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This year’s science fair is coming! This means you need to double the amount of caffeine you consume daily, reduce the amount of sleep even more, and start posting sad pictures about how tired you are, but how you can’t abandon your exciting science fair research paper. Okay, evil jokes aside, we all know that creating a great project for the science fair is always a great challenge, and we are going to help you win on every level. We are not saying that you need to follow this guide, which is better described as “notes of a mad person,” but we hope that you will find some useful information and witty tricks that will help you deal with your project more easily. We believe that science can and should be fun!
Before you start, there are three important things to consider to avoid further difficulties:
You need to be honest with yourself, and by that, we mean that you need to fully comprehend the consequences of your choices. Okay, smart talk aside – what we mean is that if you decide to write your research paper for a science fair the night before the fair, the only ones you will impress will be your adenosine receptors by the amount of coffee you will consume. You get the point, right? Plan accordingly and start in advance.
2) The main idea.
A great idea makes a great research paper for a science fair, so if you want to leave everyone standing in awe and applauding, you need to put effort into finding an original, yet relatively easy to implement idea. There’s no doubt that building a time machine sounds exciting, but it may take more than your lifetime. And really, does your science fair require such sacrifices? Choose something interesting, but not something that will leave you with no money, motivation, and energy at the end of the project. All you need now is to have a little scientific fun, not break the laws of physics.
Now you have a fantastic idea, which can be implemented in this universe without breaking several laws of physics. It’s time to create a checklist and purchase or find all the necessary materials for your project. First of all, remember that you may make a mistake (and normally there are plenty of them when dealing with science), so double a number of materials you need for one project, so messing up won’t become a dramatic end to your project. Secondly, plan your budget accordingly. Thanks to the Internet you can look up the price of nearly anything you may need in your project. And don’t forget to be careful while working with strong chemicals, hot surfaces, etc. Your project presentation needs you to be successful!
Now that you know what to write about, and that it is inevitable (sometimes they call it motivation, but we call it “college problems”), it’s time to figure out how to write.
Okay, we know that you feel nauseous when someone near you mentions the importance of planning and writing outlines to your academic paper. Unfortunately, there’s little we can do about writing an outline. You need it anyway to create a concise and logical science fair research paper. But that doesn’t always mean you need to die of boredom. If you hate ordinary plans, try creative mindmapping! It’s entertaining, productive and helps you stay focused for a longer period of time. And you will have an excuse to buy all the fine stationery you have dreamed about.
2) Free writing.
We all know what is the most difficult part about writing any academic papers – it’s the beginning. You may have either plenty of ideas, or not even a single one, but you can’t think of a good way to start your paper. Don’t worry, there’s a good cure for the obnoxious writer’s block – we advise you to try free writing. All that you have to do is to sit down and write everything that comes to your head.
You may ask: “How can this help with creating a research paper for a science fair?” It is true that at first, your thoughts are not likely to be connected with anything scientific, but all you need to do is steer your mind slightly to the realm of facts and natural laws, and soon you will find yourself with the first draft of your paper. Well, maybe it’s not that easy, but it still works.
3) Aiding material.
This is the most interesting part about any science fair research paper, and this is actually why science fairs were invented – to give students an opportunity to create a weird-looking device which will break at the most important moment and gain them a nickname which will last until graduation. Are you already scared? Don’t worry, if you work a little bit harder, you will avoid such an unpleasant occurrence.
Try to make most of your aiding material add new information to the text of your report or presentation. This is why it is called “aiding,” supposing that you won’t just print out the presentation text and hand copies to your audience. The perfect situation is a short presentation of your project, and then a demonstration of the experiment. After that, your listeners can ask questions, ask to repeat the experiment themselves if it is repeatable, and admire your work in other ways. Success!
Whether you hate science fairs and projects or admire them and count the days until the next one, share your opinions and experiences in the comment section below. If you have great advice and great insights on research paper writing for a science fair, or academic writing at all, feel free to share it – it may help students who are facing the same problems.