Science Fair Timeline
This list will help you organize your
time for a Science Fair starting near the beginning of February.
12 weeks before the fair (or
Pick Your Topic. Ideas come from hobbies,
interests, or problems needing solutions. Limit your topic to concentrate
your time and resources. Many ideas are available through books and
Study Your Topic. Go to the library, talk to professionals
in the field, write to companies for information, obtain or construct
needed equipment, arrange where you will work (research lab, school,
other) and who will supervise your work, if necessary.
Organize and Theorize. Organize everything you have
learned about your topic. Narrow down your hypothesis by focusing on
a particular idea.
Write out a Research Plan. This plan includes Problem,
Hypothesis, Procedures, and Bibliography. It should explain how you
will do your experiment before you begin and exactly what it will involve.
Obtain Your Forms. Complete necessary forms before
experimentation. Obtain all signatures.
ALL STUDENTS - Consult with your Adult Sponsor. Get
all needed signatures and additional forms you may need.
9 weeks before the fair (or sooner!) December
Begin Experimentation. Keep detailed
notes of every experiment, measurement, and observation in a bound log
book in ink. Remember your control and experimental groups with at least
3-5 test subjects in each.
4 weeks before the fair - January
Examine Your Results. Examine and organize
your findings. Statistically analyze your data and organize your results
into charts and graphs.
Draw Conclusions. Did your experimentation
support your hypothesis? Discuss this, any problems you had, and future
3 weeks before the fair - Mid-January
Write Your Abstract. Your abstract is a summary of
your research using 250 words or less, on Official Abstract Form.(if
Prepare Your Report. Your written report
is a complete discussion of your research including your problem, hypothesis,
materials, procedures, results, graphs, charts, conclusions, acknowledgments,
Prepare Your Display. Attractive, simple, informative.
Follow the Official Regulations for size and display safety limitations.
1 week before the fair - Early
Practice your presentation and make all
finishing touches to your poster board. Get ready for the big day!