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FAQ for Annual Day Projects
by Krishna Srikrishna - Monday, 19 February 2018, 10:40 AM
 
Question: If 4 kids come up with 4 different project ideas related to YESC curriculum which one I should select as a coach.


Answer:
Please help the kids compare the projects and choose the best project for their team.

Could you help them realize that their team would benefit if they work together on one science project idea ? Each kid could do something special even if the idea originally came from anther kid.
List all the projects and make two columns and let the kids identify pros and cons of each project and list them in the column.
- Pros could be - it is lot of fun, nobody may have done this before, the problem is worth solving as it has large impact on today's society, maybe they could do a field trip to a related place.
- Cons could be - may require a very large sample or may take in the order of months to do experiments, observations cannot be quantified with necessary resolution with equipment available, they need expensive supplies available in a well-equipped lab, adults need to be always present to supervise safety.
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Re: FAQ for Annual Day Projects
by Krishna Srikrishna - Monday, 5 March 2018, 08:52 AM
 
Question: Some of the kids in our team are interested in building a model while some are interested in doing an experiment. What is recommended for the annual day project ?

Answer:
We can learn a lot from building a model, however we recommend that you do an experiment!

Why?
Experiments are fun, and are more interesting and actually take you through the SCIENTIFIC METHOD, which is the way scientists learn in real science labs!

Here's a reference that your team could refer to to understand the scientific method. It also has a slide that answers the question above

http://northport.k12.ny.us/backpack/getfile.aspx?id=177898
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Re: FAQ for Annual Day Projects
by Krishna Srikrishna - Tuesday, 13 March 2018, 11:17 AM
 
Here's a useful reference for your team when deciding what is a good hypothesis to test with experiments.

https://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/science-fair/writing-a-hypothesis
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Re: FAQ for Annual Day Projects
by Krishna Srikrishna - Saturday, 31 March 2018, 01:22 PM
 
Another question from a coach
Q. Can you give me a sense for what goes in the project abstract ? Any guidelines / examples?


A. Abstract is easier to write when the project is completed as that would be a nice summary of the project results and conclusions. At this time (for April first week) the teachers would like the team to provide a brief outline of why your team wanted to do this project. Please try to explain what issue(s) motivated you or why you decided to choose to do this project and then write down the problem statement or hypothesis question(s). You can describe briefly your plan i.e experiments your team would like to do test the hypothesis. You may state in addition how the results of your work would help solve the problem stated earlier.

Here's an example:
All of us like more powerful and longer lasting batteries, but we wanted to understand whether battery life is impacted by the speed of the current drain? This project looks at which AA battery maintains its voltage for the longest period of time in low, medium, and high current drain devices. The batteries were tested in a CD player (low drain device), a flashlight (medium drain device), and a camera flash (high drain device) by measuring the battery voltage (dependent variable) at different time intervals (independent variable) for each of the battery types in each of the devices. My hypothesis was that Energizer would last the longest in all of the devices tested. The experimental results supported my hypothesis by showing that the Energizer performs with increasing superiority, the higher the current drain of the device. The experiment also showed that the heavy-duty non-alkaline batteries do not maintain their voltage as long as either alkaline battery at any level of current drain.