STEM Fair Student Project Timeline 2016-17
Step 1: (Thursday, January 12th, 2017) Purpose/Question due: What do you want to find out? Choose a question/problem that interests you or a project/problem from the classroom list. This should be in the form of a question. The answer to the question will be found by doing the experiment. Complete the Summary and Approval Form and return it to your teacher by the due date he or she has given you. When your question is approved, record it in a logbook.
Steps 2 – 9 should be recorded in a logbook as you complete them.
Step 2: (Friday, January 27th, 2017) Manipulated (independent) variable and the Responding (dependent) variable due. Use the variables to help you narrow your research topic.
Step 3: (Friday, February 10th, 2017) Conduct research on the subject you have chosen. It should include a list of books and authors or Web sites and URLs you have read to find the information. The research must be done before you do your experiment. This will help you to form your claim (hypothesis).
Step 4: (Friday, February 24th, 2017) CLAIM (HYPOTHESIS) due: What do you think will happen in your experiment? This is a prediction of the outcome based on what you learned in the research report.
Step 5: (Monday, February 27th, 2017) Conduct the experiment. Remember to do five or more trials. Record your results in the form of a chart. Keep good records. It is a good idea to record your progress using photographs.
Step 6: (Friday, March 10th, 2017) MATERIALS and PROCEDURES due: What do you need to complete the experiment? This should be in the form of a list. What will you do, step-by-step, to complete the experiment? As you develop your list of steps to take, write them down first on a separate piece of paper. Number them in the order you will complete them. Then, write them in final form.
Step 7: (Friday, March 17th, 2017) EVIDENCE/RESULTS due: What happened? Display your data in the form of a chart or graph. Write an explanation of your chart or graph interpreting the data. Include inferences made from the data.
Step 8: (Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017) REASONING (CONCLUSION):
What did you learn? The Reasoning paragraph should begin by stating whether or not your claim (hypothesis) was supported or not supported. The Reasoning must be supported by evidence (details and/or data) from the investigation. The Reasoning paragraph should conclude with an idea for further investigation (i.e. If you could do another experiment to learn more about this subject, what would you like to do?).
Step 9: (Thursday, March 30th, 2017) Final Projects with BACKBOARDS DUE IN SCHOOL. Everything you have done in steps 2 – 8 will appear on the backboard. The backboard should be neat and colorful, with a catchy title. Remember, you may not bring anything to the STEM fair except the backboard, your logbook, and your report. Be sure your name is clearly marked on the back of the backboard and the front of your logbook.