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    You will be required to conduct an approved independent experimental investigation. This is a controlled experiment. After your experiment is concluded and your final report submitted, you will be required to present your results. This presentation will be made using a three panel display board. PowerPoint presentations must have prior approval. Your work should reflect a culmination of previous years of learning in the sciences. Below is the general format you must follow. Please familiarize yourself with the requirements and below resources to help in your topic search. Refer to classroom hand-outs and notes for further guidelines. A Printable timeline concerning the submission of each component is also listed below.







    All reports must have a cover page, introduction and a bibliography page to appear at the end of the report. The cover page must have a creative and appropriate title, and below the title should appear your name. In the lower right hand corner of the page should be the Teachers name, your class and the date. The body of the report will have the following areas addressed:

    PROBLEM:
    Your problem should clearly state what you are trying to solve. This is often written as a question.

    HYPOTHESIS:
    In this section you will write what you expect will happen and why you expect it will happen. What you expect to happen must be based on previous knowledge and/or experiences and not on the results of your independent experimental investigation.

    MATERIALS:
    In this section you will number every item used in your experiment. You must include the exact amounts of each item (e.g. amount of soil, solutions, equipment, etc.)used. Record items like mass and liquid measures using only metric units. Never use the first person in writing out your specific materials. Simply state where appropriate, how many of a particular item was used, the item, its quantity and capacity.

    PROCEDURE:
    In this section you will number each ordered step you took to test your hypothesis. Do not use the first person in writing out your step by step instructions.

    DATA:
    In this section you will use an appropriate line graph, bar graph, pie graph, and/or table to show all measurements collected. If a legend is needed include one. No narrative explanations are to be written in this section.

    CONCLUSION:
    In this section you will compare the the actual numerical data collected, and state whether or not it supports your hypothesis. In this section you will also write about what you learned and what improvements you would make if you were to repeat this experiment.

 Save your written report to disk and hard drive.


To view an example of a lab report that may be useful in helping with your Exit Project and lab reports click on the following link
Sample Lab Report


 PowerPoint template is on the Downloads page.

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      With the exception of the title, your presentation board will have all headers or titles as they appear above. Your full name, class and date will appear in the right hand corner of your display board as shown on the sample display board above.



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   Below are sites that are provided as a resource to help you explore possible topics. If you take the experimental projects, provided as examples at those websites, and use them, in part or whole, as your own that is considered plagiarism. Don't do it.

Experimental Science Projects

This site is related to your research Project and will provide additional guidance in developing a sound investigation.

Science Fair Central

This site provides alot of what you need to get started on your science fair project including tips and ideas on how to get started.

National Student Research Center

This site will help you find articles related to your investigations that will help to improve understanding of your topic and help with your written work.

Internet Public Library

Guide KidSpace at the Internet Public Library provides links to many sites that can help you with science fair ideas. Click on "Choosing a topic" to get a list of links to help you find a science fair idea.

USGS - Science Fair Ideas

For students interested in doing a science fair project based on earthquakes, the USGS provides a list of project ideas. Click any of the specific projects to learn more about it.

Agricultural Ideas for Projects


The USDA has put together some science fair ideas that deal with agriculture. Scroll down the page for ideas in chemistry, botany, environmental sciences, and more.



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