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Leaders Preparatory Science Fair Expo 2016-17

Project Timeline

1st Step


Aug 24

Due Today:Parents and Students Please Read Rules and Guidelines For State Fair and INTEL ISEF by going to the following links:

Sign here once you have read:

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Parent                                                              Student


Wednesday, Aug 31

4 Science Fair Topics Due Today each from different categories with investigative question and hypothesis.( In science fair composition log book)  Table of Contents ( typed on word Doc)



Monday, Sep 19

Alphabetical Bibliography for the chosen Topic (Typed on word doc and written in Science fair composition book) Due Today: Work on citing at least 5 resources.

List at least five (5) major references (e.g. science journal articles, books, internet sites) alphabetically from your literature review. If you plan to use vertebrate animals, one of these references must be an animal care reference. Include citation for Safety,   MSDS for chemicals and Citation for Ying Expo, State and Intel ISEF rules and guidelines 2017 websites.

Links to cite:   or



Sep 23

Respective forms 1A,1B & 3 for 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




Sep 28

Part of Research Plan DUE today Typed (double spaced, Font size 12, Times New Roman, New Courier, or Garamond ONLY) and written in log book.

1.     Header should include your name and Title of Project

2.     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.


Monday Oct 3

Research Plan (Typed) DUE today (DO NOT START THE EXPERIMENT YET).(Write  in Science log book &Type under each title: RESEARCH QUESTION, HYPOTHESIS (ES), ENGINEERING GOAL(S), EXPECTED OUTCOMES (based on the rationale described),      Materials,  Independent Variable, Dependent Variables, Control and Constant ,   Procedure: (Step by step Method to be followed -experiments), Research Methods include (Risk, safety and Disposal), Data Table (sample that you will use to record your data), Data Analysis: Describe the procedures you will use to analyze the data/results that answer research questions or hypotheses. 



Oct 10 

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 17

Notebooks DUE - 1st check of project progress. Include a brief summary of what you have done so far and how it is working. I will be checking your work to see if you need to revise your plan. Meanwhile, KEEP WORKING! Your Notebook MUST CONTAIN what you have done so far along with:

Science Fair Research plan , Data Sheets, Daily Log, which includes:

Notes on your Procedure, Your interpretation of data, Difficulties you encounter, Ideas for improving the investigation, Diagrams of the experiment



Oct 24

Notebooks DUE for 2nd CHECK.  Continue experiments, recording in Notebook

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 as research document.

 10 th


Nov 4

Due Today  Scientific Research Paper  Rough Draft

-Start Building Display Board (see handout for details)



Nov 21

Final Scientific Papers DUE Today & Notebooks Due. NO EXCEPTIONS! Continue working on Display board


Wed Nov30

Display board due Today/ presentation practice


Tues. Dec 6

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


Wed Dec 7

IMPORTANT: Competition Final--8:00a.m -12:30p.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)
  • Body (research Plan with Tables, Results, Data analysis and Conclusion page,
  • Bibliography (cite ISEF guidelines & MSDS if applicable)
  • Appendixes(Glossary)
  • Footnotes (optional)
  • Figure Captions (cite Saying who took the pictures)
  • Figures (of the experiment)


Not required

Additional Information

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