Steps to Prepare a Science Fair Project

Steps to Prepare a Science Fair Project

Creating a science fair project requires a thought out plan before executing it. Also knowing the rules and guidelines to the science fair that your participating in are key. Conducting science experiments can also better prepare you to attend criminal justice schools or forensic science programs.

There are some very basic steps to follow when preparing a science fair project that will save you time, and in the end help in the creation process. By following this simple guide the ending outcome of your science fair project will be astounding!

Select a topic

  • Pick a topic that you are actually interested in. If you are enthusiastic about a project that you have to show and display then it will show in your work as well.

  • Also, be sure you pick a topic that is going to answer a question not just a display of your work.

Gather background information

  • Put together the knowledge you already have about the topic and why you choose this topic.

  • What do you want to learn from this project?

  • Research the topic from sources such as books and the Internet.

Determine a hypothesis

  • Once you are aware of what your topic is, you should already know what you are trying to learn or test.

  • Be sure to document what your hypothesis is because it may change as you put together your project-keeping notes while you are working is also a good idea for alterations.

Methods and materials

  • Make an outline of the exact steps you will do to perform the test/project.

  • From making this list, produce another list of materials you will need to assist you.

  • Be sure to take notes while setting the project up, while you're performing the experiment, and any after thoughts you may have. This may later assist you in the results and data analysis.

  • Having visuals is also key in displaying your project, be sure to take photographs or some other type of visual media to display your findings.


  • Gather and organize your results.

  • Read through your notes and compare the data to the experiment.

  • Ask yourself if you answered your questions, was your hypothesis correct, what did you learn?

  • Provide all this information visually so that your audience will be able to learn with you by viewing your project.