Introduction, Introduction, RequirementsRequirements
, & Timeline, & TimelinePresentation Created By:
Ms. Paula Trapani-Wiener, LRMS Librarian
“Who will participate?”•ALLALL 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students at LR
“When will it be held?”•March , March , 24 201124 2011
•Only a few short months away!
•Try not to get overwhelmed.
•Follow the timeline—don’t fall behind!
•Use a variety of resources
•books, websites, teachers, librarians
What’s due?…see your science fair packet for exact due dates
•Data/ Observations•Results•Conclusion•Abstract•In-class presentation
“How do I begin?”•Choose a topic
that interests you•Narrow it down/ make it specific
•Develop an idea for an actual project
A Few Off-Limit Topics…•No models!
–Examples:–Model of a volcano
–Model of the solar system
Narrowed-down topics…•People: Success in school•Animals: Pet training•Plants: Rate of growth•Rocks: Erosion•Electricity: Conductors•Friction: Speed
Sample project titles…• People: Does eating nutritious food
make you more successful in school?• Animals: Does the length of an animal
training session make a difference?• Plants: Will soil conditions affect the
rate of growth of a bean plant?• Rocks: Which factors change the rate of
erosion of rocks?• Electricity: Can vegetables conduct
electricity?• Friction: Does surface affect speed?
“Where can I get some project ideas?”
posted on Science Fair Project Page
BOOKS…• Both the LR
Library and our public libraries have plenty of books describing various projects
Online Resource…• Go to the Science Fair Project
Page for links to websites and online databases to help you choose a project and gather background info. on the topic.
• Click Library from our homepage, click Class Project Pages, click Science Fair, and scroll to the bottom for online resources.
So, you’ve picked a topic. Next…
•Get your topic approved by your teacher.
•Use books, encyclopedias, and websites to gather background information
•Use note cards or notetaking sheets
Then…•Cite your sources
using proper bibliography format– See Ms. T’s
“Bibliography Cheat Sheet” on LR Library website under “Research Tips”
Then…•Begin your project or experiment using the Scientific Method
•You’ll learn more about this in Science class.
Finally…you’ll be ready to prepare your display boards!• Include
illustrations, digital photos, charts, graphs, etc. AND typed up summaries in the following areas:
•One of the 8 headings for your display board is “Abstract.”
What IS an Abstract?•It is a brief
summary of your entire project.
•Not more than one page.
The Abstract Includes:•Project title
•Statement of the purpose
•Hypothesis•Brief description of the procedure
•Stay focused•Follow the timeline
Presentation Created By:
LibrarianLawrence Road Middle School