Science Fair Project Plan for Oaks and Palms

Everyone will need a display flat (available at the Dollar King for $1 right now)

  • On the flat, there will be sections labeled:
  • · What’s the Question Being Explored? (This is the Central Title)
  • · Hypothesis—(This is a very specific, If . . .Then . . .
  • · Reseach Ideas for Exploring the Question
  • · Action/Test of the Hypothesis
  • · Results of the Action
  • · Conclusion

The student will choose a question to explore and will design an experiment to test out their hypothesis. The experiments must be designed with enough specific information that anyone could repeat the experiment and get the same results.

Everyone will keep a log book to collect the information in one place and to keep track of a time line, if it’s important to the experiment.

Research can include: interviewing someone in an agency that knows about your interest, looking on the net, reading the encyclopedia, going to the library for an afternoon and looking at various reference materials, watching a video or dvd about your area of interest, checking out books in the science library at school to get facts, etc. At least three different resources must be used (NOT JUST THE COMPUTER). One year a child went and talked to a person working at Pike’s Nursery to find out about her area of interest, which was bonsai trees. This research will be part of the science fair display and will be about 2 to 4 pages long, with a section to list resources used—APA resource rules will apply.

All animal projects must be approved, in advance, before moving forward.

The display must be neat and colorful—the idea is to “sell us” on your project.

Photos of the steps you took doing the experiment are really useful to show how to do it and keep the viewer interested.

Simple experiments are the ones with a clear, specific hypothesis to work by; for example: If two identical plants are grown in exactly the same kind of container and given exactly the same care, but one plant is grown in salt water and one in fresh, then the plant grown in fresh will gain leaves and height over the one grown in salt water. The goal is that the condition you apply to the experiment is the only thing different, the only variable.

We display the science fair projects for a week and sometimes, the library will allow the winners to be displayed, as well. Photos are taken and we celebrate with Pizza or Ice Cream, etc. This is a fun and challenging event. Everyone should start TODAY thinking about your project. The Question you want to Explore is due in the office by February 13th.