Putting your project together

Here are some pointers that will help you carry out your project in a well thought-out and systematic manner:

Research your topic

Read books from the library; observe related events; gather existing information; look for unexplained or unexpected results. Talk to professionals; write to companies; and obtain or construct needed equipment.

Organize and theorize

Organize your research. Narrow down your hypothesis by focusing on a particular idea.

Make a timetable

Choose a topic that can be done in the amount of time you have. Identify important dates. Allow plenty of time to experiment and collect data. Leave time to write a paper and put together an exhibit.

Plan your experiment, study, or innovation

Write a research plan to explain how you will do your experiment.

Consult your teacher or supervisor

Discuss your work with an adult supervisor on an ongoing basis.

Conduct your experiment, study or innovation

Keep detailed notes of every experiment, measurement, and observation. Change only one variable at a time when experimenting. Include control experiments in which none of the variables are changed. Include sufficient numbers of test subjects in both control and experimental groups.

Examine your results

When you complete your experiments, examine and organize your findings. Did your experiment give you the expected results? Was your experiment performed with the exact same steps each time? Are there other causes that you had not considered or observed? Were there errors in your observations? If possible, analyze your data statistically.

Draw conclusions

Which variables are important? Did you collect enough data? Do you need to conduct more experimentation?

Display your project

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