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Science Fair Project Do's and Don'ts (page 4)

— Louisiana Region 5 Science and Engineering Fair
Updated on Sep 28, 2011

Don't Re-invent The Wheel...

...unless of course, your project is on wheel invention...LOL.  No, what I mean is that you don't have to necessarily find something that has never been done before. You may elect to take a topic you've seen in fairs and do it a different way. This goes along the lines of what I said in the previous secret. Use the resource links to generate ideas. Once you find something you like, do it differently or do it better. The winners that were selected from last year's fair were not chosen because they did something that no one had ever done. They were chosen because of the evident work and time they put into it and their ability to apply scientific thought as well as the scientific method.  Most of the projects that won last year demonstrate at least six weeks worth of work. If you try to do this the night before it's due, you will not be successful.

So, the key is to work hard on the topic that you choose and remember that it is not so important to re-invent the wheel, unless of course your project is on..., oh, forget it, you get it. :-)

Science Counts!

In the end, it all comes down to science. Your ability to apply scientific thought, reasoning, and concepts is what will inevitably make your science fair project stand out. All winners last year excelled in the area of science and technology. Your project is not a research paper! You must be able to design and/or build a model or perform an experiment of some kind and report your results through your project. It must fit into the scientific method in some way and demonstrate scientific reasoning, inquiry, and concepts. If it doesn't do this, following all the guidelines above will not help. So, my last bit of advice to you is this...Don't fall into the trap of doing your project the last second. Don't do this! You must be able to plan ahead especially if you are planning an experiment that will involve several days. In the end, how well your project is received scientifically by the judges will weigh heavily because, SCIENCE COUNTS!

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