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June 7, 2010 / milesandhisfavorites

How To Survive School: Projects

Hello, Miles here, and I’m gonna be making a new miniseries based on Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide.  The series will be full of tips on everything from science projects to popularity.  Plus, you can comment in your own tips.  So here it is: the guide to projects.

Okay, here’s the scenario: your teacher tells you that you have to create a science project using the scientific method, and it’s due in two weeks.  First of all, what the heck is the scientific method?  It’s the process that real scientists use in experiments every day.  So to get started, just read the following.

THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD

  1. First, come up with an idea for an experiment you can test.  This does NOT include blowing stuff up in the microwave.
  2. Then come up with a hypothesis, or a scientifically supported prediction on what will happen.
  3. Research your project topic thoroughly.
  4. Do the experiment.  Here’s a little tip: it’s a good idea to repeat the experiment several times to make sure you get your facts straight.
  5. Come to a conclusion.  Was your hypothesis correct?

After getting that all figured out, get working on your presentation.  You’ll need:

  • A trifold
  • A record of your experiment, like the question, hypothesis, procedure and conclusion
  • Charts, graphs and data of all sorts to represent your findings
  • Pictures from your project
  • Lots of tape or glue

Now organize the things listed above on the trifold using the tape or glue.  Rehearse a short speech explaining your experiment, and get ready to present!  Practice lots, and good luck!


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  1. Sue / Jun 8 2010 10:32 am

    Miles – these are great tips! My son is in 5th grade this year and it seems like there is a project every month! The hardest part about projects is working in a group. Any tips for handling bossy girls or friends who won’t do their share of the work?

  2. Rachel / Jun 8 2010 10:42 am

    Dear Miles,

    Thank you for your very informative article. I will bookmark your suggestions for when Jessica is old enough to have to do science projects at school – I’m sure she will want to read them and learn as well.

    Your friends in Melbourne,
    Rachel, Anthony, Jessica and Lily

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