• From Science Fair Central at www.discoveryschool.com

    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):

    1. 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).
    2. Start a journal to keep all your notes and research along the way.
    3. Begin research on your topic. Talk to experts, look through printed sources (books, journals, magazines, and newspapers), and search the Internet.
    4. Change your topic or problem, if necessary.
    5. Decide how to set up your investigation or experiment, including the procedure and necessary materials.
    6. From your initial research, write your hypothesis.
    7. Continue your research using the best resources you found.
    8. Complete initial research.  Set up outline for your written report.
    9. Start your experiment or demonstration collection.  Record your observations in your journal.

    Week 2 (February 24-February 28):

    1. Begin collecting or buying materials for your display.
    2. Work on first draft of your report.
    3. Continue to record observations from your experiment in your journal.
    4. Start assembling display unit.  See the example in your packet.
    5. Begin designing signs, labels, charts, graphs, or other visual aids for display.
    6. Write text background for display and plan its layout.
    7. Continue to record observations from experiment.
    8. Take any photographs you need.

    Week 3+ (March 2-March 10):

    1. Complete your experiment or collection. Analyze observations and write up results.
    2. Write, type, and proofread final version of written report.
    3. Print photographs.
    4. Type explanations or background information and mount them on your display.
    5. Finish constructing your display, including graphs, charts, and visual aids.
    6. Bring your project to school on Wednesday, March 11, for the High Cap Science Fair.