How to Start

Project Requirement

Scientific Method

Intent Form

Forms & Deadlines

State & National




The project should include:

1. Display board

2. Exhibit materials, such as models

3. Abstract (one-page summery)

4. Project Report

5. Research Paper with bibliography

6. Oral presentation (3 to 5 minutes)

7. Log book

Log Book 

Guidelines for project logbook:

· Includes everything! Brainstorming, calculations, notes, interviews, and phone calls you make, library/internet searches, ideas, meetings, with mentor or teacher.

· Should be detailed, but does not have to be super neat

· The logbook is proof and evidence of your work for judges. It does not have to be neat, but should be understandable.

· Loose leaf paper is not acceptable

· Label your logbook with your name, phone number, E-mail address, address, number all the pages on top

· Sections of the log book may include:

· Title page (required)

· Table of contents  (required)

· Deadlines

· Research

· Contact information

· Materials  (required)

· Hypothesis  (required)

· Problems/errors

· Interviews

· Procedure/experimental design

· Data (required)

· Results (required)

· Conclusions (required)

· Use blue or black pen

· Never tear a page from your logbook cross the page out

· Don't use “liquid paper” or “white out” if you need to change something draw a single line trough errors

· If you need to use any loose papers ( photos, printout, etc.) date it and paste it into the book

Put a date for every entry  when you start a new page enter the date

· Identify possible experimental errors

Final report should include:

1. Title page (Project title center of the page your name, school, and grade at the bottom of the page)

2. Table of contents

3. Abstract (short version of your project report)

4. Introduction

5. Question/problem

6. Hypothesis, purpose or problem

7. Materials

8. Procedure/experimental design

9. Data analysis (results, graphs, tables, etc.)

10. Conclusion/results

11. Bibliography

12. Acknowledgements

Oral Presentation:

· This is for when the judges ask you about your project

· Introduce yourself

· Give the title of your project

· Explain why you choose this project

· Explain the purpose of your project, and how you developed your hypothesis

· Explain your variables and outline the procedure you followed

· Show your results, and summarize the data you collected

· Explain your conclusions, that you got after analyzing your data and results

· Tell the judges the important points of your project and how/what you would improve your project in the future

· Ask the judges if they have any questions or concerns about your project

· Thank the judges

· Prepare a written version of your oral presentation

· Use note cards for reference

· Group project, each person in the group should be responsible for presenting a certain aspect of the project

· Stand up straight

· Practice oral presentation on a tape recorder or to a small group

· Make and keep eye contact with the judges

·  Head up, smile and be polite

· Show enthusiasm

· If a judge asks you a question that you are unable to answer, explain that you aren't sure, don't make stuff up

Displaying your project:

· Purchasing a display board

· It must stand up by itself (foam board or plywood) Get the judges attention and interest by making it attractive, neat, colorful, organized and professional

· Check spelling, grammatical, punctuation

· Label graphs and put captions on pictures and diagrams

· Include a one page summery (Abstracts)

· Include Logbook

· Project Report

· Research paper

· Print labels for your display items

· Keep text size large (at least 12 point)

· Focal point lets people know “where to start looking”

· Includes safety procedures (if any)

· Make things visual, include pictures, charts, and graphs

· Keep the display simple, such as the steps of the  scientific method

· Create handouts summarizing your projects for judges

· Keep the display simple

· The title tells everything about your project darker color for the title and subtitles

Display board

Safety and Ethical issues

You must get your project approved before starting if your experiment involves:

· Working with humans

· Working with animals

· Working with dangerous things such as bacteria and chemicals




For additional information, please contact                  

The Co-Directors

Howard Towne

Tom Cooper

 Lakeview Technology Academy

 (262) 947-8155

  Fax (262) 947-8159