As you gear up for your local school-based science fair, here are some things to consider and remember:
- Do you have a significant number of trials per test group? 3 is really not enough- go for 10 or more! Statistics work better with more numbers (n). Here's some help with Statistics. FYI: Stats win! & are more likely to go to State!
- Have you described your project well in the abstract and research plan? You should be able to hand it to a scientist or teacher and they should be able to understand exactly what you did, why you did it that way, and what you intended to prove or disprove.
- Have you checked all your forms and are sure you have the following minimums? ALL of these #1-4 are required for entry into CRSEF Regional Fair in January.
- Combo Form 1,1a, 1b OR (if SRC required, all 3 forms: (1 Checklist for Adult sponsor, 1a Student Checklist, 1b Approval Form )
- Form 3 Risk Assessment Form (this should include every possible risk- i.e. splinter from wood, broken glass etc.- and be overly safety conscious with goggles and gloves at all times).
- Official SSEF Abstract (this should be the concise summary and include the correct category for entry)
- Research Plan (be sure you have your citations in APA format for the bibliography)
- *If your project required SRC approval (Vertebrates, Humans, PHBAs, etc) you will need the appropriate forms found here at the SSEF Forms Site.