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A guide to the 9th science fair annotated bibliography project
Last Updated: Sep 23, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Welcome to Science Fair!


Goals of Today

The science fair project is a year-long effort during which you will research, conduct, and communicate an experiment or an engineering project that matters to you.


By the end of today, you should:

1. Identify main area of passion/interest.

  • Ex - 'I am interested in running.' 'I am interested in music!' 'I am interested in rockets.'

2. Conduct preliminary research to determine 2-3 ideas for experiments. Consult:

  • Wikipedia
  • Google
  • Expert in the Galloway Community
  • Citizen science projects (see below)

Citizen Science - One Possibilitiy

Citizen Science one great way to design a science fair experiment. Citizen Science involves identifying and attempting to solve a problem in your own community through science. This would still require you to create a experimental design and test it (using their own data and/or publicly available data for the project).


These resources can help every student find ideas for science experiments based on specific passions. Visit the three websites below for more details ad project ideas:


Citation Help


In librarian school, they say that Wikipedia is a GREAT place to begin your research and a TERRIBLE place to end it.

Today's goals are to research a topic of interest, narrow down possibilities for experiments, gather keywords,

and create 2-3 experiment ideas.

We are investigating ideas.

We are NOT gathering facts or taking notes at this point.

We never cite research in the preliminary stage of exploration.

We never cite Wikipedia or other sources we use to gain initial inspiration and direction for a topic of study.


What We Are Researching

We will add your topics in as you determine them!




Wikipedia - a great place to start your research, but a terrible place to end.

Pull keywords and basic understandings from here.

Do NOT use facts for your project!


Your Docs

These are the handouts you will be recording your ideas on, starting today and continuing throughout the entire research process.



Your goal is not to bullseye your topic or to find the answer to your experiment's question. It is to find information on all aspects of your topic so you can design an experiment that answers your question.


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