I attended this last year and cannot recommend it highly enough. If you are struggling with putting together a project, just ask them. They are committed to assisting those interested in participating. This class is FREE.
The following is from the organizer:
Learn how to do a “Science Project” using the Scientific method from former homeschool student Audrey Creighton Bell.
Audrey has done many projects throughout her homeschool years and is a PSUSD and RIMS science and engineering fair winner and a California State Science Fair participant.
Audrey will go through a science project step by step using the scientific method.
Parents and school age children are welcome and will benefit from the information.
(younger children are also welcome and may use the adjacent playroom if necessary)
Our goal is to inform and educate you, and help you to complete a science fair project.
We hope that you will then enter your project into our PSUSD Science Fair in Feb. but it is not required.
Participants in this Fair have the opportunity to win participation in the RIMS (April) and State Fairs (May).
You can also enter this completed project in the Homeschool Fair in May. (http://homeschoolfair.com/)
Bring pencil and paper for notes
Tuesday August 28th
24220 Gunther Road
Romoland, Ca 92585
Please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org or 951-928-2390
Check out our website information at:
The information on the home page is from last year.
The location and aprox. date should remain the same.
There is a 43 page science fair manual you can download and use for ideas and reference.
(just ignore the cover pages 1-4 from a previous fair)
Page 5 has guidelines for a Scientific collection which can be use for younger children or to interest a child in the Sciences.
(Your child might already be collecting something)
Page 6-8 has information on judging.
Pages 9-12 has information on the different categorys.
There are sample forms and regulations for you to look at as well as lots of helps and ideas.
What do you do if you ‘get stuck?’
Ask for help!
Once you get over the first few hurdles you will find science projects to be an adventure full of fun.
I. WHAT EXACTLY IS A SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT?
A Science Fair Project is simply a project that uses the SCIENTIFIC METHOD.
The Scientific Method is a method for discovering about the physical world through
repeatable observations in a controlled environment.
Definition in detail:
***”A method of discovering…” – Fasten your seat belts; the scientific method leads you down
an exciting path of discovery!
***”…about the physical world…” – the scientific method is an amazingly good tool to help you understand and appreciate the beauty and fascination of the physical world. It is also far superior to intuition or guesswork for discovering solutions to practical problems relating to the physical world.
***”… through repeatable observations…” – This is the indispensable core of the scientific method. The “Laws of Nature” are nothing more than observations repeated so frequently that we assume their reliability and call them laws. Your observations are the raw data of your project.
***”…in a controlled environment…” – This is the great challenge of the scientific method. Many a wrong conclusion has been drawn because uncontrolled variables have confounded an experiment. The goal of a scientific experiment is to control all variables except the one(s) under study. This assures repeatability and accurate conclusions.
Finally, a Science Fair Project
IS NOT JUST a display of something in science or nature
IS NOT JUST a presentation of a scientific discovery made in the past
IS NOT JUST a research report about a scientific concept or something in nature.
It IS a project that puts the SCIENTIFIC METHOD into practice!
II. STEPS FOR COMPLETING A SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT
A. Overview of Steps
Find a topic that allows you to use the scientific method. Your topic should be in the
form of a question. Your project will answer the question of your topic.
2. Background Research
Do some homework on your topic in preparation for your experiment. The goal or your research is to be able to predict the answer to the question in your topic, that is, to make a hypothesis about the outcome of your project.
What will be the results of your controlled experiment? Take an educated
guess (in light of your background research) and record it. Your hypothesis
should be your prediction of the answer to the question of your topic.
How will you create a controlled experiment to test your hypothesis? Think it through and write it down.
What materials/equipment will you use in your experiment? Record your list and gather them.
6.a. Data Collection
Perform your experiment and carefully record your observations (your data). Note any deviations from your procedure or other interesting observations. You should record your data in a science log (a spiral notebook, for example), or they can be computer generated.
6.b. Data Analysis
What does your data say? Graph your data or do other analysis to clarify your data.
Finally, draw your conclusion, that is, was your hypothesis correct or not?
That is, did you correctly predict the answer of the question in your topic?
If not, you may have made a really big discovery. Why wasn’t your
8. Next Step
What will be your next step? Is there other data, a different approach,
or other related topics you would like to explore in the future?
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