As you know, science projects are due either December 2 for A day or December 3 for B day. On the day your project is due you will turn in one copy of your abstract.
On the day that you are scheduled to present, you will bring your SCIENCE PROJECT LOG/JOURNAL, your DISPLAY BOARD, and a practiced presentation.
ABSTRACTS should be prepared by referring to www.nefrsef.org. Click on STUDENTS at the top of the page. You will see:
- Select #6: ABSTRACT. Read the Abstract Completion Instructions (FSSEF) and follow them for what to include in your abstract:
“An abstract should include one or two VERY BRIEF sentences about each of the following:
- Background behind the experiment – from your research, what do people already know about your topic?
- Purpose of experiment – what was it about your research that lead you to ask this particular question?
- Procedures – a very basic explanation of what you actually did.
- Data – what was your most important or interesting result?
- Discussion / Conclusions based on your data.
- Any possible research application – how does your information apply to the real world?”(Taken from http://www.nefrsef.org)
If you choose the Sample Abstract forms at the bottom of the page you can delete and type your own info. Once you have completed your abstract form you should print 2 copies. One will be turned in on the day the project is due and one will be placed on your board in the lower left hand corner as you hold it.
Results and conclusions are two different sections. For your results you analyze your data. Some descriptive statistics that you should use are the mean, median, mode, and range of your data. Graph your analyzed data. Look for trends. Really look at your data and determine if it is meaningful or not. Do you see more than a 5% difference in your means? Is it more or less? The greater the differences between your groups, the more meaningful your results are. What do the results indicate? What may have affected your results positively or negatively?
The CONCLUSION is developed from the results. Use the correct terminology: The results support the hypothesis or The results do not support the hypothesis. Do not for any reason claim that your hypothesis was right or true. Don’t claim your hypothesis was wrong or not correct. It can’t be. It is either supported by results or it is not supported by the results. Remember, you are not PROVING anything. However, you may include how the conclusion may help you go deeper into your question if you continue this experiment. You will find more info at www.nefrsef.org, but be careful of not totally correct wording (they use prove and disproved).
- DISPLAY BOARD
To review how a display board is organized go back to the student section on http://www.nefrsef.org.
Look at # 7 and click on backboard. That will take you to the complete page on display boards. Remember, your title and abstract have assigned places!
When you prepare your oral presentation remember that you are talking to your classmates (and me!). You will have 5 minutes for both your presentation and to answer any questions your classmates may have. Here are the questions you should include in your presentation.
- What was your problem?
- What was your question?
- What did you do?
- Why did you do it?
- What are your results?
- What is your conclusion?
- How can you use the conclusion to ask a further question?
Is there a rubric for all of this? We are working to finalize one for the abstract, the board, the SPL/J and the presentation. They should be published early next week.