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Purpose, Question and Hypothesis (requirements)

Write up your purpose for your project. For example…
The purpose of this project is to see which brand of Microwave Popcorn Pops the Most Kernels.

Write up your question for your project. For example…
Which Brand of Microwave Popcorn Pops The Most Kernels?
It should only be testing one thing and should be very brief. Remember to start it with a capital letter and end it with a question mark.

Also, include your hypothesis statement. For example…
Orville Redenbacher microwave popcorn will pop the most kernels.
The hypothesis statement should be one brief statement about what you think (using an educated guess) the outcome of the experiment will be. Do not use any personal pronouns (I, me, you, etc.). Be prepared to explain how you can support your hypothesis.
(Orville Redenbacher was picked because it was the most expensive.)

Materials and Procedures (requirements)

Open up your question and hypothesis- should be saved on your computer. Make a new section call it Materials & Procedures -include a typed list of all the materials that you will need to complete your project. Please include only one item per line. After you have typed the materials that are needed, you need to type the procedures. The procedures are step by step instructions on how you will actually do the project. Remember you will repeat your experiment more than once to get more valid data. Each procedure should be numbered in the order that they will be completed. Each new step begins a new line.

For example:
1. Microwave
2. Buy 3 Packages of Albertsons microwave popcorn
3. Buy 3 Packages of Orville Redenbacher microwave popcorn
4. Buy 3 Packages of Act II Movie microwave popcorn
5. Digital camera
6. Paper & pencil

1. Following the instructions on the microwave popcorn packages each bag of popcorn will be popped.
2. Pour out all the popped kernels and count the popped popcorn for each brand.
3. Record the amount of popped kernels for each brand and repeat the experiment three times.
4. Record the average of popped kernels for each brand and compare results.

Data (results) requirements

Once your materials and procedures have been approved, you may start working on your project. Be sure to take pictures of yourself completing your project for your display board. Once you have completed your project, you can turn in your data

Your data must then be submitted in one of two forms: a chart or a graph. Both the chart and the graph should be computer generated (typed). They also MUST have labels on them. You may choose any type of graph that you feel best represents your data (pie, bar, line, etc.) Ask your parents or older siblings for help.

Conclusion (requirements)

After your data is complete, then you need to finish your project with this last step. As with all previous steps, this must be typed. The conclusion section explains why you think you got the results that you did. You may use personal pronouns in this section. Make sure to touch on these four areas.
1. Include whether the hypothesis was correct or incorrect. How do you know and why?
2. Explain your data. Why do you think you got the results that you did?
3. What were possible sources of error. What things went wrong that might have influenced the data you got?
4. Could you make any improvements. How could you make this a better project and also include what the next experiment would be.

Display Board (requirements)

Your display board needs to be a standard size science fair display board that can be purchased at any craft store, Target, or Walmart. All you have to do at this point is put on all the items on your board. EVERYTHING MUST BE TYPED. Be sure to lay it all out before you actually glue. Make sure your fonts are large and easy to read. You may include things to display on the table in front of your board, but it must fit within that space only. Have fun, be creative and make sure your board is visually appealing, easy to read and attractive.

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