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Project Report

 

Science Fair Project Report

You project report is your complete summary of all your written information. Since you donít want your display board to be crammed full or writing, this report is a way to show all of your information to the judges but in a different format. This report is to be at least 2-5 pages in length, double-spaced, typed and in MLA format (you will work on this in English).

Your report will need the following information. Remember you can use a lot of the information from your report and put it on your display board.

1.Title Page

        your name and your teacherís name in the top right hand corner

        title of your project in the Centre of the page in larger print

      Background/Abstract

      This section introduces the topic of the project, notes any information already available, explains why you are interested in the project, and states the purpose of the project.

      If you are going to state references in your report, this is where most of the citations are likely to be, with the actual references listed at the end of the entire report in the form of a bibliography or reference section.

3. Purpose

      The purpose of your investigation should be a concise explanation of the reason for doing your project (i.e. what are you trying to find out and why?).

      It should not be more than three sentences.

    • Hypothesis
    • The hypothesis is a prediction or an educated guess of what the outcome of your project will be (in the attempt to predict the outcome of your investigation).

        The hypothesis must be clearly started and reflect background readings.

5. Materials List

      Make sure to keep an accurate record of what you used, how much you used and what kind of materials you used. BE VERY SPECIFIC.

      Quantities of materials are important.

      Be sure to use only metric measurements.

6. Procedure

      This is a step-by-step explanation of how to carry out your experiment.

      It should read like any easy-to-follow recipe.

      Identify all variables in your experiment (test and control).

7. Observations

      Record your observations in detail.

      Always state the date and time that each observation was made,

      Write quantitative observations using proper units of measurement (e.g. m, kg, s, etc.).

      Describe the qualitative observations by using your senses.

      Arrange and record your results into graphs, charts, tables and/or diagrams.

      Ensure titles, axes, legends, etc. are all included.

      Make sure that all graphs, charts, tables or diagrams are labelled and follow criteria.

Quantitative( things you can measure) Observations

Example s of quantitative measurements:

Length width

Mass height

Time diameter

Temperature

Qualitative (what you can describe)) Observations

Examples of qualitative observations:

Sight

Smell

Taste (if possible)

8. Conclusions

      This is done in paragraph form

      You will need to write about:

          o How do you explain your results?

          o Why did they happen?

          o What were some sources of error?

          o What relationships or correlations do you see?

          o If you were to continue with this project, what might be the next step?

          o How would this apply to real life?

          o What might this explain?

          o Would different variables change your results? How? For the better? Would a change degrade the results? Improve them? Compromise?

          o IMPORTANT: ANSWER YOUR HYPOTHESIS

9. Bibliography

      Use a variety of resources to research your topic.

      Make sure to include a list of all resources that were used in your project.

      Follow bibliography criteria very carefully.

      MLA Format