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Creating a Science Fair Project Step 8 – Analyze and Interpret Your Results

You have collected your data for your science fair project. Now you need to analyze and interpret your results.

(This article is the eighth in a series of 10 which walks a student and his parent through creating a science fair project. See the end of this post for links to the other articles. )

Analyze and Interpret Your Results

After you have collected your data, you need to organize it so you can see what the data is telling you. This is usually done by creating a summary table or graph. If your study is a collection, create a table or diagram which shows distinguishing characteristics, identity, or relationships. If your study is an observation, use a summary data sheet to show the pattern you
found. If your study is a model, just use your finished model and any evidence that it works or was created to scale. If your study is an experiment, use a graph with the dependant variable on the Y (vertical) axis and the independent variable on the X (horizontal) axis. (This can be a line graph if your IV is a number or a bar graph if your IV is a name.) If you study is an invention, create a graph to show that the specifications have been met.

At this point, you should purchase or build a display board. Check the science fair rules for the specifications. For many fairs, you can use standard display boards like these.

Assignment

Your assignment for this step is to create a table or graphic to organize your raw data. You should also purchase or build a display board for your exhibit.

Note to Parents

For this step you will be a mentor and a gopher. Guide the student with questions to help him or her organize the data. You will also need to help the student obtain the display board for the exhibit.

This article is part of the Creating a Science Fair Project series. See the list below for links to the other articles in this series.
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