Welcome to the LibGuide for the Lackey Science Fair for the 2013-2014 school year! If you have any questions about due dates, project selection or how to fill out the forms, please see your science teacher as soon as possible!
This year each student enrolled in an Honors Level Science will be required to complete a science fair project that includes submission of forms, various rough drafts, and a final report of a controlled experiment. In addition, for each experiment the student will create a display (PowerPoint presentation) of their work, a composition notebook journal and a research paper. Students who place at the school fair will produce a Backboard to enter into the County Science Fair. Instructions for the Backboard will be provided after the Lackey Science Fair. To get the best grades on the forms listed on the timeline, rough drafts and final project, students must follow all directions and complete work by the due dates given.
All projects must be preapproved and must follow the scientific method. They must contain original data and/or original data analysis involving quantitative data (data that is numerical). Data must be observed and recorded by the student. Presentations must include some proof that the project was actually done by the student. This could be a demonstration of a technique used, display of experiment or pictures of the experiment. If pictures are used, please be sure to keep the students faces out of the pictures for judging purposes.
Science Fair Journal Requirements
The purpose of the journal is to record progress on your project. If your journal is maintained properly, your final report will be fairly easy to prepare. The journal is required to be turned in with your PowerPoint Presentation and Research Paper! The first page of your notebook will be your Table of Contents. The second page of your notebook is where you will provide your introduction, state your problem/question, hypothesis and an outline of your complete plan. All Science Fair Journals must include:
- Table of Contents
- Introduction - states the main topic and previews the project
- Question - clear and concise problem that is testable and has been preapproved
- Hypothesis - required in If - Then - Because format.
- Materials - All materials listed with enough detail that someone else (or you!) could repeat the experiment.
- Procedures - in sequential order and listed with enough detail that someone else (or you!) could repeat the experiment.
- Data Log - the data log will require a total of 15 entries
- Data Tables, Charts, Graphs and/or Pictures
- Bibliography/References - miniumum of 5 references in APA format
Submitting your PowerPoint Presentation
All Science Fair PowerPoint presentations will be submitted through www.turnitin.com.
The website does NOT accept PowerPoint presentations. In order to submit your presentation, you will need Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 or newer. If you don't have a new enough version, you can use PowerPoint at school to do the following:
- Open your PowerPoint presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 or newer.
- Click on FILE
- Click on SAVE AS
- At the bottom of the window where it says SAVE AS TYPE choose the option for PDF.
- Click SAVE
When you submit your assignment, you will submit the PDF version of your presentation through www.turnitin.com. Your science teacher will provide specific information to help you submit your assignment on this website.
Writing a SCIENCE RESEARCH PAPER
Writing a SCIENCE RESEARCH PAPER is similar to writing one for ENGLISH but there are some differences. When you write in SCIENCE, there is a set format to follow. You can see more about the format in the file link below. Your paper will need the following sections:
3. Materials and Methods (Materials and Procedures) - BE SPECIFIC!
6. References (At least 5 in APA Format)
There are some example Research Papers in the Science Fair Handouts and Files section of this website. Pay close attentiont to the FONT SIZE, SPACING and MARGINS! Also notice that there are NO PRONOUNS in a Science Research Paper.
Science Fair Categories
Behavioral & Social Sciences
Cellular & Molecular Biology
Engineering: Materials & Bioengineering
Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical
Energy & Transportation
Medicine & Health Services
Physics & Astronomy
All PowerPoint presentations for Science Fair must include the following slides:
6. Procedure (if needed, procedures may take up more than 1 slide)
7. Data (this includes: data tables, graphs, charts and/or pictures – may also take up more than 1 slide)
9. References (minimum of 5 references in APA - NOT MLA format)
The document below contains a list of some appropriate Science Fair Questions. Your science teacher can help you with deciding how you are going to investigate your question but they will not do all of the work for you.
Remember that we are here to help you! Before we can do that, you have to ASK for help. If your project is about a different subject (ex: you are in Biology but your project is about Chemistry), you can ask another science teacher for help too. Here is a list of the Science Department:
- Mr. Wells - Biology - D5
- Mr. Gartland - Physics and Math - D6
- Ms. North - Earth and Space Science - D7
- Mr. Stoothoff - Earth and Space Science & Chemistry - D8
- Mr. Duggan - Chemistry - D9
- Mr. Olufade - Chemistry and AP Biology - D10
- Ms. Wilding - Biology and AP Environmental - D11
- Mr. Nemeth - Biology - D12
- Mr. Fawcett - Biology and Biomedical Science - D13
- Ms. Ashby - Biology
Science Fair Criteria for Judging:
Scientific Thought: Illustration of application of scientific principles and methods, organization of project, record of accurate observations, understanding of synthesis of scientific information.
Thoroughness and Clarity: Relating of a complete story with appropriate labeling, descriptions, and sequence of though tot guide visitors. Evidence of consistent and continuous effort.
Creative Ability: Originality of approach, ingenious uses of materials, purposefulness.
Skill and Neatness: Workmanship in handling of material, neatness in arranging of parts or mounting of specimens. Overall attractiveness of exhibit.
The references that you find through Destiny will be in MLA format. Each student will need to re-format their references in APA format. This is a very easy process if you use a citation building website. Here are some great examples that you can use:
http://www.citefast.com/ - make sure you click on the tab for APA format
http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/citationbuilder/ - this website will allow you to format in MLA or APA format. Be sure you choose APA format!
If you need help with your citations, you should see your science teacher. You can also ask Ms. Conner or Ms. Lai in the Media Center during Charger Time (just make sure you ask POLITELY!)
Do you need to complete protocol forms by October 11th?
If your project involves any of the following, you must complete protocol forms to obtain permission to do your project:
- Vertebrate Animals
- Potentially Hazardous Microorganisms
- Potentially Hazardous Materials/Devices
These forms must be turned in to your science teacher by October 11th so that they can be sent to the Board of Education for approval. If you need help with these forms, please see your science teacher or Ms. Wilding-Rizor in room D11.
The instructions for these forms can be found here: http://libguides.ccboe.com/content.php?pid=468259&sid=3833540