10th grade science fair projects are really great for improving sophomores for the types of science coursework they will be exposed to in college. It is because of this that science teachers that teach the 10th grade will want to incorporate science fair projects into their curriculum. These projects can be added as a class project or as an extra credit project.
Objectives and Goals
The objective of 10th grade science fair projects is to develop the skills needed to conduct scientific research. By the conclusion of the project the students will need to know how to select a topic for research, how to conduct background research, how to develop a hypothesis, how to develop an experiment, how to collect data and how to draw conclusions from their data. The goal of this lesson will be to encourage students to explore the field of science on their own.
Anticipatory Work Set
Before you can set your students free to work on their science fair projects you first need to introduce the components of a science fair project. You will want to start by introducing the scientific method. This can be done by reading material in the class textbook. Next you will want to go over the various parts in a science fair project report. This can be done by reading scientific journal articles. These articles will show students what parts are required and how detailed they need to be.
After providing your students with the background information that they need for their projects your next step will be to have them complete a practice activity. For this activity you can have them practice writing up a science project report after completing a simple experiment in class. The students will be graded based on their completion of the experiment and their ability to document the steps in the scientific method that they complete.
To follow up and reinforce the skills that were taught in this lesson you can assign a homework project. This homework project will include developing a proposal for a 10th grade science fair project. This proposal will be set up just like a science project report. The students will need to complete the report, addressing each step in the scientific process. For most of the report they will need to predict what will happen. You can have the students work alone or in teams to complete this project. However, the goal will be to turn the proposals into actual science fair projects.