The Science Fair Notebook
Putting it All Together

The Final Notebook

The SF notebook is a major part of both the science fair and your grade in this class. The 3-ring notebook containing ALL of your SF work, will be the ultimate testament to the amount of hard work you've done this year. The notebook will also go with you to the actual science "fairs" and be read by teachers, peers and the judges.

Below is a list of each "part" in the notebook, as well as a brief summary for each.
Abstract: Summary of you project- placed in the inside front cover
Title Page: Title of your project, your info
Acknowledgements: "I'd like to thank..."
Table of Contents: A list with the correct page numbers, of every part & page in your NB
Research Paper & Bibliography: Your final edited, corrected and Science NB numbered research paper and alphbetized bibliography. DO NOT include the rough draft. If you changed your experimentation procedures be sure to update that section in your paper.

Parts 1& 2: These should be the final edited and corrected versions, all on separate pages and page numbered.

Statement of the Problem:

Variables & Controls:

Part 3: These should be the final edited and corrected versions, all on separate pages and page numbered.

Results: (1) Observations (2) Data Tables-with explanations (3) Graphs - with explanations
(4) photographs (5) Discussion: this includes a summary of your observations, with a discussion of the graphs, statistical analysis, and summary. This should be at least 1 page, and up to 2 pages. Everything in this section is computerized and typed. All the rough data (handwritten data tables, data etc) should be in your composition book or at the end of this notebook in the "Appendix" section.

Conclusion: Based on the experimental data collected, analyze the results here. Conclusions are usually at least 2 pages with the original hypothesis restated. What conclusions were discovered through your experimentation?

Recommendations analyze strengths and weaknesses of your experimental design and procedure. Gives possible explanations as to why the results occurred and suggests future improvements on the experimental design.

Appendix: This is your diary of everything that happened during your project. It can be in your composition book, or this separate section - or both.

Each page in the notebook should have IDENTICAL formatting. 1 inch margins, .5 footnotes. 1.5 spacing, 12 pt Times New Roman font. Footnotes are: 10pt Times New Roman font and single spaced.

You may have title pages for the major sections (research paper, results, conclusion, appendix) or these can be larger at the tops of the pages of these specific pages.



Points to Remember:

1. Each section is to be on it's own page.
2. Same font and size as research paper
3. 1 1/2 point spacing
4. NO ME's, I's, or YOUs -
...... always written in a 3rd person