- Due: Thursday, May 11th
- Your final report will include these sections:
- Title page.
- Abstract. An abstract is an abbreviated version of your final report.
- Table of contents.
- Experimental design section: list question, hypothesis, variables, constants, and control (should be completed already).
- Background research. This is the Research paper you wrote before you started your experiment. (should be completed already)
- Materials list. (should be completed already)
- Experimental procedure. (should be completed already)
- Data analysis and discussion. This section is a summary of what you found out in your experiment, focusing on your observations, data table, and graph(s), which should be included at this location in the report.
- Visuals: pictures or video of you conducting the experiment/completing your engineering project (required for the project to be accepted)
- Sentence 1 – Answer the question.
- Sentence 2 – State whether your hypothesis was right or wrong.
- Body Sentences – Make inferences from your data. Explain and interpret the data. Don’t just restate what you data says; tell what it means.
- Concluding sentence – Summarize your findings.
- Acknowledgments. This is your opportunity to thank anyone who helped you with your science fair project, from a single individual to a company or government agency. (optional)
- Bibliography. (should be completed already)
- For those having trouble with the bibliography and internal citations, I have some resources:
- We will write the abstract section last, even though it will be one of the first sections of your final report. I will provide very detailed instructions in class on how to write the abstract.
- Take a look at a sample final paper.
- Final papers must be submitted through Turnitin.com
If you’d like a quick check on whether your work constitutes plagiarism, run your text through this free plagiarism checker.
*VERY IMPORTANT – Just because your paper comes back clear on an online plagiarism check website, it does not mean you have not plagiarized. All it means is that this checker did not find any plagiarism. These checkers do not check all online sources. It’s not foolproof, but its a good way to to know if there are problems that are easy to identify.*
If you are confused as to what constitutes plagiarism, read this very detailed guide. This is the most important part:
“Paraphrasing means taking another person’s ideas and putting those ideas in your own words. Paraphrasing does NOT mean changing a word or two in someone else’s sentence, changing the sentence structure while maintaining the original words, or changing a few words to synonyms. If you are tempted to rearrange a sentence in any of these ways, you are writing too close to the original. That’s plagiarizing, not paraphrasing” (writingcenter.unc.edu/).