Science Fair Logbooks Keeping a Logbook One of
Science Fair Logbooks
Keeping a Logbook One of the most important aspects of doing a science fair project is documentation. Every experiment should be reproducible and the entries in your notes should be sufficient for someone else to reproduce the experiment.
Keeping a Logbook You will work out your thinking and the development of your problem in the notebook. The scientific notebook is a bound or spiral book with pages that are not removable. The validity of your documentation partly depends upon insuring the work has not been tampered with or pages removed.
Setting up a Logbook
Step 1 Write your name on the front inside cover of the logbook. Use a pencil to record all information in the log book. On Page 1 write: Your name Your partner’s name (if you are in a team) Title of your project Goshen Elementary School Teacher: Ms. N. Jones
Step 2 Number the front of every page in order at the upper corner. 25
Step 3 Leave Page 2 blank. BLA NK
Step 4 On Page 3 -4, write the Table of Contents: Table of Contents Example Choosing a Project……………Page 5 Literary Research……. Page Daily Log………………. . . ……. Page Experimental Research. . ……. Page
Step 6 Choosing a Project – Page 5 Record all project ideas. For your accepted topic provide: A project overview of your topic Problem (in the form of a question) Hypothesis (If… then…)
Step 7 Literary Research Record any reference sources used for your research paper. Add your research paper into this section. Leave a couple pages to include any future research that needs to be recorded (websites, books, notes, etc. ).
Step 8 Daily Log Record what you do every time you work on your science fair project. Start each entry on a new page. Date each entry.
Step 9 Experimental Research Add your procedure into the beginning of this section. This section includes: Data Observations Graphs Analysis of your results after each trial
General Guidelines Record everything - no detail is insignificant. Cross out mistakes with a single line (do not cover up the entire entry – whiteout, marker, etc. ).
General Guidelines Tape, staple, or glue computer print-outs, photographs, etc. into the logbook. You should take pictures throughout the experimentation phase of your project for your logbook and display board. Do not include faces on your pictures.
General Guidelines Research: List the websites, articles or book used as resources to complete the project.