Final Report - Outline
Yes, once again I am here to guide you. This time you are writing the details of your science fair projects report. Would you believe that you are getting down to the wire of bringing this mystery to a close?
Before you write your report, check with your teacher regarding your school's rules and guidelines. It precedes anything we recommend.
1. Your report will most likely be long. Chunk this section into bite-size pieces, doing a little bit every day. It may take you up to a week or two to complete the whole report. Using a word processor makes it much easier than writing it by hand.
2. Check your ink cartridges. You will want to use various colors to make your charts, tables and graphs.
3. About every 5 minutes save your document. You don't want any of your work to be lost if all of a suddent there is a glitch with your computer. Time is precious and you don't want to waste it.
4. Use spell and grammar at the end of every day. As you finish a days work, print it out and read it. Make any changes on the paper. Then give it to one of your parents or older siblings and ask them to write suggestion in the margin. The next day, input your changes before you begin writing the new material.
The sections of you report include:
- The Title Page - in the center of the page write the Project Title, and your name, grade, school, date underneath that. Some schools want only the Title of your project on the first page. Write the title so it grabs the reader's attention. Do not make it the same as your Big Question.
- Table of contents - page 2 of your report. Include a page number in front of the name of each section. Center the word "Content" or "Table of Contents" at the top of the page. Number the sections of the report in a list below the Table of Contents....
Table of Contents
- Background Research
- Materials List
- Data Analysis & Discussion
- Ideas for Future Research
- Abstract- brief overview of the project - one or two paragraphs. No more then one page.
- Introduction - big question variables, hypothesis, explanation of what prompted your research and what you hoped to achieve.
- Background Research - this is your research paper you wrote before you did your experiment.
- Materials List - lists all the supplies you used.
- Experimental Procedure - describe in detail the method used to collect your data or make your observations. Be sure to explain every detail so that someone could repeat the experiment step by step. Include data, drawings, charts and graphs. You may want to include photos.
- Data Analysis & Discussion - include all data and measurements from your experiment along with drawings, charts and graphs. The discussion explains the results and is a summary of what you discovered during your observations, from your data table(s) and graph(s). Compare your results with published data you found in your research.
If you have extensive data that is several pages, put it in an appendix at the back of your notebook. If it is very long, and you put it in another binder, write a summary statement along with the data.
- Conclusion - summarize your results. Only include what was stated earlier in the paper.
- Ideas for Future Research - Some schools want you would do differently if you repeated the experiment or possible ways in which the project could be expanded in the future.
- Acknowledgements - brief statement stating the names of people who helped you and thanking them for their contribution to you success.
- Bibliography - Books, magazines, journal, articles, interviews that you used to do your research. Ask each person's permission that you interviewed to print their name, title, work address and work phone