How to Plan an Award-Winning Science Project

Just as there are methods for doing science, there are methods for planning an award-winning science project. Win the blue ribbon at the science fair through proper planning.


  • Step 1: Select a good topic Select a topic that you personally find interesting. Make sure that the project will be easy and fun to carry out.
  • TIP: Choose a well-defined topic. Otherwise, the project may become overwhelming.
  • Step 2: Do research Learn as much about the topic as you can. Look for equations and concepts that will explain your results.
  • Step 3: Develop a research plan Develop a research plan. The plan should describe the purpose of the experiment, the independent variables, your hypothesis, how you will conduct the experiment, and how you will evaluate the data.
  • Step 4: Assemble your materials Assemble everything you will need, including a research notebook.
  • Step 5: Perform the experiment Perform the experiment. Take thorough notes about what you observe, and then organize your notes and analyze your data.
  • TIP: If you run into difficulties, be persistent until you find a solution. This will impress the judges.
  • Step 6: Prepare a summary report and display Prepare a detailed report, summarizing your experiment. Create an eye-catching display for the science fair, and try to be modest when you accept your award.
  • FACT: Science Talent Search has been holding high school science fairs since 1942. First prize in 2010 was $100,000.

You Will Need

  • Interesting topic
  • Research plan
  • Assembled materials
  • Experiment
  • Summary report
  • Display
  • Well-defined topic (optional)
  • Persistence (optional)

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