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BHS_9thScienceFair: Overview



Getting Started on the Honors Science Project
Today you are going to learn about the resources that we have in our LMC, how to effectively search for resources and the Internet and what the rules and regulations are for your Honors Project. You will also start to search for your topic idea and begin developing the question that you will try to answer with your Honors Project. Use this time well!

Part One: 
Mr VIP (the person in charge of the LMC) or Mr Overgaard will show you what resources we have available outside and in the LMC.  Take notes below on what he tells you –  you will get a ton of useful information. Here are a few questions that you should make sure that you get answers to:

What resources does the LMC have? (List the names, where to find them and what information they have.)

What is a secondary source?

What is a primary source?

Where can I learn how to cite sources for my research paper?

How do you design better Internet searches?

Part Two: 

Go to the following website:

This is the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) website. This will link you to their rules and guidelines which is what we follow. This page has the rule book and all of the forms that you will use on your project.  Read page 2. Write down the nine steps in a science fair project (in the “Getting Started” section). Read the “Getting Started” section. List the 9 steps and briefly describe them.










Part Three: Finding a Topic
It is time for you to start looking for a topic for your project. This is the HARDEST step because you have so many different areas to choose from. You really need to find a topic that you are interested in and that you want to learn more about. Please note that your project must be in the areas of physics and/or chemistry. Your job in this section is to write down 5 project ideas/topic areas that you are interested in.These might be actual questions that you want to answer or just topic areas that interest you. Here are some sites to get you started:

AH Stem fair link:

Science Daily:


Science News:
(This site is a great resource for you. This page highlights different areas of science. Look at the top of the page and click on the “SciFair Zone” link. Spend some time at this page looking at actual projects and going through the various links.) (This is the site for our District Fair. Isn’t that picture awesome? Check out their sources for 6-12 projects. There are some really good web pages listed there.)
(This site has current Science articles that you might find interesting.)

(This site has current Science articles that you might find interesting.)

Search for sites/topics on your own. Use what you learned from Mrs. Evans to search for sites of your own. Remember to think of things that interest you (hobbies, activities, etc.). The Honors Project works best when you choose a topic that you are interested in and a question that you really want to know the answer to. Starting today, you need to work on your Honors Project a minimum of 1 hour/ week outside of school. Picking a topic is the toughest part of the whole process. 


LMC Procedures

The Library Media Center is open daily from 7:10am until 2:50pm. During the school day, students need passes to be in the Media Center, or must be with a teacher.

Books may be checked out from the Media Center for three weeks. When you are done with a book, or after three weeks, please return the book to the Media Center. You may also renew the book for an additional period of time.

Most reference books and multi-media materials can only be checked out for one day.

We have a variety of tools and resources that can be found online and are available all day, every day. Go to the BHS website and click on Media Center to find these tools and resources.

Click here to get to the BHS website: