Choosing a Topic
- The experimentation behind a science project is what is significant. It is not the choice of the topic that is important, but the way the project is handled.
- Choose something that interests you. There is nothing worse than working on something you do not enjoy.
- Be realistic about the amount of time needed and available.
- Remember that all projects must answer a definite scientific question or solve a problem.
- Start early; do not wait until the last minute.
COMMON SAFETY ISSUES TO AVOID DURING YOUR EXPERIMENT
1) Microbiology experiments must be completed in a certified laboratory. (A letter from the laboratory is required on the company or university letterhead. Place it with your Science Fair report.)
2) No Wild Cultures (Cultures may be purchased from a reputable science company. Keep the receipt and place it with your Science Fair report.)
3) Testing students under 18 years old REQUIRES a SIGNED parent permission slip.
4) For food "taste test" projects, the permission slip must list the following:
a. ALL ingredients in food being consumed (items listed on the food's label.)
b. The amount of food being consumed must be listed.
c. The permission slip must ask the parent to list any student allergy information.
d. The student is required to have an "up-to-date" physical form on file at school.
5) The following items CANNOT be used in an experiment:
a. meat (raw, cooked, or processed)
b. no wild cultures (includes any bacteria, fungi - including baker's yeast)
c. no teeth (unless autoclaved by a dentist, a letter must accompany the report.)
d. no fermentation experiments
6) Note the following precautions during the experiment:
a. Composting - wearing safety goggles, gloves, and a mask are required.
b. Eggs can be used, boiled eggs are encouraged vs. using raw eggs
**If you have questions, please contact the Safety Coordinator (use the "About Us" tab)