Of course, there are also the kids whose parents do the entire project for them. I remember one that involved hamsters, light sensors, and a computer program that tracked which side of the cage the hamsters spent most of their time. At least the kid was honest enough to tell us that he didn't really understand how it worked because his dad had put it together! I'm sure a kid following the directions for a published science fair project would have learned more!
Google has now taken the science fair one step further and has set up a global science fair "looking for the brightest, best young scientists from around the world to submit interesting, creative projects that are relevant to the world today." The submissions must be in the form of a 2 minute video or 20 slide presentation and include the following elements:
- About me/the Team: Initial introduction to the Entrant/Team and explanation of what winning would mean to them.
- Project question: The scientific question about their hypothesis.
- Hypothesis: Leading on from the question.
- Research and Works cited: The research conducted to help them shape their question and hypothesis and to put their work into a relevant, real-world context.
- Experiment: Demonstration, using good experimental techniques, including a detailed description of the experiment.
- Data: Collected during the experiment to support a conclusion, recorded accurately and precisely, and presented clearly.
- Observations: Description of the patterns or trends supported by the data.
- Conclusion: An explanation of how the experiment answers the question or why it fails to do so and whether or not it supports the hypothesis.
- Bibliography, References and Acknowledgements: References for sources of information that they have consulted and/or referenced and acknowledge any assistance received