|Science Experiments & Projects: A Selected Bibliography|
|Use this list of Books, Computer Databases, Videocassettes, and Magazines to help you choose a science project. You can find all of these titles at the St. Louis Public Library. Or, look here for science project ideas and help designing a science investigation. Visit your branch library and talk to the Librarian.|
Eco-fun: Great Projects, Experiments, and Games for a Greener Earth
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|Applied Science and Technology Index
General Science Index
Facts on File
Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World.
Periodicals / Magazines
Astronomy. Audubon. E - The Environment Magazine.
Horticulture - The Magazine of American Gardening.
National Geographic World.
Rocks and Minerals.
Sky and Telescope.
Designing A Science Investigation
|1) Journal Your Study Begin a log book immediately and
write down everything you do.
2) Begin with Questions What interests you? What science mysteries would you like to solve?
3) Select a Topic Pick one of your interests and narrow it to a researchable activity.
4) Collect Information Go to your public and school libraries. Get information from books, magazines, newspapers, and computers. Talk with people who have knowledge about your topic.
5) Design Your Study Select one of the following based on your hypothesis (expected result): Collection Model Experiment Observation Invention
6) Identify the Variables Independent Variables (IV) What you, the investigator, has selected as important. Constant Variables (CV) The 'where', 'when', and 'how' conditions you intend to maintain. Dependent Variables (DV) What happens; the raw data.
7) Run the Designed Study Check your procedure with a teacher or another adult. Collect necessary materials and equipment. Decide how to record and organize the data. Do a trial run first to make sure all goes well. When doing the actual investigation, take photographs and record the raw data.
8) Analyze the Results Reorganize the raw data in a diagram, chart, summary sheet, or finished replica. Write an interpretation of your displayed results with supporting evidence from your completed investigation.
9) Arrive at a Conclusion Re-examine your hypothesis. Does your investigation support your original 'expected result'? Write down the significance of your findings. Share your work with peers at school and teachers.
Possible Science Projects
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