SCIENCE INVESTIGATORY PROJECT

SCIENCE INVESTIGATORY PROJECT

 

-         an investigation about a scientific problem (question);

-         a problem-solving process using the scientific method.

 

PHASES OF CONDUCTING AN INVESTIGATORY PROJECT

 

PHASE I : THE PROPOSAL (20 points)

The proposal is a detailed written plan of how the project will be done. It is like designing an experiment. Since it is yet to be done, the future tense of the verbs is used.

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††††††††††††††††††††††† It contained the following parts:

I.                    PROBLEM

a.       It is stated as a question/scientific inquiry.

II.                 TITLE

a.       It is patterned from the question, however it must contain only the essential words.

III.               RATIONALE

a.       The background of the problem. It answers the following questions:

1.         How did you arrive at that kind of problem?

2.         Why do you like to investigate that kind of problem where in fact there are hundreds of problems out there?

IV.              MATERIALS

a.       What are the things you need in solving your problem? Are you going to buy them or just borrow?

V.                PROCEDURE

a.       What are the orderly steps you are going to do to solve your problem?

b.      How are you going to present the data that you will gather? Will it be through graphs or tables?

VI.              IMPLICATION

a.       In case your problem will be solved, what will be its importance to the school or to the community? Will your findings benefit others?

VII.           TIME TABLE

a.       How are you going to schedule the making of your project against the deadline set by your teacher? Are your schedules attainable?

VIII.         BUDGET

a.       How much each material you need costs in the market?

b.      How much are you going to spend for the project as a group? How much will be the contribution of each member?

c.       Do your parents approve your budget? Did your leader inform them about the possible expenses through a letter?

IX.              PROPONENTS

a.       Who propose the project? The group names appear here.

 

PHASE II: THE INVESTIGATION (20 points)

-         as soon as your proposal is approved you can now start investigating. Your procedure will be your guide. Keep track of all your observations and data by placing them on a table. Document also your works by photographs, videos, etc.

 

PHASE III. THE OUTPUT (60 points)

-         after conducting the investigation you are now ready to organize your gathered data and present your findings. The output has three levels:

 

1. THE WRITTEN REPORT (30 points)

a.         A recall of all the things you did to solve your problem. The mode of the verb is in the past tense.

IT HAS THE FOLLOWING PARTS

1. PROBLEM

2. TITLE

3. ABSTRACT

a.         Sometimes judges do not have time to study all the details of your work, they only read the abstract, thus itís called the SHOW WINDOW of your project. It must contain brief explanation of the following:

1.         Purpose of the study

2.         Procedure

3.         Findings

3. INTRODUCTION

a.         Just enrich your proposalís rationale. It makes a good introduction.

4. REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE

a.         This contains findings of other studies or investigations similar as yours.

5. PROCEDURE

a.         Two parts of the proposal are combined here:

a.       MATERIALS

b.      PROCEDURE

You must explain in details the things you did to solve the problem. The proposal procedure is your guide in making this portion.

††††††††††††††††††††††† 6. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION

a.         This shows the data you have gathered arranged or presented in tables or graphs. The data must already speak of the whole thing (general).

b.        You must discuss too the results. What do those data mean?

7. CONCLUSION

a.         This briefly states the immediate answer/findings about the problem.

8. RECOMMENDATION

a.         If others would be doing your project, what would you advise them?

9. RESEARCHERS

a.         Your names

10. ADVISER

a.         Your Science teacherís name

 

II. THE EXHIBIT (20 points)

It is a showcase of your IP mounted on a board (to be explained by your teacher). It must attract viewers so that they may get interested to your IP.

 

III. THE ORAL DEFENSE (20 points)

You will present your work to a panel of judges and they will ask you questions about your project.

 

 

Example of time table:

 

TASKS

TARGET DATE

TEACHERíS DEADLINE

1. Submission of Problem and Title

 

 

2. Writing the IP Proposal

 

 

3. Submission of IP Proposal

 

 

4. Invetigation Period

 

 

5. Submission of Gathered data

 

 

6. Writing the IP Written Report

 

 

7. Submission of IP Written Report

 

 

8. Making the Exhibit Board

 

 

9. Preparing for the Oral Defense

 

 

 

 

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