The purpose of this assignment is to allow you to utilize the process skills that you have learned to design and carry out a scientific investigation related to one of the four core science disciplines of Earth science, biology, chemistry, and physics as defined in the Virginia Science Standards of Learning. The experiment you choose must be related to one of these four core areas. By actually conducting an experiment, you have the opportunity to make observations, classify variables, measure changes, predict results, infer causes of results, and communicate findings.
Each experiment should include a title, a short literature review that covers the content (with citations) that students will need to understand in order to form a hypothesis, a full description of your experimental design, a hypothesis, a listing of all variables (independent, dependent, and control), a log of observations, a graph of results, and a conclusion based on your observations and how they relate to your hypothesis. Although there is not a minimum length requirement, all areas must be thoroughly addressed.
This assignment will be completed in two parts. First, you will submit your Science Experiment Project: Proposal Assignment with the following information:
|Prior Knowledge/Research: This is the literature review with citations.|
|Prediction/Hypothesis: Put in if/then format|
|Variables: (label these as independent, dependent and control)|
|Plan/Procedure: (include a list of materials and tools with measures and a list of steps, like a recipe)|
Review the Science Experiment Project: Proposal Grading Rubric to make sure that you include all required information.
For the second part, you will submit your Science Experiment Project: Final Assignment This final paper will include the information from your Experiment Proposal (with corrections if any) and the following additional information:
|Data Analysis: (include a log of observations and graph of results)|
|Inference/Conclusion: (ties these back to the literature review in the background knowledge section and to the variables).|
Your Science Experiment Project: Final Assignment will be a total of 5–7 pages (including the pages submitted in your proposal). Review the Science Experiment Project: Final Grading Rubric to make sure that you include all required information