Science Fair Information

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Los Angeles County Science and Engineering Fair

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Step 1: Create a testable question

  • Refer to your 64-Bracket for ideas that YOU are interested in exploring.
  • Be sure that your question is in the "How does ______ affect ____?"
  • Identify the input and output variables.
  • Verify that your variables have quantitative units that you can make observations and record the data.

Step 2: On-going Research

  • Log all of your research in your Project Notebook.
  • Include the date and cite the source of your research.
  • Write a summary of your reading for each source.
  • Create a key word list before and during your research as this will help guide your search for information.
  • Use your research to write your research report.


Step 3: Experiment Design

  • Create a scientific model in your Project Notebook of your experiment Design.
  • Include details of the experiment design, such as measurements, labels
  • Explain the process of the experiment.

Step 4: Keywords

  • Start a list of terms, words, phrases that are related to your project. 
  • You will add to this list as you progress through your research and investigation.
  • These words will help steer your research and make you an expert on your topic.


Step 5: Write your methods

  • Write the steps of your investigation in your project notebook
  • Include as many details as possible; remember your project needs to be reproduced by another scientist
  • Ask a classmate, teacher, or adult to read the steps of your investigation and ask for feedback
  • Remember to have your steps in front of you as you conduct the investigation

Step 6: Gather your materials

  • Be sure to have adult supervision prior to working on your project
  • Have a clean and clear work space
  • Gather your materials' be sure to have everything you need prior to starting, including safety gear!
  • Have a data table ready to record the results of your testing
  • Remember to include qualitative observations

Step 7: Conduct your testing

  • Have an assistant available, if necessary
  • Conduct your experiment
  • Record the results, even if they are not the results you expected
  • When you are finished testing, write your lab report

Step 8: Lab Report

  • Write the lab report
  • Include the inquiry question, your hypothesis, the materials and methods, the data, the observations, the analysis, the conclusion, and your next steps

Step 9: Presenting your project

You will present your project in two ways:

  • The tri-fold board
    • Print all of your information in a presentation size font
    • Include photos, charts, graphs
    • Arrange the components to be visually pleasing
  • Your oral presentation
    • prepare and practice your presentation