Things to consider when deciding on a project:
- Must have a manipulated variable (the variable that is changed in the experiment)
- Must have a high degree of control, either in the form of a control group or controlled conditions
- Must be able to use the scientific method
- To access more information including judging criteria and experiment registration form, click here.
- Does not have a manipulated variable (This may be due to ethical or practical reasons which make it impossible.)
- Three main categories: descriptive or correlational projects, surveys, demonstrations
- To access more information including judging criteria and non-experiment registration form, click here.
Both experiments and non-experiments should include:
- a clear purpose
- systematic or organized study of an area of interest
- clearly defined procedures
- multiple observations
Please Note: A "report" on a topic does not fit either category.
- Make sure the equipment you will need to do your project is readily available.
- Consider the time needed to complete the project.
- While parents are encouraged to support their children in this process, it is assumed that the children will do the majority of the work. Parents should discuss the project with their children and assist them as needed in thinking through various aspects of the projects. Children are expected to adequately explain all aspects of the project and have a good understanding of it.
- How interested are you in this topic? Be sure to select a topic that will hold your interest throughout the entire process.