San Juan Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Frequently Asked Questions

Look here for amswers fror your most perplexing questions!

Q: How do I get started?

Q: How do I write an abstract?
A: Answer

  • No more than 250 words
  • Purpose and Hypothesis
  • Procedures
  • Results
  • Conclusion
  • Applications

Q: What should a display board look like?
A: Answer:

Q: What written materials should be included with the dispaly board?
A: Answer

    Parts of the Display Explained :
  • Question - What you want to find out. Usually directly related to your title, of course.
  • Prediction/Hypothesis - This is where you put what you think is the possible answer to the project question. It is based on your own research and experiences and it is made before you run the experiment. Often phrased along the lines of “based on the fact that X, I believed that Y will happen when I performed this experiment.” Here X and Y represent some fact and some predicted outcome
  • Materials/Methods - This is a list of supplies that you needed to do the experiment.
  • Data - This is the information you collected. It should illustrate an observation from the experiment.
  • Procedure – A detailed step-by-step explanation of what you did to collect your data and avoid errors.
  • Findings – Here you compare your data to your hypothesis. Being as analytical and quantitative (using mathematical comparisons and hard numbers) as possible helps establish your conclusions
  • Conclusions – This is where you compare your findings with your hypothesis and try to provide a concise and coherent answer to your project’s question. Directly restating the question and answering it helps.
  • Research - This is a binder containing research you did prior to starting the project. You should never pursue a project without looking into what is already known about it.
  • Journal - You should keep a lab notebook! And update it very regularly! Everything you observe or record or think of during the project should go in this notebook. Sketches, progress reports, factors, you can never document too carefully. Pages should be dated.

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