Writing a science fair report need not be an art. If you are getting all worked up about writing your report, relax, help is at hand. In this article, I will cover the basic outline for writing a report.
Writing a report is nothing but using your computer's word processor to type in all that you have done, experienced and learned in the course of your project. It should cover all facts and procedures in a logical and chronological order, and in simple language. You can go back and edit it later or have someone review it for you. Writing a report using the below mentioned guidelines will enable anyone who has absolutely no knowledge about your project, to understand your report just as he or she was present during the investigations.
Your science fair report should be detailed and generally cover the following aspects:
- What was your purpose for doing the research?
- What is the source of your information?
- What actions did you take?
- How many experiments did you perform?
- What results did you arrive at?
- Were your assumptions correct or incorrect?
Make sure you take advice and follow instructions of your teacher and your school while making your report.
Detailed Outline for Writing a Good Science Fair Report:
Your report should consist of the following sections:
- Title Page: The project heading or title should be catchy and printed in bold so that it is visible without much effort. If your school requires any additional information you should take care to include it herein.
- Table of Contents: On the second page , you must print a list of subtitles that every page will contain.
- Summary or Abstract: On the next page you must write a summary of your project. The summary may include your project heading, the objective, investigations done, research undertaken, assumptions made, your course of action, the income and theferences arrived at. The summary must be just a page long .
- Introduction: In this section, you will explain what motivated you to conduct the research, your theory and what you expected.
- Experiments : Here explain the method adopted by you to go about your hypothesis, to collect information and to make discounts. Explaining every step of the procedure adopted and the materials used , can help the reader to perform the experiment again and do further research . This is why you must include detailed diagrams, tables, graphically represented data and pictures in this section
- Data: Next, you must record all the facts, figures and statistics applied and obtained in the experimentation process.
- Discussion: Here, you go on to logically explain what you have concluded and on what basis you have reached the conclusion . Should you repeat the experiment, what different procedure would you adopt? Also, what are your directions for anyone continuing research on the same lines?
- Conclusion : Write a summary of the end-result obtained. Do not introduce any new ideas at this point.
- Acknowledgments: Here you give credit to individuals or organizations that have assisted you at any stage of the project.
- References: This section should include the names of individuals whom you have quoted in your report. You must also include names of books and their authors , from which you have extracted material for your project.
Now that you understand the overall content of your project, it's time to get to work writing it. A good next step is to download a free copy of "Easy Steps to Award-Winning Science Fair Projects" from the link below.