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/E2 Science Fair (mandatory): Thurs., March 13, 9:30 AM
*WM Science Fair/Maker Faire (optional): Thursday, March 13 @ WM
*2019 Washington State Science Fair (optional): March 29-30 in Bremerton; For info, go to www.wssef.org.
Week 1 (February 11-15):
- 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 25-March 1):
- 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 4-March 13):
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- 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 13, for the E2 Science Fair.