Abstracts for 8th Graders
BOOKS IN OUR LIBRARY:
Search DESTINY for science experiment books, just ask a Librarian if you need help in finding the books on the shelves! Also search for books by topic for background research.
See your librarian if you need the user name and password for home use for these databases!
Displaying Your Project
Display Tips Creating your board, the do's and don'ts
How to Create a Winning Display Board Tips for your board and your oral presentation.
Create a Graph
If you don’t have access to a spreadsheet program, don’t worry! At this site, you can enter your data, choose a graph type, and print it out.
Handling Data - Representing Data
Learn how to show data with charts and graphs. (From the Children's BBC Bitesize page for KS3.)
Interactivate: Pie Chart
Get practice at creating and changing a pie chart and other charts. (From the Computational Science Education Reference Desk (CSERD), a Pathways project of the National Science Digital Library (NSDL).)
What are the steps in the scientific method? The scientific method has six steps:
- Step 1: State a problem or ask a question.
- Step 2: Gather background information.
- Step 3: Form a hypothesis.
- Step 4: Design and perform an experiment.
- Step 5: Draw a conclusion.
- Step 6: Report the results.
Science Fair Projects
Finding an idea for your project can be the hardest part, but the following sites are great places to start to look for topic ideas! If you need help deciding what type of project you want to do, look at these websites first. They’ll show you ways to think about the topics that interest you.
Find hundreds of projects under Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Sciences, and Engineering. Browse through the projects, or use the search engine to find a specific topic and complete instructions.
Science experiments relating to batteries and battery chemistry.
Science fair topics organized by branches of science.
Bug Info: Science Fair Project Suggestions
DragonflyTV's Science Fair Page
Education.com - Science Fair Project Ideas
Exploratorium: The Science Explorer
FactMonster: Science Fair Projects :Find out about the scientific method, where it came from, and why you need to use it!
Fun Science Gallery: Experiments in Electrochemistry
MadSci Network Experiments
Neuroscience for Kids: Experiments and Activities
Parenting Teens: Project Ideas for Science Fairs
Science Buddies Science Fair Project Ideas
Science Fair Central: Project Ideas
A collection of hundreds of free illustrated Science Fair Projects ideas and Science Project Experiments. All the projects are Illustrated with high-quality diagrams and easy to follow instructions.
USGS Science Fair Ideas
Before you get started, you probably need to know more about what a science fair or project is all about. Of course, your teacher can tell you more about the science fair at NHPM, but the sites on this page can explain what science fairs are all about.
Discovery Channel School: Science Fair Central
"A science project is like a mystery in which you are the detective searching for answers." Janice VanCleave helps you turn from science gumshoe to super sleuth and explains each step, from research to presentation.
Experimental Science Projects: An Introductory Level Guide
Not sure how to plan your project? Peter Macinnis covers every step. Also, scroll to the bottom and find a long list of topic ideas.
Science Fair Primer
Learn here how to do many important steps in your project, from developing a purpose and designing an experiment, to analyzing your data and writing a research report.
Science Project Guidelines
Having judged science fairs for many years, Kennedy Space Center scientist Elizabeth Stryjewski knows the common mistakes students make in their science investigations.
If you’ve never done a science fair project before, DON’T PANIC! The IPL’s Science Fair Project Resource Guide will help you through the whole project by guiding you to a variety of excellent web resources.
A Student’s Guide
Carefully explains how to do a science project and why they are important.
Basic Rules for a Successful Science Fair Project
1. Time management
2. Become familiar with the guidelines and requirements from the very beginning
3. Pick a subject that is very interesting to you.
4. Think about a testable question rather than a demonstration.
5. Under the purpose or background section, include information that you already know about your subject and tell the readers why you chose the project. This is where much of your research will be used.
6. In the question section, think like a scientist! They are interested in what they are studying and are curious to know the answers to questions they are researching. Keep your question simple!
7. As soon as you come up with a testable question, you will have a hypothesis (prediction) about what the results will be from your testing. Write it down immediately but be prepared to tweak it as you conduct your research and experiment.
8. Make sure you have all the materials you will need before you start. Keep good notes each step of the way so that you can use that when recording your method.
9. Results or data: Include as many visuals as possible -- charts, graphs, photos, etc. But don't give your final thoughts on your question just yet. Save that for the next part -- THE CONCLUSION!
10. Now you finally have the opportunity to tell your readers what you found out from the experiment or how you interpret your data. Focus on what you learned about your original question and hypothesis.