Project 2 - Science Project Proposal

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): David Antle
Keith Fagan
Brian Hodder
School: LeGallais Memorial
P.O. Box 170
Isle aux Morts, NF
Grade Level: Grades 7-9
Number of Students: 50
Project Start and Finish Dates: Early December 1998
Early March 1999
Project's URL:

  Project Overview

Research of the literature is important for both finding a science project idea and developing that idea into a sound scientific inquiry. There is a large number of WWW sites that list science project ideas. You will be given class time in both computers and Science to find a science project idea. Once you have found an idea or topic you must do some background research to see what information is available. This information will help you focus your project into a research question that is answerable. This science project proposal consists of two parts, an oral presentation and a written proposal. Every science project must be approved to ensure it meets the standards required of Jr. Mgh s students and to ensure it meets the safety standards for school students.

Oral Presentation
Both partners are required to stand in front of class and give a brief description of the project they have planned. The presentation must involve both partners, touch on the criteria outlined below. The presentation will be marked for posture, eye contact, posture, content and preparedness. This may be done during Language class so the language teacher can grade your quality of communication for credit in Language.
Written Presentation
Only one copy of the proposal must be passed in. It must be passed in on the same day the presentation is given. The written proposal must contain the same information as the oral presentation. It should be typed but this is not a requirement. The length may vary from 2 pages to 5 pages but in any event it should be neat, well written and presented well.
Proposal Criteria
Your proposal must include, but is not limited to the following items.
  1. Title
  2. Internet sites visited
  3. Purpose
  4. Outline of procedure
  5. Hypothesis
  6. Materials
  7. Background research completed
  8. Important implications from your project

  Curriculum Connections

Main Curriculum Areas?
This project directly addresses three Curriculum areas:
Junior I-High Science
Computer technology
School Curriculum Plans?
Our previous projects fit well with our school improvement goals of integrating computers across the curriculum and Language development. Let those goals remain constant. Our focus this year is moving towards increasing time on task and making the student work meaningful. This project directly addresses that goal. The integration of three different curricular areas into one project means the students will be given more time to work on a significant project. Students are like the rest of us if let them know it is important by providing significant amounts of class time and credit they will respond with work that will amaze us. We have seen this before with science projects. This project adds the technology requirement which serves to heighten the interest level and provides cutting edge information.
Provincial Curriculum Objectives
One full unit of work in the Junior high science program is a science project. The specific objectives include:
  • Researching Literature for relevant information before Hypothesizing
  • Developing experiments
  • Deeper investigation into areas of interest for individual students
  • Development of scientific processes such as hypothesizing, predicting, inferring etc.
Language objectives in the Jr. High school include discerning relevant information, oral communication and expository writing. This project is a great opportunity to meet these objectives as well as those for oral communication.
The curriculum for computer education in Jr. High is currently under revision. However our computer science teacher does require students to develop skills in the use of Internet search engines and manipulation of that information once it is found.

  Resource Connections

How will Stellar schools Connection Help? We have been promoting science activity through science projects now for quite some time. We spent about $1,000 in books with science project ideas. Over the years the students get tired of looking through the same old books. It is very expensive to buy new books yearly and quite frankly often times the duplication makes it hardly worth while. The variety of project ideas on the web is tremendous. We did some dabbling this year. Furthermore when students want to investigate topics like Dolly, the cloned sheep, there are precious few books that are available. The information students need to day is current information. Especially in the field of science & technology where new information is being developed and published daily. We would not have access to this current information without our Stellar schools connection.
Other Resources?
Often times our students like to create power point presentations as a part of their science projects or even for their proposal. It will not be mandatory for students to use Power point for presentations they often do. The spread sheets are commonly used as well in the analysis of data during the science project itself.


Learning Outcomes
  1. Innovative science project ideas modified from the information found on the web.
  2. Sound hypothesis based on current research
  3. Improved web searching skills.
  4. Improved public speaking skills.
The science project and the science project proposal are evaluated for a large proportion of the students term 2 mark in science. The presentation and proposal will be evaluated as one of many assignments in Language. The web search results will be evaluated as a project in computer class.

  Project Summary

Summaries will be added as they become available.

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