A scientific experiment uses the scientific method to answer a question or solve a problem. It involves formulating a hypothesis and analyzing data using the scientific method.
Most fifth graders and older (and many in the lower grades) should be able to handle a scientific experiment. Students planning on entering their experiment at the state fair should select this category and follow ISEF guidelines.
RECOMMENDED FOR GRADES:
Most 5th graders and older
EXAMPLES OF PROJECTS:
- Will an ice cube melt faster when crushed up?
- Do different kinds of apples have different amounts of seeds?
- Which toy car rolls furthest?
- Which materials conduct heat best?
WILL THE PROJECT BE JUDGED?
IS IT ELIGIBLE FOR AN AWARD?
WHAT’S THE REQUIRED PAPERWORK?
- NOT going to the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair
- 2016 NON ISEF Registration Form
- Possible additional forms, for example
- Human Participants Consent Form
- GOING to the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair
- 2016 ISEF Registration Form
- Possible additional ISEF paperwork, for example
NOTE — These forms are ONLY for the Whatcom County Science and Engineering Fair. The Washington State Science and Engineering Fair and all other fairs will ask for their own set of forms and paperwork.
DOES IT REQUIRE SPECIALIZED SUPERVISION?
Yes. A parent, teacher, a qualified scientist, and/or other professionals.
DOES IT REQUIRE A JOURNAL/LOG BOOK?