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How to conduct an experiment and prepare a scientific poster

 
All scientific experiments and discoveries start with a question – and school aged children with their natural curiosity are already experts at asking questions!  The scientific method (above) is the process that helps scientists get reliable, and reproducible, answers to their questions.
THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD – TRANSLATED
PROBLEM – Ask a real question where you don’t know the answer.
PRELIMINARY RESEARCH – Find good information.  Use what you find to help with your question.
HYPOTHESIS – Guess the answer to your question using the information you found.
PROCEDURE & MATERIALS – Plan an experiment to answer your question.  List all the steps and materials needed. Plan to repeat the experiment to make sure the results are not just random chance.
RESULTS – Show what happened in your experiment.  Use pictures, graphs and words to make it really clear.
CONCLUSIONS – Use your data to answer your original question.  Explain why your hypothesis (guess) was right or wrong.
 
MATH SPECIAL HONOR AWARD
Projects that use math in a substantial way may be eligible for the Math Special Honor Award.  Please click here for more information about qualification for this award including math standards by grade.
Display Board Layout
HOW TO CREATE A DISPLAY BOARD
  • Make your project fun to look at with pictures and colors.
  • Use large, clear lettering. Check grammar and spelling.
  • Part of your display should include something that represents the project and should be placed in front of or on the display board. Keep in mind that the items you choose must be safe – see the Rules page. Some examples of display items are equipment or materials you have built or used as part of your project, artistic representations of your topic, and items such as photos, video, and audio taken while working on your project.
  • Keep in mind that electrical outlets are limited and must be requested at the time of registration.  Students need to supply their own extension cords.

(For more information, check out the Long Beach Unified School District science fair packet which inspired this info)

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