2012-2013 OMS Science Fair Club
Welcome to the Oak Middle School Science Fair Website!
This website was created for the the parents and students at Oak Middle School. If any other students, teachers, or parents from other schools happen to visit this site, you are more than welcome to link/share this page as well as utilize the links and handouts available. If you know of any other resources that you think would make a good addition to this site, please let me know!
I have provided numerous resources to help you through the different phases of a science fair project. All documents are housed on Google Docs. You can view them online or download them in their native format. (Please note that many documents may look distorted when you view them. When you download the file, it will look fine.)
Pay attention to the Science Fair Calendar at the bottom of the page. These dates are flexible, and are meant to be guidelines to help you stay on track with your project.
If you have questions or comments at
any point, come talk with me.
General Docs and Resources
8 Gold Science Fair
Student Guide (docx)
Fair Rules and Regulations (pdf)
"How To Guide" for Students by
Students (Google Presentation)
student guide (pdf)
Lab Report Format Template (doc)
Regional Science and
research plan (PDF)
You must get this approved before you can begin your experiment so I recommend you pass it in sooner if possible. This is a "PDF form" which means you can type information directly into document. You must then print it, sign it, and pass it in.
2013 WRSEF registration form (PDF)
Students can utilize online resources to improve communication and collaboration throughout all phases of this project.
The science fair lab notebook is the hardest, yet most important part of your project. You are required to record EVERYTHING related to your project in a notebook. It must be detailed, organized, and written in pen.
What makes a
great science project notebook?
Setting up your lab notebook (Google Presentation)
Explore these sites if you need help coming up with a topic. I have many books and science fair programs in my classroom that you can look through as well. Keep in mind that the best projects are original. If you find an interesting idea on one of these sites, change it in some way to make it your own. Do not copy it exactly!
Four Question Strategy for Developing
a Research Question
Science Fair Site
Science Fair Project
Renewable Energy Project Ideas
Renewable Energy Project Plans
Engineering Design Project Ideas
You must conduct background research into your topic so you can learn what is already known about the topic. The research will vary quite a bit depending on what you want to focus on. For each source that you find, you must write down the bibliographical information. Try to get a variety of sources including journals, magazines, books, websites, interviews, etc. All information must be recorded in your lab notebook. Use all of the resources given to you for the medieval research paper!
Background Research Plan
Ask an Expert
Media Center: Student Resources
Popular Science Magazine Archives
ChemMatters Articles by Topic
Below are some science resource sites I provide to my students. These sites contain a lot of content information on different areas of science. Some also contain science fair ideas related to that topic.
Citing Your Sources/Bibliography
OMS Media Center Bibliography Guide
Designing Your Science Fair Experiment
Design Vocabulary (doc)
Independent, Dependent, and Controlled
Setting up a Data Table (doc)
Data Analysis Tips
Summarizing your data
Create A Graph
Science Fair Display