Science Fair Projects – those words are almost frightening!
But they don’t have to be. I’m here to help you and your student get through this without the tears.
Science fair projects are one of those projects that you just dread when the time comes, but this project is essential to a child’s education. It is an excellent tool to for your child to practice the scientific method and presenting.
The following 8 steps are your solution to “how the heck do we do a science fair project” problem.
Step 1: Choose a Topic
The first step to a successful science fair project is choosing the topic. Start by having your child choose a subject in science that interest them most: Earth Science, Physical Science, Chemistry, Biology, etc. Once they have chosen a topic, now it’s time to ask the questions what? why? and how?
Step 2: Do The Research
Next, have your child do some research on the question they came up with. The research they do will help them create an educated answer to their question. Research should be conducted using books, the internet, and library resources. Organize the information they found on index cards. Make sure they can answer the what? why? and how? of their topic question.
Step 3: What is Your Hypothesis
In this step, students will create an “if-then” statement for their science fair topic. This statement should be no longer than a sentence. If their research was completed correctly, they should be able to take an educated guess of what the outcome of their experiment might be.
Step 4: Design Your Experiment
At this point in the project, your child should be ready to plan out their experiment. You and your child may find this step a bit challenging, but as you know, a well planned out project have positive results. Students should be able to identify three types of variables:
Independent Variable: is controlled or changed by the student; what are we testing for?
Dependent Variable: is used to measure the effect of the changes to the independent variable; what will we use to measure the progress of our test?
Controlled Variable: stays the same throughout the experiment; what will remain the same so that it does not affect our results?
Make sure that your child’s results can prove their hypothesis to be true or false.
Step 5: Do the Experiment
This step requires patience. It could take a few days for your child’s results to be complete based on the experiment they chose.
At this point, your child should be prepared with all of their materials. Make sure they record their observation at every step of the process on an index card.
Step 6: Analyze the Data
Once they have completed their experiment it is now time to analyze their results.
Here your child should make a statement of whether or not their hypothesis is true. Why or why not? This should be a brief summary explaining their results.
Step 7: Create Your Science Fair Board
Now, here comes the fun part!
Their board will serve as a visual aid for students to experience their experience. It is important for it to be neat, eye-catching, and attractive. The best boards to use for a science fair project are the tri-fold presentation boards.
Step 8: Practice Your Presentation
To shake off all the jitters, have your child practice their presentation at home before the science fair. Ask them questions to make sure they know all the facts.
If you follow these 8 steps your child’s science fair project will certainly “WOW” the judges.