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Introduction, Introduction, RequirementsRequirements

, & Timeline, & TimelinePresentation Created By:

Ms. Paula Trapani-Wiener, LRMS Librarian

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“Who will participate?”•ALLALL 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students at LR

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“When will it be held?”•March , March , 24 201124 2011

•Only a few short months away!

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“Sound scary?”

•Try not to get overwhelmed.

•Follow the timeline—don’t fall behind!

•Use a variety of resources

•books, websites, teachers, librarians

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What’s due?…see your science fair packet for exact due dates

•Topic Approval

•Background/ Research


•Materials/ Procedure

•Data/ Observations•Results•Conclusion•Abstract•In-class presentation

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“How do I begin?”•Choose a topic

that interests you•Narrow it down/ make it specific

•Develop an idea for an actual project

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A Few Off-Limit Topics…•No models!

–Examples:–Model of a volcano

–Model of the solar system

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Sample Topics…•People•Animals•Plants•Rocks•Electricity•Friction

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Narrowed-down topics…•People: Success in school•Animals: Pet training•Plants: Rate of growth•Rocks: Erosion•Electricity: Conductors•Friction: Speed

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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?

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“Where can I get some project ideas?”

1.Library Books2.Websites

posted on Science Fair Project Page

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BOOKS…• Both the LR

Library and our public libraries have plenty of books describing various projects

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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.

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So, you’ve picked a topic. Next…

•Get your topic approved by your teacher.

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preliminary research

•Use books, encyclopedias, and websites to gather background information

•Use note cards or notetaking sheets

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Then…•Cite your sources

using proper bibliography format– See Ms. T’s

“Bibliography Cheat Sheet” on LR Library website under “Research Tips”

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Then…•Begin your project or experiment using the Scientific Method

•You’ll learn more about this in Science class.

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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:

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•Title•Background/ Research

•Hypothesis•Materials/ Procedures

•Data/ Observations•Results•Conclusion

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Final Note…

•One of the 8 headings for your display board is “Abstract.”

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What IS an Abstract?•It is a brief

summary of your entire project.

•Not more than one page.

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The Abstract Includes:•Project title

•Statement of the purpose

•Hypothesis•Brief description of the procedure


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•Stay focused•Follow the timeline

•Ask questions!

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Presentation Created By:

Paula Trapani-Wiener

LibrarianLawrence Road Middle School