Ideally, your project should have the following elements:
Project data book - The project data book should have accurate and detailed notes of your research.
Synopsis - This is a summary of your idea and should include the purpose of the experiment, procedure used, data, and conclusion.
Research paper - A research paper should be prepared and must be available along with the project data book with relevant written material. A research paper helps organize data as well as thoughts.
A good paper includes the following sections:
a. Title page:
Centre the project title, and put your name, address, school, and grade at the bottom right
b. Table of Contents:
Include a page number for the beginning of each section
The introduction sets the stage for your report. The introduction includes your hypothesis, an explanation of what prompted your research and what you hoped to achieve
This section describes how you did the study. Describe in detail the methodology used to collect your data or make your observations. Your report should be detailed enough for someone to be able to repeat the experiment from the information in your paper.
Include photographs or drawings of self-designed equipment. Also specify the material used in the study. The research work conducted by you may have taken more than a year. In such case, include this year's work only.
This is the essence of your paper. The results and conclusions should flow smoothly and logically from your data. Be thorough. Allow your readers to see your train of thought, letting them know exactly what you did. Compare your results with theoretical values, published data and expected results.
Include a discussion of possible errors. How did the data vary between repeated observations of a similar event? How were your results affected by uncontrolled events? What would you do differently if you were to repeat this project? What other experiments should be conducted?
This section describes the findings and conclusion of the project. Briefly summarize your results. Be specific, do not generalize. Never introduce anything in the conclusion that has not been discussed.
You should always credit those who assisted you, including individuals, business and educational or research institutions. Identify any financial support or material donations received, but do not put it on the display board.
h. Reference list:
Your reference list should include any documentation that is not your own (i.e. books, journal articles, include specific internet urls).