Attention all Middle School Students! Has your science class come to the point where you’re required to present a science experiment at a science fair? If so, here are a few ideas and pointers for you! I did a science project this month. I presented “Does Mold Grow in Different Climates?” It was about whether mold would grow in dark and cold environments better than mold would grow in warm and dark environments. Because of what I recently dealt with, I’ll share a few pointers and tips so you can have a successful science fair with your class.
My science fair teacher told us that this year we were required to turn in certain parts of the experiment at certain times. This means that one week we had to turn in our hypothesis, our conclusion the next week, and certain worksheets during the following weeks.
Here are a few tips on presenting a successful science fair.
Number One: When you pick your topic, whether from a book, an internet source, or from a suggestion from your teacher, pick one that has been proven to work; I wouldn’t suggest mold because either it does or doesn’t grow. And if your experiment is not working the way you expected then it might change everything.
Number Two: When picking your topic, make sure what you’re research is not too deep. Also, make sure it can be proven to work or not work in the given time.
Number Three: When assigned the experiment, DON”T PROCRASTINATE! If you delay finishing your experiment, then there’s a chance it won’t be done right. This year I procrastinated in giving my experiment the time it needed to grow mold as I hoped it would do in a short time. NO mold grew because I procrastinated.
Number Four: When making your hypothesis or prediction of what will happen, use logic and reasoning to consider what you think will be the effect of the experiment.
Number Five: Get done early. If you complete your science fair project before the rest of your middle school class or before your friends, then you relieved of all the stress they’re going through. Think about this; if you have your project done early, then you just need to get everything ready for the presentation while everyone else is trying to get their research. This is a result from procrastination; which is what happened to me in my science fair this year.
Number Six: When presenting, dress for success. This is one of the few requirements I didn’t have a problem with this year. My school is a uniformed school, but we are allowed to wear fancier clothes on Science Fair Day. If your teacher or school wants to keep it in uniform, then go by their rules. Make sure to ask your Science Teacher or Principal about dress code rules on Science Fair Day.
Number Seven: When you present, keep a smile on your face. People don’t want to talk to crabby students. Also, give your honest information on what you found interesting while experimenting. Parents and teachers want to hear what made the experiment different from your expectations so they can suggest it later. Again, always keep your presentation board colorful and full of information, but keep it organized.
And those are seven tips to give you a successful Science Fair!
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