Essential Question: How can you use your science fair project to define a problem in your local environment and follow the tasks necessary to create and carry out scientific investigations and reach a valid conclusion that can be defended?
Objectives: By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:
- Define a problem from the 6th-8th grade curriculum; use appropriate reference materials to support scientific understanding; plan and carry out scientific investigation of various types, such as systematic observations or experiments; identify variables; collect and organize data; interpret data in charts, tables and graphics; analyze information, make predictions and defend conclusions
- Recognize the role of creativity in constructing scientific questions, methods and explanations
- Explain how scientific knowledge and reasoning provide an empirically based perspective to inform society's decision-making