Science Fair Written Report

Reports should be neatly bound in an attractive folder and should include:

1. Title Page

The title page bears the title of your project in the center of the page several inches from the top of the page. Your name, school, and grade would be placed in the lower right-hand corner of the page.

2. Table of Contents

List the sections of your paper and the page numbers where they begin.

3. Abstract

The abstract is a shortened version of your entire paper. Others can read your abstract if they do not have time to read your paper. It should include information about yourself at the top: name, school, grade, age, and category of your project. Below this information write three short paragraphs: the Purpose, the Procedure, and the Results.

4. Statement of Purpose

Give a two- or three-sentence statement explaining what you expected to discover by investigating the chosen topic. It should also give the reason why you chose to learn more about the subject.

5. The Hypothesis

Students who select an experiment to perform should include a hypothesis in the written report. A hypothesis is an educated guess about what you think will occur as a result from conducting the selected experiment.

6. Background Research

Include work and research conducted by others in the past that relates to your topic and facts that help introduce the readers to the topic.

7. Materials

List all the materials and supplies you used in the project. Quantities and amounts of each should also be indicated, especially if you conduct an experiment.

8. Procedure

List and describe steps you undertook to complete the project, numbering them sequentially.

9. Observations and Results

Tell what you learned from the project. What new information was provided as a result of pursuing the topic? What do you know now that you didn't know before? Include raw, smooth and analyzed data, in all forms including charts, graphs, tables, photographs and diagrams you've created or collected during the course of the project. Be sure that all results, in whatever format, are neat and legible. Accurately and clearly label and title all material.

10. Variables and Controls (for experiments only)

Fully describe each variable and control. Explain its role in the experiment and show how it was managed and/or monitored.

11. Conclusions

This is a brief statement explaining why a project turned out the way it did. Why did the events you observed occur? If an experiment was chosen, begin your conclusion by restating your hypothesis. Next, compare the results to your original hypothesis. The result data may concretely establish your theory to be true or false. However, it is also possible that the results were inconclusive, which means that although there may be a trend in your data, it is not strong enough to prove or disprove your hypothesis.

12. Bibliography

13. Acknowledgements

In one or more sentences, say "thank you" to those who have helped you with your project. You should include those who gave you guidance, materials, and the use of facilities or equipment.