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Middle School Science Research

This page contains information regarding the Middle School Science Fair research requirement.  Please direct any questions to Mr. Daniel Cushing.

Introduction and Expectations

In order to encourage a love of investigation and the thought that goes into experimental design, students in grades 7 and 8 enter a science fair project in our Middle School Science Fair. These projects consist of an experiment that the student conducted, a tri-fold backboard to present the findings, a research paper, and a journal of the experiment.  Student projects are assessed on an individual basis according to the standards of the Scientific Method. Projects will receive a first, second or third prize ribbon. The best of the projects will advance to the Delaware County Science Fair and any subsequent fairs after the competition.

Some specific expectations:

  • Students choose a topic of interest
  • A specific question is formed about the topic
  • Research is done on the topic and organized as a research paper
  • Students design a procedure and submit the research plan for approval
  • An experiment with multiple trials is conducted during the time allotted unless previously discussed with the instructor
  • Numerical data are collected
  • All safety procedures are observed during experimentation
  • Data and records are kept in a journal
  • A tri-fold backboard is designed to present the data
  • Students selected to advance participate in the Delaware County Science Fair

Getting Started

The process of thinking, conducting and analyzing a science fair project can be daunting. Do not panic. The science instructors will be with the students every step of the way giving advice and guidance. For more information about the program, please visit our website.

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