KSC STEM Fair Project Plan
Why do you have to do a Project Plan?
The purpose of the Project Plan is to ensure that you have started your project, and that you have all the resources you need. It's also a way for us to know that your project doesn’t have any obvious safety or ethical concerns. By doing the Project Plan form you will also learn some useful information for the format of your project.

If this is really hard for you and you need help:
We can help you. Just email us and we can meet with you to help you get your project started and fill out this form. (Loren Launen, llaunen@keene.edu, Brian Moore, bmoore3@keene.edu or Jenna Gray jenna.gray@ksc.keene.edu ).

When is it due: February 22, 2019. If you are late, let us know by email please.

How to submit? Put all the information into this Google Form. DON”T FORGET TO HIT SUBMIT. AND -Don’t forget to save a copy of all this information in your project notebook!

How do you know your Project Plan was submitted? You will get an email back within two days confirming that your plan was received.

Presenter(s): The name(s) of the student(s) doing the project. *
Your answer
Emails for student presenter(s) *
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What school/schools (including home school) do you attend? *
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Parent/guardian email address(es) *
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Parent/guardian phone number(s) *
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Project title: A one sentence title that describes your project. For example “How does a toaster work? Reverse engineering for discovery” *
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Project rationale: Why are you working on the project you chose? Include a brief summary (3-5 sentences) that explains why you are interested in this area, and why you think it’s important. *
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Project sources of information**: List at least three scientific sources for information about your project. These could be 1) science textbooks, 2) scientific magazine articles (from places like Scientific American or the Science Times section of the New York Times), 3) scientific podcasts or radio shows containing content from STEM practitioners, 4) a scientific website, or direct communication with a STEM professional (such as your grandmother who is an engineer). If your source is a person give their full name and what kind of STEM professional they are please. **If you are unsure of whether your sources are scientific, please email and we’ll help you figure that out. *
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Research Questions: What are you trying to determine or learn about with your project? Here are some examples of how you could phrase this: 1) How is a certain gene related to an organism’s phenotype? (How is geneX responsible for or involved with diseaseX?) 2) What are the nutritional needs and habits of a particular organism? 3) What is Pascal’s triangle and how can it be applied to an engineering problem? (and state the engineering problem). 4) How does a toaster work and can I figure this out by reverse engineering one? 5) Can I design and build a device to do a particular task? The research question might be the same as your title, but please give a little more information here. *
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Does your project have an hypothesis (note that some projects don't need an hypothesis, that's ok). If no, say no. If yes, say yes and state. *
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Project Outcomes: What is it that you are hoping to accomplish? Examples of what a summary of project outcomes are here: 1) “I am going to research the nutritional needs of domesticated horses and how those needs are met by farmers. I am going to include how the horse digestive system works with a picture. I will include a nutritional analysis of different types of hay and common grains. I will explain the condition called “colic” and how it can be avoided and treated.” or 2) “I am going to explain how a toaster works. Working with a mentor and being careful that the toaster is not plugged in, I will take a toaster apart, and photograph and identify all of the materials inside the toaster. I will then re-build the toaster, also taking photos of the process. I will then test to see if the toaster works (with adult supervision). I will make a diagram showing all of the parts of the toaster and include this on my poster board.” *
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What are you going to include on your 36 inch tall x 48 inch wide tri-fold poster board? (note that we can provide you with a poster board)This might be similar to what you wrote for the project outcome, and that’s ok. Give more detail if it helps you explain what the poster board will look like. Its ok if you draw or write things by hand, as long as they are readable. *
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Are you planning on bringing your actual project materials, or other types of props, to include in your project? (These have to be small enough to fit on a table in front of your poster board in about 3 square feet of space. Also note that you cannot have chemicals, animals or flame in the presentation area). For example, will you bring a tablet with a video of your project? Or an example of a model alligator habitat you are designing for a zoo that might be building an alligator enclosure? *
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How will you record information on your project as you do the work? Will it be a paper notebook? Or an electronic notebook like a Google sheet? Your notebook should contain information on how you did the project, where you got materials from, and who helped you. It should list all your sources. *
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How will you show the judges your project notebook? If its a paper notebook you will bring the notebook. If its an electronic notebook you will need to have the link to the notebook readily displayed on your poster board so judges can pull it up on their phones or tablets. Say which you will do. *
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Who is helping you on your project, and how are they helping you? Please list all the people who will be helping you, and what you will be asking them to help you with. Remember these people should be thanked in a section called ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS on your poster board. *
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Are you using any chemicals in your project? (other than water). If no, say no, if yes, list the chemicals. *
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Are you using electricity in your project? If no, say no. If yes, please say how. *
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Are you using any flame or very high (or low) temperatures in your project? If no, say no. If yes, explain briefly. *
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Are there any hazards other than chemicals, flame, high/low temperatures or electricity that you can identify, tell us what they are. If no, say no. If yes, briefly explain. *
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Are you using any non-human vertebrate animals in your project? If no, say no. If yes, please explain briefly. *
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Data Analysis: How can you include measurements for your project? If possible, include numbers and state how you will do this. That might be a table that gives the percent of protein in the hay we feed horses. Or it might be one or more calculations, or measurements such as how high the cupcakes made with different amounts of baking soda “rose”. Think about how you could measure things, and include numbers where you can. This will be more complex for some projects than others and that’s ok. *
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