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Calling all future scientists! The DoSeum is hosting our Inaugural Science Fair February 9 – 10, 2019. We are looking for the best and brightest young scientists in San Antonio from grades 1 – 6. Have you discovered which clear liquid has more or less viscosity than other liquids, what surface is better for a toy car to travel across, or the ideal growing conditions for plants? Enter a project yourself or with a group of 5 or less. We want to see what you have discovered, observed, and studied!
What is the difference between a series and parallel circuit?
When does a plant grow the most, during the day or night?
Where is the focal point of a lens?
How does a java applet work?
Does a truss make a bridge stronger?
Why are moths attracted to light?
Helpful Resources: (The DoSeum does not endorse or promote any website; this list is simply a source of information to aid students in research and brainstorming.) Use good judgement in deciding and implementing a project. Parental supervision is required and recommended with all components of the science fair project.
This statement will explain why the scientific investigation is being addressed. With a well written purpose leading the scientific investigation, it will be easy to decide on a title for the science fair project. The purpose can start with: what is…, why does..., how will..., where would...
The hypothesis states what might happen based on the general understanding of the content or topic. Predicting what might happen in a scientific investigation based on earlier knowledge is like a scientist’s behavior in the early stages of his/her work. Here is an example of a purpose: Where would the best place be to grow plants? Hypothesis: Growing plants in the kitchen bay window would be a better place then the kitchen pantry due to the amount of sunlight available in each location.
All the supplies, equipment, and items used in the scientific investigation should be listed in clear wording with specific details. Be specific with how much, what kind, and how many! Metric units should be used to specify quantities.
VARIABLE, CONSTANTS, AND THE CONTROL
Directions should be arranged in steps and clear so that another young scientist can replicate the scientific investigation.
Conclusion – the interpretation of data and information collected as related to the question of the scientific investigation.
Data – measurements, results from observations, and other information gathered or recorded during the scientific steps of the investigation.
Hypothesis – a prediction based on some degree of prior knowledge that is directly aligned to the scientific investigation. A hypothesis turning out to be inaccurate is not a bad thing but provides useful information in the course of the scientific investigation.
Log (journal) – a dairy or notebook of the progress of the scientific investigation. Entries into the log (journal) should be dated and include research notes, recorded measurements, observations, test results, and other information related to the scientific investigation.
Materials – equipment, supplies, and all other items used during the scientific investigation. Typically, a list is provided with exact amounts, sizes, and quantities. Basically, any and everything used to carry out the scientific investigation.
Testable question – a question that can be answered from the scientific investigation which lead the focus of learning. For example, the time a pendulum takes to swing back and forth is depended upon the length of the cord. The testable question is “what causes the amount of time it takes for a pendulum to swing?”
Scientific Investigation – a manageable set of steps that includes gathering data, measurements, and/or information to address a testable question using specific materials and provides an answer to a scientific idea such as how one thing affects another.
Scientific Steps – precise steps, directions, or procedures provided to observe effects, collect measurements, and note results in the scientific investigation.
Variable – factor that can affect the results of a scientific investigation. What is the one thing changed in the scientific investigation that may affect something? The answer is the variable. What is the thing not changed in the scientific investigation? The answer is the control. As the scientific investigation is designed, details must be given to the variable (thing changed), controls (thing or things not changed), and possible outcomes.