The Science Project
Why Experiment? - The science fair project will help you understand how scientists solve problems. For a scientist investigation
and discovery are the most import part of their job. The only way for a scientist to investigate and discover something is
to experiment and observe the outcomes.
Why Report? - Reporting your findings is the only way to teach others about what you have discovered. Reports can be in many
forms written paper reports, posters, pictures, models, and even show-and-tell at school.
What topics can you use? - You can use almost any topic as long as it is a natural phenomenon and can be safely investigated.
Basically if you can ask a question about something you should be able to investigate it. When picking a topic pick something that
interests you. You will use the scientific method to investigate your topic.
The Scientific Method
Simplified 5 Step version
- Problem/Purpose - What is the scientific question you are trying to answer?
- Hypothesis - Make an educated prediction regarding the outcome of your experiment.
- Procedure/Research - Explain how you will conduct your experiment to test your hypothesis, what materials you will use as well as any information
you gathered from the library, teachers, or other resources.
- Experiment/Analysis - Conduct your experiment and explain any findings or observations you make.
- Conclusion - This is the answer to your problem/purpose and proof or disproof of your hypothesis.
The full scientific method explained in more detail may be found at ISEF site located here.
Local Judging Rubric
- Creative Ability: thought, study, planning, originality 30 pts.
- Scientific Thought: purpose, accurate & valid experiments, scientific method 30 pts.
- Skill: craftsmanship, accuracy, verifiable facts, research component 15 pts.
- Clarity: neat, attractive, understandable, logical sequence, organization 15 pts.