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Advice for students

New Year’s Resolution: Do your own science fair project (correctly)

I get it… few parents and kids love science fair projects as much as I do – but that’s OK – I am here to help! Doing a science fair project should be fun and informative, not stressful. For the new year, I recommend tackling the science fair with a new outlook. Design your own … Continue reading »

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What will the Science Fair Judge ask me??

This time of year, many students are preparing for an actual science fair competition. Most fairs have an interview portion, when the student will explain their project to one or more judges. This will make most students nervous – so the more prepared they are, the better this will probably go. QUICK TIPS: When the … Continue reading »

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What do I do with my data??

This time of year, most of the questions I get focus on how to graph the data collected. If you are trying to decide between a line graph and a bar graph… it usually is not your choice. The type of data and type of project dictate what, mathematically, you are “allowed” to do. Here … Continue reading »

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Change THIS, Measure THAT: How to design your own unique science fair project

Back to school time is also: “what am I going to do for a science fair project” time. This happens to be my FAVORITE time of year, but I appreciate that the required project also causes a lot of stress in a lot of classrooms and households!! START EARLY – here is some help: Look … Continue reading »

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Guest Blog: How to Write a Research Paper – by Lois

A Step by Step Guide in Writing a Research Paper Over the decade of school, we have all probably written numerous research papers, probably most of it during our high school and college years. It probably came to a point where you’ve written so many research papers that it has become a second nature for … Continue reading »

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Guest Blog: 8 tips for writing your report – by Sandra

From Dr. Maille: Some schools require a report as part of your science fair project – this is especially true for higher level competitions. Even if you don’t have to write one, you should because it will help you prepare for your presentation. Ultimately, a well written report will help you stand out against your … Continue reading »

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What will the Science Fair Judge ask me?

Judges are the “referees” in the sport of science fair. As with most refereed sports, the losing teams will often blame the referees for failure and, in some cases that is the case, and in other cases you just got beat. Since there is no appeal process, no coach’s challenge, and no instant replay for … Continue reading »

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How to Make a Great Science Fair Project Backboard: An example

Many of you should be ready to make your project backboards. Here is a great example of an attractive board with a good balance of art and science. Sarah is in the 6th grade. Some things to notice: -a catchy title -a clear testable question -logical and expected order of sections from left to right … Continue reading »

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Data Driven Science

Science is all about the data – so many scientists envision the data they are going to generate BEFORE they do experiments. . It is a good way of approaching a science fair project because you will know what you are going to do with your data even before you have it. Unfortunately, sometimes students … Continue reading »

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The KEY to designing your own science fair project is …

So you have to do a science fair project and there are plenty of websites that will give you detailed, step-by-step directions like a recipe for a cake – but, that’s not “real science”. If you have found your way to my website – I hope you are at least thinking about designing your own … Continue reading »

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