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WHY DO YOU DO A SCIENCE PROJECT?

  • Ms. Knight is going to be so proud of you!! You will be proud of yourself!!a_wiki_of_Amanda.JPG

  • Look at the NCSCOS, . East Lee students need to compete against students across the state who are learning the scientific method. This is a requirement in NC. You deserve to have the best paying jobs in our area. Prepare now! You will see select companies in our area with lower paying jobs of $20/hour. That is $800 per week. These companies want the best workers for their money. You are capable of being that worker! I want you to get the best jobs to provide a good standard of living for your families.

  • Companies locating to our area want you to be scientifically literate even if you do not go into science fields as a career. You may work at Wyeth in shipping or payroll, but you still need to know about science. Thinking logically gives you an advantage; science work develops that mindset.

  • What you do here will help you in high school with your projects.
  • You will learn to chose a topic more wisely...this is the hardest part of the project. Choose a topic that interests you. This can be a fun project.
  • You will develop a scientific mind set to think logically.
  • Scientific mindsets develop your mathematical thinking skills; you can't do science without math. Think of the measurements and graphs and calculations you need in an experiment. Now think about how abstract math starts to get in the 8th grade. You are using variables and graphing equations. In science, you collect the data that makes those graphs. The abstract variable has new meaning for you.
  • You will develop research skills.
  • You will learn to solve those technology problems that always arise when you use computers and the internet.
  • You use the computer competency skills that are tested for high school graduation. You can see the reason that this knowledge is a requirement for graduation.
  • You will mature and learn to manage your time.
  • Your project requires language art skills for writing and researching.
  • You will begin to appreciate how science impacts social studies.
  • You will feel very good about yourself when you complete this project. Your self esteem is very important. How can you learn if you don't have confidence in your skills? You want to have an edge as a teenager and an adult. Self confidence comes with completion of your projects.
  • Stil doubting the value? Oh, well. The project is 20% of the 3rd and 4th grading period. This reflects the amount of time you spend doing the project. You don't want to ruin your grade.
  • Surprise!! Some students discover that they have a talent for "real" science. Experimentation is very different from reading about science in a textbook. Light bulbs start to go off in your brain. ----

Time Lines for Titan Projects


January 5, 2007-- Students began to choose projects in computer lab.
January 22, 2007 -- Parent letters were sent home about the project with report card pickup.

February 16 Science Proposals due. Students begin to do their experimentation.
March 5 and 7 -- Computer time to type.
March 9: Typed Research Paper due. Experiments continue to be done to complete the project March 23. (extended to week of 4/17)

Handouts


Rubric

Reminders:

  • Visual Presentation: include your previous work in the folder, the notecards, rough draft, research, ect.
  • Neatly organize your folder. You have worked hard!!
  • Those folders I required in January are essential to keep from losing your papers and keeping your typed papers neat for your board.
  • NOTE: Students who procrastinated during the 12 class hours we have used since January 5, report this research took 12-17 hours at home to produce the work up to complete the paper. Don't wait until the last minute when you are in high school; learn from this experience. ----

Typing Day Handout 3/5 and 3/7



The Paper:

  1. Title Page (Your creation. Include these items centered: Title of Project, Your Name, Core, Teacher, Correct Date Submitted. This appears on the board.)
  2. Paper
    • General directions. The paper must be double spaced, 2 pages, Times New Roman Font, 12 pt, standard margins. With > 2 references. (Remember encyclopedias are your third reference in 8th grade; not the primary reference of the paper.)
    • First paragraph: Introduce your project using the problem. Explain why you decided to do this project. If this is completely your writing, you do not have to have a reference here.
    • Paragraphs 3-5: Use your sources. Explain what the experts say. Give each expert's idea a citation or endnote. There should be at least one per paragraph. Develop a new idea in each paragraph. You may use more paragraphs in this part if you want.
    • The last paragraph should end with your hypothesis. If this is completely your writing, you do not have to have a reference here.
  3. Bibliography will have > 2 sources. Use Ms. Satterwhite's directions for these citations. MLA style. (If you get behind you can always use the document I prepared for you at the beginning of the project. The other styles are a little harder for 8th graders.)


These forms have not been uploaded yet.

PARENT LETTER 2007 1/22/07 -- prepared by ELMS Science Department

( Provided on Report Card Pick up day, 1/11, and given out in class again 2/9.)


RUBRIC for PROPOSAL due 2/16/07-- prepared by ELMS Science Department.




Prentice Hall Textbook Reference

Chapter 1, pages 6-11

Designing the experiment
Inquiry Projects

Science Project Review Notes from classes in September

Experimental Design Components:


1. Independent Variable (Manipulated Variable) used for the X- axis data in the graphs.
  • The 'scientist' decides to manipulate this factor.
  • Example: In the hot hand experiment from the first month of school, I decided to test the hand of every Titan;we measured the temperature of every Titan hand (independent variable) and we graphed the temperature of each person's hand (dependent variable).

2. Dependent Variable (Responding Variable) What you will be measuring in your experiment. Y- axis data in your graphs.

3. Constants: Variables that could be changed but you are going to keep each of these the same during the experiment. We used the CBL's in our lab; we could have used alcohol thermometers.

4. Control Group : What do you consider normal? The control is what you use as a comparison. The teacher was present in each core so we could have taken her hand temperature each class period and used that value as a control. This would have told us that the calculators were working correctly.

5. The Experimental Group: The group you are testing to allow you to run the experiment.

Still confused? Go back to your textbook, pages 6-11.
Still confused? Make an appointment for after school help. You can always ask an expert on line.





Websites

www.chemistry.about.comwww.sciencebuddies.org (Good 'how to' site.)
http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/fair.html (Good 'how to' site.)
http://saltaquarium.about.com/cs/publicswfamilyfun/a/aa071702.htm
http://biology.about.com/od/biologysciencefair/Biology_Science_Fair_Projects.htm



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www.sciencebuddies.org
San Francisco Middle School

These projects usually show all the parts of the experiment. You could find one to read as a model for your experiment. [ We have called your 'introduction' an abstract (this is just a brief summary of your work). ]
Model your procedure like the labs we do in class. You should have a step by step set of instructions for other people to repeat the experiment exactly as you have done it.


San Francisco Middle School


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http://school.discovery.com/sciencefaircentral/scifairstudio/handbook/ Good step by step explanation of parts.

http://www.accessexcellence.org/RC/CT/fun_science_fair_projects.html Don't dread this project! Examples are here.




RESEARCH PAPERS

Writing a research paper: http://www.infoplease.com/homework/t6roughdraft.html .

Teacher Handouts:


Ms. Satterwhite's Research Paper Handouts
Graphic Organizer



PRESENTATION (1/07)

Presenting the project is the last step. Plan to get your board now and either buy or make your labels.

  • Our school Beta Club will purchase a large group of boards if there are enough orders. (These are almost half the price but you will have to order them immediately. We could get a good price if 300 students order one. )
  • Colored boards may be purchased at Building Knowledge. (The pink one in my room was $4; the top board was $2; the labels were $2)
  • General white boards may be purchased at Office Max. Mrs. Hull has an example of that board and labels: Cost :$8 for her set up.
  • Walmart has these boards for about $4.
  • Recycle your board: Boards store easily under your mattress; you can reuse them next year for many other projects if you will staple your sections on to the board.
  • I may be able to make a template for you labels and you could print them at home or school. I always like to use card stock to print the labels.



March 23 -- April 17 Board Completion

These items may be useful when you are at home without an answer to your questions. You may also email me from thei website or use the gaggle account through school to write me personally.



Grading Rubric for Project:


Just Labels:

to copy and enlarge for your board.

Hand Out for Board Display:

Summarized parts from websources above.

Note that we have chosen to use the abstract instead of 'introduction' since you have a research paper.; the abstract is a summary of your project.

Other places at school for 'Labels and Explanations': See example boards in classrooms and the Pathfinder bulletin board.

You may buy labels or print them on your computer. I have some colored paper for background to typed papers. Do a good job. Use scissors well or paper cutters to get straight cuts. Use rulers to level and center your work. Type your hand written papers. Be neat with your graphs and data tables. Use your computer competency skills to make the presentations.

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EXAMPLE PROJECTS=Crickets and RosemaryWhat Diaper is Most Absorbent?
General Examples

Good High School website of projects: http://share3.esd105.wednet.edu/mcmillend/SSP.html



TITAN PROJECTS 2006-7** Under construction.

Core 1
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