HOW SHOULD I DOCUMENT AND RECORD MY INVESTIGATION?
Now that you have designed your investigation, you need to decide what will you observe and record, in order to answer your inquiry question.
- Please keep in mind the following... your results must be reproducible.
- This means you need to repeat your experiment/test multiple times.
- The more trials you do, the more confident you can be about your results.
- Competitve Science Fair students should have a minimum of 10 trials and 30 data points.
- Inquiry Celebration participants should have a minimum of 3 trials and 15 data points.
What can you measure that is relevant to your investigation?
Possible Quantitative Measurements
What observations can you make that are relevant to your investigation?
Possible Qualitative Observations
RECORDING AND ORGANIZING YOUR DATA
Create a science data table (if applicable) to organize your data using the tips outlined below.
- Use a ruler.
- Create a title for your table (the title must have the two variables of the experiment in it).
- Every column or row should be labelled with a heading.
- Make sure to include units for each column or row (written in the heading).
- Record your data in order.
- Record your first measurement(s) at time zero, before you conduct your test.
In addition to recording your observations and data in your science fair logbook, remember to capture key moments of your investigation to to paint a vivid portrait of the your investigation to share with others. Before you test your investigation, please consider how you will share what you have learned. How will you document and share your investigation?
- Audio recordings
- Video recordings
DISTRICT SCIENCE FAIR ELIGIBILITY
Each stage of this learning guide will advise you of potential roadblocks to your science fair success. Please make sure you understand and read this information carefully. Failure to do so could affect your eligibility to participate in the District Science Fair and science fairs beyond.
- Ensure that your science fair project has been performed and presented in a safe manner.
- All observations and raw data need to be organized and recorded in your science fair logbook.
- To compete in the competitive science fair category, your investigation must have a minimum of 30 measured data points and 10 trials (you have conducted you experiment 10 times).
- Students looking to participate in the celebration of inquiry category at the district science fair should have a minimum of 15 measured data points and have condcuted at least 3 trials.