How to Do a Science Fair Project

How to Do a Science Fair Project

How to Do a Science Fair Project

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FAMILY ACTIVITY
How to Do a Science Fair Project
“How to Do a Science Fair Project: Overview” – download video (mov)
Overview
In this video series, a JPL scientist, engineer and educator team up to help students learn how to observe the world around them and ask questions about the things they observe. Students will learn how to take those observations and turn them into a successful science fair project.
Materials

Management
Watch the “How to Do a Science Fair Project” video series at the top of the page for instructions on creating a successful science fair project.
Procedures
Download the example image used in the video series and ask students to identify objects in the image they could ask a question about. Then, ask students to look around their classroom, house, school or neighborhood and identify more things they could ask a question about.

Help students develop their ideas into testable questions that follow the format, “How does INPUT affect OUTPUT?”

Help students make sure they are only testing one thing. Students often want to change lots of things in an experiment. Make sure they understand they can only change or test one thing and this “thing” is called a variable. Encourage students to think ahead about outside factors that might influence their science experiment or engineering design and do everything they can to eliminate these influences. Only by eliminating other influencing factors can we be sure our variable is the only thing we are testing.

Help students understand that many outside factors can influence a science experiment or engineering design. Lead them through thinking about what could have affected their experiment or design that they did not anticipate at first.

Make sure students carefully review what is required for a display and abide by those guidelines. Here is a good description of the elements of a display.
Extensions

Activity Details
Subjects: SCIENCE, ENGINEERING
Types: FAMILY ACTIVITY, INSTRUCTOR GUIDE, PROJECT, STUDENT GUIDE
Grade Levels: 3 – 12
Primary Topic: THE SCIENTIFIC PROCESS
Additional Topics:
CHEMISTRY
EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE
EARTH PROCESSES
EARTH STRUCTURE
ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM
ENERGY
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
HEAT AND THERMODYNAMICS
LIFE SCIENCES
LIGHT AND OPTICS
MOTION AND FORCES
PHYSICAL SCIENCES
STATES OF MATTER
THE DESIGN PROCESS
THE NATURE OF SCIENCE
Time Required: 30 mins – 1 hr
Next Generation Science Standards (Website)
MS-ETS1-4
MS-ETS1-3
3-5-ETS1-2
HS-ETS1-3
HS-ETS1-2
3-5-ETS1-3
MS-ETS1-2
Keywords: CLIMATE CHANGESCIENCE FAIRENGINEERING FAIRDIY SPACEVIDEOEARTH SCIENCE
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