Frequently asked questions & Answers
WHY should I do a project?
ACSEF students @ Intel ISEF 2017 highlights (video courtesy of co-director Suzette Takei)
ACSEF students @ California State Science Fair 2017 highlights (video courtesy of co-director Suzette Takei)
Students and Teachers check these FAQ's
What are the parts of a science fair project?Here are a couple starting points:
My teacher says I need to do some background research before beginning to write my procedure and do my project. What is involved when doing background research?A good place to begin would be by checking out what this site has to say about forming a background research plan and this site also gives good advice background research
After doing background research then what do I do?
Now you are ready to do three things:
- Write your hypothesis & procedure
- Write a brief ( 1-3 pages double spaced) report titled "Review of Literature". This is a report summarizing related things that you needed to learn in order to be familiar with your topic.
I keep hearing about MSDS. What is MSDS and which projects need MSDS?MSDS stands for Material Safety Data Sheet. The MSDS describes the proper and safe way to use, store and dispose of any lab grade chemical you might be using in your project.
Most MSDS can be found at Flinn Scientific MSDS Search and Household product MSDS can be found here at NIH Houshold Products MSDS Search
Have I done everything I need to do?Well let's see... Check this list for Middle School Project Checklist. Check this list for High School Project Checklist
Where can I get even more information and guidebooks?Helpful websites with project guidelines and ideas include the following:
Science Buddies a great #1 science fair resource for EVERYONE for EVERYTHING related to science fair projects including finding a project using their topic selection wizard and MUCH MORE!
Intel ISEF Middle School Teacher's Guidebook
Intel ISEF High School Project Planning
Greater San Diego Science Fair Planning Book An EXCELLENT resource for each aspect of the project with lots of sample items including doing background research and writing the report.
Are there additional competitions I can enter my project into?Yes! Check this partial list of additional competitions out. There are more than we can list. Many of these require that you've been a winner at a regional fair (LLNL~ACSEF) to apply, but not all of them do. Additional Competitions.