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Science Fair:
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The RFK Middle School Science Department will be hosting a science fair this year. The fair will take place in the spring towards the end of the school year. Students from each grade will be eligible and encouraged to participate in the science fair. We are looking at having judges from local universities, such as Queens College, to evaluate the projects.

This section of the website is devoted towards providing valuable information for creating a high quality science fair project. Other parts of the website also provide helpful ideas for projects; information will also be available throughout the school year in science classes.

Be sure to check back often to this component of the website since there will be periodic updates as more information becomes available.
Laboratory Report Information:
Science Fair reports and displays are based upon the scientific method and the format for preparing laboratory reports. Therefore, fully understanding the logic which forms the foundation of the scientific method, as well as the structure of a well-constructed lab report, is an important part of the entire science fair experience. The following outlines should prove useful for students who are engaged in the process of planning, conducting experiments, and creating reports/displays for a science fair. The following information is also provided to students in science class, but it is being offered here for easy reference:

Steps of the Scientific Method:

1. Observation: Observe a Problem and ask Questions.

2. Hypothesis: Formulate a Tentative Answer to the Problem/Questions.

3. Experiment: Conduct an Experiment and/or Investigation to test the Hypothesis.

4. Analysis: Analyze Results/Data in order to develop a Conclusion.

5. Communication: Communicate Conclusion with a Laboratory Report.

Please bear in mind that the exact terminology being used pertaining to the Scientific Method varies slightly from teacher to teacher and from textbook to textbook, but the general idea remains the same throughout the entire science community.

Parts of a Laboratory Report (Minor Report):

1. Introduction: Problem, Question(s), Variables, Hypothesis, and Predictions.

2. Procedure and Materials.

3. Data/Results

4. Analysis/Discussion

5. Conclusion

The following outlines are appropriate for larger assignments, such as the EXIT PROJECT that is required of all Robert F. Kennedy science students. The EXIT PROJECT can also be entered into the Science Fair; therefore, the following information serves as a very important resource for students:

The following is the outline for the Report:

1. Title

2. Abstract

3. Table of Contents

4. Introduction: Problem/Questions

5. Hypothesis and Prediction

6. Research

7. Procedure

8. Materials

9. Data
(graphs, charts, tables, etc.)

10. Results Described/Detailed

11. Discussion

12. Conclusion

13. Implications

14. Acknowledgements

15. Works Cited

The following is the outline for the Display:

1. Title

2. Abstract

3. Purpose

4. Hypothesis

5. Prediction

6. Research

7. Procedure

8. Materials

9. Data
(graphs, charts, tables, etc.)

10. Results

11. Discussion

12. Conclusion

13. Implications

14. Acknowledgements

15. Works Cited

SCIENCE FAIR DISPLAY:
The following picture shows one way to organize a Science Fair trifold display board:
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Tri Fold Display Boards:
Here is a good source for inexpensive display boards:
http://www.staples.com/Staples-White-Corrugated-Display-Board/product_302919
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