OSS Middle High Science Fair Weekly
Each week the OSS Science Department will provide a weekly update for the 2019-2020 Science Fair and all things Science. If you missed any of our previous week's information, you can find it here.
Week 12: Experiments continue
Continue researching, experimenting and gathering data. Complete as many trials as possible. In one replication you will have many trials, repetitions, and attempts. Try to aim for 30! (Surveys will have 50+ and computer program-based ones will have 100+). One replication should be completed before Thanksgiving break, another during/after Thanksgiving break. Remember to research any questions you might have relating to your experiment. The more knowledgeable you have about your project the better. YOU ARE THE EXPERT on your topic!
At this time all students should have submitted research plans with all the needed forms. Most students have received approval from their teacher to experiment. If you have not received approval, please resubmit your research plan for final approval.
Data notebook reminders. As you collect information in your data notebook/logbook please remember to data and number each page. Remember to always use pen. Never pencil. Do not erase. Do not remove pages. Mistakes should be crossed out with a simple X. The research journal is a diary. It starts with a detailed table of contents. It will have the many parts to the research plan with the page numbered at the bottom. After the plan has been written the daily logs can be placed inside. The research journal logbook will have previous ideas, sketches, contact logs, data, and even pictures of the project progression.
Do you have questions? What were some of the errors? What was off from the goal you are trying to achieve? What was something unexpected, that didn’t go as planned? Take note of all of these and do more research. Gather more sources (add them to your bibliography and binder) to figure out a solution. Then modify your experiment method. Write down the changes in your journal. Then try them out in the next replication.
Remember to use the correct graph when preparing to present your data. The following link is a great resource: www.bozemanscience.com/beginners-guide-to-graphing-data. Begin to think about specific details of your project and how you might present them on your board.
week 7: experiments continue
Week 6: Forms completed
Week 5: Paperwork Collection
WEEK 4: Science Fair Forms and Starting Your Experiment
Hello future scientists!
This week in Science Fair HQ, we will talk about forms to fill out in order to advance to the county and state-level Science Fair to represent our school.
First, let's start with a recap from last week. During the past week, you have developed a comprehensive plan (Research Plan) to strategize how you will be conducting your scientific investigation. Now, your Science teacher, or anyone else, is able to follow your plan, oversee the possible outcome or pitfalls and give you feedback. Based on the feedback you get from your teacher; you will be able to revise your research plan before you actually execute it to maximize the success of your scientific journey!
Next week, you will be submitting several forms to your teachers. These forms have been uploaded to your science classes with some pre-filled sections. Make sure to use the digital forms provided by your teachers. Turn in the signed copies to your teachers and keep a copy for yourselves. There are some useful videos on https://www.yingexpo.com/student-forms on how to fill these forms correctly.
These forms are a very important part of progressing to school, county and state level Science Fairs. There are also special projects that require pre-approval by the county before you collect any data. These projects are any project that involves the following would require additional paperwork.
- Humans (surveys, behavioral studies, etc.)
- Vertebrate animals
- Potentially hazardous biological agents (such as bacteria)
- Hazardous chemicals, activities & devices
Please make sure whether your project requires pre-approval or not before starting your data collection! If you have already received confirmation from your teacher to start your experiment, you should start your experimentation. As always, communicate with your science teacher if you need any help or clarification on the forms or other parts of your project. We are here to support you in creating a scien-terrific project that you will be proud of!
Best of luck Orcas!
Science Fair Coordinator, Lynx Campus