All Projects must contain the following parts (these are part of both the project board & the research paper).
- The Title: A catchy Title draws the judges attention.
- The Question: What am I trying to find out about? What brand of paper towel will absorb the most water?
- The Purpose: I want to find out which brand of paper towels will absorb the most water.
- Introduction: Why? I want to test this question to learn if the most expensive paper towels are more absorbent than the cheaper brand of paper towel.
- Research Plan: How am I going to do this? Write a brief plan that includes my research and my experiment. What will I do to answer my question? I will research absorbency and find out how paper towels absorb water. I will conduct an experiment to determine which paper towel absorbs the most water.
- My Hypothesis: A short paragraph that tells what I think the answer to my question is. This should be written before I do any experiments.
- Experiment: Write down the procedure that I used to carry out my experiment. Be very clear and detailed. Do it at least 3 times to make sure my results are accurate. Get results that I can chart and graph. I’ll need pictures of what I do for my project board, because I cannot do the experiment at the science fair.
- More Research: I may go on the internet or find a book about water & absorption so that I can learn more about this process.
- Results: This is what I learned when I carried out my experiment. Charts & Graphs are necessary to display results.
10. Conclusion: My Hypothesis is accepted or rejected. A brief paragraph that explains if the hypothesis was correct or not and explains your results.
Abstract & Research Reports: On display by your board, but not on the board!
Abstract: A summary of what I did. The judges will read it to get a brief overview of your project. Abstracts must include: purpose, procedure, description of experiment, data collected, and conclusion of the project. 250 words or less.
From the reading and research that I did, I will write reports. This can be 3 or 4 smaller reports rather than 1 long report. Reports should come from more than one source: textbook, encyclopedia, internet, pamphlets, videos, etc.
- Title Page: Just the project name – not yours!
- Table of Contents: name the parts of your report and give the page numbers.
- Acknowledgements: include a list of people who helped you complete your project and thank them. This should be in paragraph form.
- Research Reports: Three or four short reports each with it’s own title. DO NOT JUST PRINT INFORMATION FROM THE INTERNET. READ the material and put it into your own words. Copying or printing is plagiarism and you will be disqualified as well as receive a zero on the report.
- Bibliography: list of sources used: use the format that matches the resource.
- Book: Hoving, Thomas. Water. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1978.
- Magazine: Begley, Sharon. “Properties of Water.” Newsweek 4 Oct. 2004:65
- Website: Retrieved from: March 2005 http://infotrac.galegroup.com.
Your display must not be larger than 105” tall by 48”wide and 24” deep. Smaller is fine, make it neat and colorful!