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PERRY SCIENCE FAIR HCHEM

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Perry High School
Science Fair
2014-2015
Honors Chemistry

PHS

Introduction
Every year, Perry High, and the rest of the Chandler Unified School District, participates in the Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF). The date of the Perry Science Fair is January 31st, 2015 from 11AM- 1PM. Keeping that date in mind, we will begin working on Science Fair activities beginning on October
20, 2014.
The objective of completing a Science Fair Project is to develop a working knowledge of the Scientific Inquiry Method. You will learn in Science Class that this method, used by scientists all over the world, involves the following steps:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.

Posing Questions
Forming a Hypothesis
Designing an Experiment
Performing the Experiment to Collect Data
Interpreting Data
Drawing Conclusions
Communication of Scientific Method Process

Within each of these steps are activities that are performed to ensure your experiment makes sense and could be repeated with similar results (this is known as being
“accurate” and “valid”).

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This packet was put together to help guide you through each activity within the
Scientific Inquiry Method process. They can be summarized as follows:

CUSD Curriculum Standard*
See Page(s)
Strand Concept

Performance
Objective

1 Posing Questions
Topic Selection
Research

5
8 - 14

1
1

1
1

1 and 2
1and 2

6-7
6-7
15

1
1
1

2
1
1

3
1 and 2
3

16
17
18

1
1
1

2
4
2

2
3
3

17
18

1
1

2
2

3
5

2 Forming a Hypothesis
Identifying Variables
Posing a Question
Developing a Hypothesis
3 Designing an Experiment
Materials List
Procedures
Data Table
4 Performing the Experiment to Collect Data
Perform Multiple Trials
Completing Data Table
5 Interpreting Data
Data Summary
Graph

19
20

1
1

3
4

1 and 2
2 and 2H

21 - 22

1

3 and 4

all

12 - 14
23 - 24
25 - 26
27

1
1
1
1

4
4
4
2

3 and 3H
3H and 4H
1-4H
4H

6 Drawing Conclusions
Formulate Conclusion
7 Communicating Results
Summary
Abstract
Display Board
Oral Presentation

* http://ww2.chandler.k12.az.us/curriculum_v2/science/new-standards.asp

Can you name these famous scientists that used the
Scientific
Inquiry
Method?

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Science Fair Guidelines
Below is a list of guidelines, explanations, and rules. Make sure you are clear about them. Share them with the people helping you at home. Ultimately, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE!
1. You will do your own project. Groups of 2 are permissible.
2. Your project must be based on an experiment. You will follow the Scientific Inquiry Method
(see page 2) and collect MEASURED, OBJECTIVE DATA.
3. Please keep in mind not all topics will be approved. You may expand upon an experiment conducted previously in one of your science classes. Also some projects require additional approval and lengthy form completion (working with humans, surveys, etc.). There are restrictions on working with mold, bacteria, explosives, fire and or other dangerous materials.
Human subjects cannot eat or drink any substance.
4. All projects must be approved before beginning.
5. Multiple trials (a minimum of 3, however more than 3 trials are recommended) are required for data collection.

APPROVED!
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6. Follow the sheets included in this packet. They will guide you through each step of the
Scientific Inquiry Method.
7. The sheets in this packet are rough drafts and are due on specific dates during the development of your Science Fair Project. There is a deadline checklist paper included in the beginning of this packet to keep track of what you have done and when things are due.
8. You may NOT change your project idea after your science teacher has approved it. Make sure you have thought about what you want to do before starting. If you have to purchase items to complete your project, make sure your parents/guardians have approved the purchases.
9. Even if you are absent on a due date, project papers must be submitted.
You may submit…