Getting ready to work on a science fair project? You likely already have some great information from your teacher, but read on for some great tips on selecting a project, conducting your research, and communicating your results.
- Choose a topic that is interesting to you!
- Read through your teacher’s guidelines carefully so that you know exactly what is expected of you.
- Focus your project on an interesting question that has real-world application. (The answer to the question should not be common knowledge!)
- Allow enough time for background research. Use many sources (books, articles, Internet, etc.) and record where you found ideas and information.
- Get your project approved (share materials you have gathered with your teacher).
- Keep a science fair notebook with your purpose, questions, hypothesis, materials needed, and procedures. Gather the needed materials.
- When conducting your experiments, carefully record your data. Be specific and record as much information as possible about your methods and results.
- Organize your results clearly in a chart or graph. (It should be nice and easy for people to see your results!)
- Make sure that your conclusions are based on your results. (Don’t discount results just because they don’t support your hypothesis!)
- Ensure that your exhibit is sturdy, with enough space to display graphs, charts, illustrations, photos, summary sheets, and/or any other information you want to include.
- Be prepared to explain your project and answer questions.
When scoring your science fair project, judges will ask themselves:
- How clearly have you stated your problem?
- Are your procedures appropriate?
- Is the information complete?
- Did the conclusions you reached make sense?
- Was the research appropriate?
- How unique is your project?
- How clearly did you present your information? Are graphs or tables the appropriate form for the data?
- Was your display visually appealing?
We hope these tips will help to remind you of some of the details expected of a good science fair project. Remember to ask your teacher and others who are knowledgeable in your chosen topic–doctors, nurses, researchers, librarians, veterinarians, your parents–for information and help, or visit one of the helpful websites below. Good Luck!
Online Science Fair Resources