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Painless Science Projects

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This book was written for kids who find science courses—and especially, science projects—daunting. Author Faith Hickman Brynie promises that she will show them "how to carry out a project that's as much fun as a day at the beach." Her opening chapter tells how to ask good science questions and shape them into promising plans for a project. Chapter 2 offers guidance in transforming an idea into a logical design that's safe, practical, and affordable. Succeeding chapters instruct on collecting and organizing data, ...

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Overview

This book was written for kids who find science courses—and especially, science projects—daunting. Author Faith Hickman Brynie promises that she will show them "how to carry out a project that's as much fun as a day at the beach." Her opening chapter tells how to ask good science questions and shape them into promising plans for a project. Chapter 2 offers guidance in transforming an idea into a logical design that's safe, practical, and affordable. Succeeding chapters instruct on collecting and organizing data, writing a report or giving an oral presentation, building a display, and improving a project as it evolves. She also provides helpful checklists on topics ranging from safety to seeking expert help. Kids learn to enjoy doing original science projects, rather than merely repeating experiments taken from books. Middle school and high school students who think they hate science will change their minds in a hurry when they use this book.

Provides guidelines for preparing a science project, including choosing a topic, doing research, collecting and testing data, and presenting the final product.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764105951
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/1998
  • Series: Painless Series
  • Pages: 276
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Chapter 1 Hit the Ground Running 1
Idea Hunt 3
Narrow the Field 10
Kinds of Projects 21
What's a Hypothesis? 29
Ten Surefire Ways to Ruin Your Science Project 36
Chapter 2 Fact Finding 49
Prospecting for Information 52
Citing Your Sources 63
How Useful Is It? 66
Record Keeping 72
Getting Help 74
Traps and Trip Wires: Common Problems to Avoid 77
Chapter 3 The Fair Test 85
Variables and Controls 89
Bias 93
Ways to Measure 97
Ways to Sample: How Many Are Enough? 114
Chapter 4 Collect and Analyze Data 137
Writing a Procedure 139
Data Tables 146
Number Crunching I: For Beginners 153
Number Crunching II: Advanced Techniques 160
Graphs 169
Advice from Kids Who've Been There, Done That 198
Chapter 5 Tell the World What You've Found 209
Your Written Report 212
Your Display 230
Your Oral Presentation 234
What Teachers and Judges Look For 237
What Next? 240
Chapter 6 A Dozen Dandy Checklists to Move Your Project Along 245
Do-It-Yourself Plan and Schedule 247
What Am I Learning? Watch Your Knowledge and Skills Grow 249
Safety First 251
Simple Substitutes 255
Supplies and Materials You Thought You Couldn't Get 256
The Metric System 258
Looking for Help? Have You Considered These Experts? 260
Checklist for Tables and Graphs 261
Do Not Display 262
How Can I Help? A Checklist for Parents, Teachers, and Mentors 264
Organizations and Agencies 265
Scientific Supply Houses 270
Index 273
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