At this point, you are in the home stretch. Except for writing the abstract, preparing your science fair project final report will just entail pulling together the information you have already collected into one large document.
- Your final report will include these sections:
- Title page.
- Abstract. An abstract is an abbreviated version of your final report.
- Table of contents.
- Question, variables, and hypothesis.
- Background research. This is the Research paper you wrote before you started your experiment.
- Materials list.
- Experimental procedure.
- Data analysis and discussion. This section is a summary of what you found out in your experiment, focusing on your observations, data table, and graph(s), which should be included at this location in the report.
- Ideas for future research. Some science fairs want you to discuss what additional research you might want to do based on what you learned.
- Acknowledgments. This is your opportunity to thank anyone who helped you with your science fair project, from a single individual to a company or government agency.
- Write the abstract section last, even though it will be one of the first sections of your final report.
- Your final report will be several pages long, but don't be overwhelmed! Most of the sections are made up of information that you have already written. Gather up the information for each section and type it in a word processor if you haven't already.
- Save your document often! You do not want to work hard getting something written the perfect way, only to have your computer crash and the information lost. Frequent file saving could save you a lot of trouble!
- Remember to do a spelling and grammar check in your word processor. Also, have a few people proof read your final report. They may have some helpful comments!
Here is a sample science fair project final report. Note: The author's teacher did not require source citations and required a different format for the bibliography. Science Buddies staff added references and reformatted the bibliography at a later date; consequently, the page and volume references are fictitious for some of the sources.
Science Fair Project Final Report Checklist
|What Makes for a Good Science Fair Project Final Report?||For a Good Science Fair Project Final Report, You Should Answer "Yes" to Every Question|
|Does your abstract include a short summary of the hypothesis, materials & procedures, results, and conclusion? If you did an engineering or programming project, did you state whether you met your design criteria?||Yes / No|
|Does your final report include: ||Yes / No|
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Okay, this is the hardest part of the whole project…picking your topic. But here are some ideas to get you started. Even if you don’t like any, they may inspire you to come up with one of your own. Remember, check all project ideas with your teacher and parents, and don’t do any project that would hurt or scare people or animals. Good luck!
- Does music affect on animal behavior?
- Does the color of food or drinks affect whether or not we like them?
- Where are the most germs in your school? (CLICK for more info.)
- Does music have an affect on plant growth?
- Which kind of food do dogs (or any animal) prefer best?
- Which paper towel brand is the strongest?
- What is the best way to keep an ice cube from melting?
- What level of salt works best to hatch brine shrimp?
- Can the food we eat affect our heart rate?
- How effective are child-proof containers and locks.
- Can background noise levels affect how well we concentrate?
- Does acid rain affect the growth of aquatic plants?
- What is the best way to keep cut flowers fresh the longest?
- Does the color of light used on plants affect how well they grow?
- What plant fertilizer works best?
- Does the color of a room affect human behavior?
- Do athletic students have better lung capacity?
- What brand of battery lasts the longest?
- Does the type of potting soil used in planting affect how fast the plant grows?
- What type of food allow mold to grow the fastest?
- Does having worms in soil help plants grow faster?
- Can plants grow in pots if they are sideways or upside down?
- Does the color of hair affect how much static electricity it can carry? (test with balloons)
- How much weight can the surface tension of water hold?
- Can some people really read someone else’s thoughts?
- Which soda decays fallen out teeth the most?
- What light brightness makes plants grow the best?
- Does the color of birdseed affect how much birds will eat it?
- Do natural or chemical fertilizers work best?
- Can mice learn? (you can pick any animal)
- Can people tell artificial smells from real ones?
- What brands of bubble gum produce the biggest bubbles?
- Does age affect human reaction times?
- What is the effect of salt on the boiling temperature of water?
- Does shoe design really affect an athlete’s jumping height?
- What type of grass seed grows the fastest?
- Can animals see in the dark better than humans?
Didn’t see one you like? Don’t worry…look over them again and see if they give you an idea for your own project that will work for you. Remember, find something that interests you, and have fun with it.
To download and print this list of ideas CLICK HERE.