Leaders Preparatory Science Fair  Project Timeline             

1st Step

Due Today: Friday,

Aug 18



Parents and Students Please Read the Categories & Rules and Guidelines For County, State and INTEL ISEF Fair by visiting the following links:

Parent & Student Sign here once you have read:   Parent                                 Student



 Aug 25


4 Science Fair Topics each from different categories with investigative question and hypothesis.( In science fair composition log book and word doc)

Start Research Plan Header should include your name and Title of Project &

                          Table of Contents ( typed on word Doc)



Wednesday, Sep 6



APA Format: Alphabetical Bibliography for the chosen Topic (Typed on word doc and written in Science fair composition book) Work on citing at least 10 resources.

List at least five (5) major references (e.g. science journal articles, books, internet sites) alphabetically. Another 5 citations for Safety,   MSDS for chemicals, 2017-18 rules and guidelines for Ying Expo, SSEF State and Intel ISEF and if you plan to use humans or vertebrate animals one of these references must be from there ( (

Links to cite:   or  or  or



Sep 13



Research Plan Typed (double spaced, Font size 12, Times New Roman, New Courier, or Garamond ONLY) and written in log bookInformation on form 1A

·         Provide typed RATIONALE for your project. Include a brief synopsis of the background that supports your research problem and explain why this research is important scientifically .Explain any societal impact of your research

·         RESEARCH QUESTION, HYPOTHESIS (ES), ENGINEERING GOAL(S), EXPECTED OUTCOMES (based on the rationale described).



Sep 22


Research Plan (Typed)  (DO NOT START THE EXPERIMENT YET).(Write  in Science log book &Type under each title:     Materials,  Independent Variable, Dependent Variables, Control and Constant ,   Procedure: (Step by step Method to be followed -experiments),  Risk, Safety and Disposal, Data Table (Sample Table {No tabulation} that you will use to record your data),Data Analysis: Describe the how you will analyze the data/results that answer research questions or hypotheses. 

Additional items to be included in plan( refer to form 1A) if the project is on Humans, Vertebrate, Potentially Hazardous biological Agents or Hazardous chemical, activities & devices


Monday Sep 27


Respective forms 1, 1A, 1B & 3 from Ying expo filled online and signed in BLUE INK by parent/ guardian and students and turned in Today. Please DONOT SIGN FORM 3

Forms can be accessed

If Human participants please also provide form 2, 4, & informed consent form too

If vertebrate form 5A/5B Potentially Hazardous 6A Human & Vertebrate tissue 6B



Oct 9

START THE EXPERIMENT Except prior approval projects: Purchase Materials, Record and TAKE PICTURES of everything you do and keep your Notebook up-to-date.



Oct 20


1st check for Your Notebook. It MUST CONTAIN what you have done so far in your experiment. Date each page & Include a brief summary of daily progress.I will be checking your work to see if you need to revise your plan. Meanwhile, KEEP WORKING! 



Nov 1

Notebooks DUE for 2nd CHECK. Take PICTURES of experiment for DISPLAY* Start Scientific Research Paper by filling out the data table and data analysis portion of the Research Plan and save it under a separate Research paper document.



Nov 6


Scientific Research Paper  Rough Draft due today

-Start Building Display Board (see handout for details)



Nov 20


Final Scientific Papers DUE Today & Notebooks Due. NO EXCEPTIONS! 

Continue working on Display board


Wed Nov29


Display board due Today/ presentation practice



Dec 6

Setup.  Contestants’ setup projects for final presentation and judging.



Dec 7


IMPORTANT: Competition Final--8:00a.m -1:00p.m only the top projects per category will move on to the county Ying Expo competition. Positions announced before Winter break. Student is expected to be seated next to their display at all times, otherwise they WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Science Fair Research Paper Guidelines

How to Format Your Research Paper        

This table describes how to format your research paper using  APA guidelines. Be sure you follow the sequence for each section.

APA Guidelines


Standard size (8.5 x 11" in the U.S.)

Page Margins

1" on all sides (top, bottom, left, right)


12-pt. Times Roman or Courier. For figures, however, use a sans serif font such as Arial.



Alignment of Text

Flush left (with an uneven right margin)

Paragraph Indentation

5–7 spaces

End of Sentence

Leave one space after a period.

Page Numbers

On every page (except Figures), in the upper right margin, 1/2" from the top and flush with the right margin, two or three words of the paper title (this is called the running head) appear five spaces to the left of the page number, beginning with the title page.

Title Page

The title page is always the first page.

On the line below the page number, the running head is typed flush left (all uppercase) following the words "Running head:"

Below the running head, the following are centered on their own lines, using upper and lower case:

  • Paper title
  • Your name
  • Your school

Section Headings

Top level headings should be centered on the page, using upper and lower case.

Second level headings should be flush left, italicized, using upper and lower case.

Tables & Illustrations

Each table begins on a separate page with the label Table 1 (etc.) typed flush left on the first line below the page number. Double-space and type the table title flush left (italicized using uppercase and lowercase letters).

Figures Captions appear on the last numbered page of the paper. In this case the label Figure 1 (etc.) is italicized and the caption itself is not. The caption uses regular sentence capitalization. The figures themselves follow, one per page.

Order of Major Sections

Each of these sections (if present) begins on a new page:

Title page

Contents page

  • ·         Abstract (summary)

    ·         Rationale (Background Information & Purpose)

    ·         Research Question

    ·         Hypothesis

    ·         Engineering Goals

    ·         Expected Outcome

    ·         Materials

    ·          Variables

    Ø  Independent variable

    Ø  Dependent variable

    Ø  Constant

    Ø  Control

    ·         Procedure

    ·          Risk and Safety

    ·          Data Table

    ·          Data Analysis

    ·          Results & Conclusion

    ·         Bibliography

    ·         Picture (of the experiment)

    ·         Figure/ Picture Captions (cite Saying who took the pictures)


Not required

Additional Information

Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) -
APA Style Guide