HONORS BIOLOGY SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT
FINAL PROJECT DUE DATE: ____________
*** THIS PROJECT IS REQUIRED AND IS WORTH 2 SUMMATIVE TEST GRADES !!!
***OFFICIAL RULES WEBSITE:
I. Background information
A. Purpose of the project: for students to experience first hand the entire scientific research process from start to finish.
B. Science fair projects include the following key components: (as adapted from the official rule book from the above
1. Project notebook - containing:
a. Abstract on official form –this is sometimes overlooked, be careful!
B. Minimum of 3 other official forms completed prior to beginning
experimentation (more if project deals with certain types of topics)
C. Research paper or report
2. Log book
A. Consists of a bound (stitched or glued) book of detailed entries kept during the entire course of the
B. Must have physical evidence that you have been working on the project (i.e. photographs, receipts from
C. Must be written in ink - no computer generated log books accepted!
They do not need to be neat!!!!
1.) These entries are your notes!!!
D. Must show dated entries
e. Is a "running record” of everything you did, and includes:
1.) Notes on contact people
2.) Readings and bibliographic information
3.) Research plan
4.) Thoughts on progress
5.) Problems you have
6.) Directions you followed
7.) Raw data
8.) Thoughts about results
9.) What could you do to develop the project further
10.) How does your project have impact on science/society
3. Visual display
A. 3-sided back board that shows what you have done and the results you have obtained.
4. Written report –
a. Paper mechanics: your paper must be:
1. Times new roman font, size 10 or 12, double spaced
2. 5 – 6 pages long (body of paper) (title page, table of contents and reference page
do not count in this 5-6 pages)
3. Include a separate title page (title of project, your name, class, school, date)
4. Include a separate table of contents – identify where each part of the lab report is
located in the body of your paper.
5. Include a separate reference page in proper MLA format, and that has your
entries in alphabetical order. (see me if you do not know how to do this!)