recommendations 5

    Acknowledgments 1

    Bibliography 5

    Writing/Mechanics 5

    Neatness/Appearance/Order 10

     TOTAL 100

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    DISPLAY BOARD: CLASSROOM CHECK

    Total Points Points Comments Components

    Earned

    Display Board: Neatness/ 20 Appearance

    Scientific Method: 40 Complete and ordered

    correctly

    Thoroughness 25

    Conventions: Grammar; 15 Mechanics

    Total 100

    DATA NOTEBOOK: CLASSRROM CHECK

    Total Points Points Comments Components

    Earned

    Journal Format: Observations

    Overtime: Dates/Times

    Statistics

    Total 25

    ORAL PRESENTATION: CLASSROOM CHECK

    Total Points Points Comments Components

    Earned

    Voice

    Eye Contract

    Knowledge Level

    Enthusiastic

    Total 100

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    Life Science

Behavioral and Social Science

    Animals Animals or Humans

    What cat food do cats purr fer (for)? How does smell affect the taste of food? How does the color of a birdhouse affect feeding On which surface can a snail move faster (dirt, habits of birds? sand, soil, grass, cement etc.)? Can birds see color (test three different bird

    feeders and change the color)? Humans Do mice really like cheese? What effect does taping your fingers together Are dogs colorblind? have on the time required to button a shirt or Do fish see colors? jacket? How will holding a mirror in front of a fish Is your handwriting affected by how tired you are? change its behavior? Does music affect the time it takes children to put What color of birdseed do birds like best? a puzzle together? How does temperature affect the behavior of Do commercials influence the toys children want? insects? Does a reward system produce faster learning? Can animals tell time? Can you identify objects just by touching them? Do male gerbils and girl gerbils behave differently? Can tell what something is just by its smell? Can you teach a cat tricks? How can cologne/perfume affect your mood (or Which breed of dog learns faster? pulse rate)? What food do mealworms prefer? Compare whether or not we smile or frown more What travels faster; a snail or a worm? throughout the day. What effect does temperature have on the Do different brands of the same flavor soft drinks metamorphosis of a butterfly? taste different from each other? Which do ants prefer- cheese or sugar? Does music affect your heart rate? Who gets more attention from teachers in the classroom: males or females? What are the effects of playing video games on hand-eye coordination?

Microbiology

    In what type of condition do algae grow best? Which materials grow molds? What makes yeast form? What prevents the growth of molds? Do all foods grow the same kind of mold? What bacteria are in pond water? Which citrus food is the best electrolyte? What bacteria are on the doors of restrooms?What form of sugar combined with baker‟s yeast

    will produce the most carbon dioxide?

    Botany

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