Always struggling to write your lab report? Then read the following section to help you on your next lab report.
HOW TO WRITE A GOOD SCIENCE FAIR REPORT
Before you write the report, please look at the following website and handout:
> http://www.scifair.org/howtowriteakillerreport.html > Refer to the backside of the Bubble Gum Mass Lab assignment sheet
Your report must be TYPED, BLACK INK ONLY, DOUBLE SPACED, PROOF READ FOR SPELLING AND GRAMMAR and include the following parts:
A. TITLE PAGE
>One page >Include your science fair project’s title (be creative), your
name(s) and contact information (address and school), your grade and the name of your science teacher.
B. TABLE OF CONTENTS >One page
>Include the page numbers for the beginning of each section
C. INTRODUCTION >Maximum one page
>This section introduces what you intend to do in YOUR project. Explain the significance of your project.
1. For an experiment: -Clearly state what your research question was
-List your hypothesis and explain why you think this way -Briefly explain why you chose this topic
2. For an invention: -Give a brief description of your invention
-Explain the importance of your innovation -Briefly explain why you chose this topic -If you are recreating an existing invention, explain the changes
you have made -If you are creating a new invention, explain how this invention
makes life easier
>Maximum one page >Describe the steps of your experiment in detail >Must be numbered >Use diagrams if applicable
E. EXPERIMENTAL RESULTS/DATA >Maximum 2 pages
>Summarize the data clearly. It should be simple enough for the general public to understand
>Display data in an informative, clear and concise manner >Use graphs and charts to display your information (graphs must have labeled axis and titles). These may be computer generated
or hand drawn >Tables and graphs should have a title and a number (i.e. Table I:
Number of Incentive Students taking Math, Table II: Number of
Incentive Students taking Science, etc.) >You do not need to discuss your results here
F. DISCUSSION/ANALYSIS >Maximum 3 pages (*this is the most important part of your paper)
>Explain your results – what are your findings, what does the information mean, what trends do you see, are there any relationships?
>Discuss whether the results obtained support your hypothesis or not
>Develop a theory to help explain your results and perhaps what might happen in a similar situation
>List any sources of error – are there any factors that could affect the accuracy of your results? Did you include a control? Did you account for all of the variables? Was each test the same? Did you do enough repetitions?
>If you had to do this experiment again, what improvements would you make to the procedure?
>Maximum 3 sentences >BRIEFLY summarize your results >What new questions arise from your research? If you were to
continue with this project, what would be your next step? How would you improve or expand upon this research?
H. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT >No more than half a page
>Give credit to any who has assisted you in a significant way. Include individuals, businesses, educational or research institutions
I. BIBLIOGRAPHY >Referencing format must be MLA
>One page, should have at least 5 sources >List ALL materials used: internet, books, magazines, etc.