How to do Research for High School Science Fair Projects
Elementary and Middle School students
will also benefit from these strategies.
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in school activites, meeting family responsibilities, and having time for your social life as well as play time... and
you may even have a part-time job! Just writing all of this makes me want to take a breath!
Juggling all these acitivities in your head is impossible, and can become stressful if you are not well organized on
paper. And now you are going to add to your busy schedule... interviews. It is imperative that you remember to keep these
appointments and be on time. So... I highly recommend the you purchase a Daytimer, one that is designed for the busy student, especially if you
are you are doing high school science fair projects!
True story: I taught my son to use a daytimer in high school.
When he was in law school and took out his
daytimer towards the end of a job interview, the interviewer asked, "How long have you been using a daytimer?"
After a discussion about each of their
use of a daytimer, the interviewer said to my son, "You're hired. Anyone who keeps a daytimer is someone I can count on!"
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THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD
CLUE No. 4, Part A-
Phase 1-A of the Scientific Method
Ask an Expert
The solution to this clue can be uncovered in 8-18 hours.
Chunk it down into small segments.
Letter "J" on timeline.
2. Interview experts in the field for your Elementary, Middle, or High School Science Fair Project:
doctors, lawyers, veterinarians, researchers, science teacher, friends' parents,
authors of the articles you read. Local research firms will have experts who may also help you. You can do this
in person or over the Internet.
Make an appointment with an expert and agree to the amount of time you can stay.
A good rule is to not stay longer than 20 minutes.
Ask permission to record the interview. Wear a watch. Be on time and leave on time.
Sincerely thank the person for his / her time and information.
· When you get home, listen to the recording. Write in your Write in your
Science Projects Log the person's name, company, position, expertise, date of interview. Hand write a thank you note and mail it the next day.
Write a letter of inquiry:
I am a student at Jones School and am doing my science fair
project on natural organic fertilizer's effect on the growth of cucumber plants. I would appreciate you sending me any information that you would have as soon as possible.
Print your first and last name, address - street, city, state, country, zip code; school grade.
Sometimes it helps to enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. If you can contact the person via email, you may receive the information sooner and it is much less expensive than mail.
Read about other experiments.
elementary, middle or high school science fair projects. Experiments are listed at
the bottom of every page of this web site!
Talk to other students who have completed elementary, middle or high school science fair projects.
When you have completed this section of your elementary,
middle or high school science fair projects, pat yourself on the back for a job well done.
Your buddy and sidekick, Detective ThinkMore, is now officially off duty until the next phase of
middle or high school science fair projects.
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can easily find your next
clue ... after you've complete your super-science-fair-projects interviews.
Have fun! See you then...
CLUE No. 4, Part B|
High School Science Fair Projects
THE BIG QUESTION - Phase 2 of the Scientific Method
Write Your Scientific Question - Prediction
This phase will take between 15 minutes to 1/2 hour.
Line "I" on your timeline.
Now you will turn your science project ideas topic into one question that you would like to investigate and learn about. It is the scientific question you are going to solve.
What are you curious about? Make your question very specific. A good question answers the question, "Can I improve results by doing this?"
Example:What is the effect of ____ on ______? How does the _____ affect ______?
Will flower seeds germinate faster that are fed fertilizer than those that are not fed fertilizer?
There is no right answer to the Big Question. The purpose of the science fair project ideas is to ask questions and perform experiments in an attempt to find answers.
HERE'S AN IMPORTANT TIP:This is your opportunity to think outside the box. A quality that impresses scientists and engineers is a willingness
to take risks and go where no one has gone before. You can have the neatest display board and notebook, but if you choose a project
that you can do with a minimum amount of work, you probably won't get a high score on middle school or high school
science fair projects.
BUT, if you have an imaginative curiosity along with a passion for discovery and dedication to follow the scientific method,
the judges may like your project even if you do not prove your hypothesis.
High School Science Fair Projects
40 Honor Division Winning Science Fair Projects
Project titles are listed to stimulate ideas for your science fair project.
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Outstanding pictures of daily happenings in space.
You can easily use these for elementary, middle, or high school science fair projects.
Over 400 Projects that can be used for the science fair.
Teachers and students - browse and download or just read. In all the categories you can try many different projects: animals, astronomy, atoms ecology, gases, liquids, meteorology, microorganisms, oceanography, plants and solids.
The Canadian Mathematical Society
If you are a math enthusiast, this is the place for you!
100 Award-Winning Science Fair Projects
Students will find elementary, middle and high school science fair projects on physics, chemistry, biology, earth science,
mechanics, astronomy, and more here. The author prefaces his text with a description
of the scientific method. For each experiment a list of materials needed,
step-by-step instructions, and a summary and scientific
explanation of the typical result is provided.
The American Scientist
Filled with feature articles written by prominent scientists and engineers, reviewing important work in fields that range from molecular biology to computer engineering.
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Did you achieve your 3 outcomes on this page?
1. Email, write or / and personally interview experts.
Write and mail each person a thank you note?
2. Record in your log what you learned from the interview?
3. Write your big question and put it in your log?
If you didn't, stay on this page until you do.
Hey, if you did, that brings you to the end of this page. Phew! And to think I knew you when you didn't even have a clue as to what your project was going to be about!
OK, let's call it a day. Job well done! Go outside and do something that is fun...
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