From Science Fair Central at www.discoveryschool.com
Starting Your Science Fair Project/Three-Week Schedule
Taking on a science fair project might seem like a huge task, but it doesn’t have to be an overwhelming experience. Use the timetable below to think through the steps in the process and follow a clear schedule.
*Class Presentation/High Cap Science Fair (mandatory): Wed., March 11, 9:30 AM
*WM Science Fair (optional): Wednesday, March 11 @ WM
*2020 Washington State Science and Engineering Fair (optional): March 27-28 in Bremerton; For info, go to www.wssef.org.
Week 1 (February 10-14):
- Choose a topic or problem to investigate. (If you have done a science fair project before, it should be from a different area of science).
- Start a journal to keep all your notes and research along the way.
- Begin research on your topic. Talk to experts, look through printed sources (books, journals, magazines, and newspapers), and search the Internet.
- Change your topic or problem, if necessary.
- Decide how to set up your investigation or experiment, including the procedure and necessary materials.
- From your initial research, write your hypothesis.
- Continue your research using the best resources you found.
- Complete initial research. Set up outline for your written report.
- Start your experiment or demonstration collection. Record your observations in your journal.
Week 2 (February 24-February 28):
- Begin collecting or buying materials for your display.
- Work on first draft of your report.
- Continue to record observations from your experiment in your journal.
- Start assembling display unit. See the example in your packet.
- Begin designing signs, labels, charts, graphs, or other visual aids for display.
- Write text background for display and plan its layout.
- Continue to record observations from experiment.
- Take any photographs you need.
Week 3+ (March 2-March 10):
- Complete your experiment or collection. Analyze observations and write up results.
- Write, type, and proofread final version of written report.
- Print photographs.
- Type explanations or background information and mount them on your display.
- Finish constructing your display, including graphs, charts, and visual aids.
- Bring your project to school on Wednesday, March 11, for the High Cap Science Fair.