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Projects you can start this year, for next year. Idea #3 = Plant Projects

If you know how to do a project AND you know you want to, or need to, do one for next year – why not start one now? It is the perfect time to start a plant-themed science fair project because there will be sufficient time for the plants to grow by a measurable amount. … Continue reading »

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How to prepare a final report for your science fair project

Generally a teacher would give guidelines as to what is expected in the final report, but if none come home with the project directions, then I recommend including the following sections (similar to a scientific paper) in this order: • Title, author, date • Abstract: 1 paragraph summary of entire project • Introduction: Background information … Continue reading »

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How to graph data for your science fair project

Once you have your data, you will need to present it to your teacher and science fair judges. In a science publication, you would choose between a table and a graph, but for the science fair project it is acceptable, and even encouraged, to showcase the data in both forms. If you have to pick … Continue reading »

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Backboard Basics for Science Fair Projects

The backboard is the final part of most science fair projects. If your teacher has given you directions on the preferred layout, then use that — but in the event your are not sure of what goes where, here is a generic backboard template. Choose 1 to 3 colors to make the display board attractive, … Continue reading »

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How to do a successful sports-themed science fair project

Option 1: Give up early and find another topic Generally, the biggest problem with every sports-themed project is the lack of standardization of some part of the procedure (see “fatal flaws” page). There is just NO WAY to make sure that you, as the experimenter, hit the baseball, kick the soccer ball, throw the football, … Continue reading »

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Replicate! Replicate! Replicate!

The single biggest mistake in all the science fair projects I evaluated yesterday was no replication or incorrect replication, so today’s post is geared toward covering this specific topic. All science experiments MUST be replicated. That means you have to repeat everything you did, exactly the same way (to the best of your ability), a … Continue reading »

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How to make the Mentos-Soda explosion into a winning science fair project

So you really just want to make a mess and blow something up, but if you learn scientific method along the way, we’ll call it a win-win! First, check out the description of the reaction and photos from those that have tried it, here: Mentos Diet Coke Geyser at Steve Spangler Science http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/experiment/original-mentos-diet-coke-geyser via @SpanglerScience … Continue reading »

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Graphing 101: Examples of graph types

BAR GRAPH – This is the most common type for science fair projects. You may select a bar graph when your independent variable is qualitative (categories) or quantitative (numbers). Look closely and make sure your bar graph has all the highlighted parts: LINE GRAPH – This is the second most common, but frequently used incorrectly, … Continue reading »

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GRAPHING 101: How to graph data for a science fair project

Once you have your data, you will need to present it to your teacher and science fair judges. In a science publication, you would choose between a table and a graph, but for the science fair project it is acceptable, and even encouraged, to showcase the data in both forms. Type of graphs: Your first … Continue reading »

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Do you need a science log book?

If you want to win, yes – you should have a research notebook detailing what you did for your project. Science notebooks are a critical tool for scientists. It is where our ideas, observations, experimental designs, and data are maintained and can be referred back to. Even in our digital age, most scientists keep hard … Continue reading »

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