Science Investigatory Format

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REQUIREMENTS FOR THE INVESTIGATORY PROJECTS
I. Content

Apply/demonstrate scientific principles or attempt to provide new knowledge; Be a result of continuing or parallel scientific research and investigation & not a copy of any previous research; Have socio-economic significance and relevance to livelihood development; and Contribute to the advancement of S&T and the development of the community. II. Physical Set-up/Visual Display

The physical set-up must be attractive and informative. Interested spectators and judges should easily asses the study and the results obtained. Use clear and concise displays. Make headings stand-out, draw graphs and diagrams clearly and label them correctly. A one-page project abstract must be posted in one corner of the booth. Be sure to adhere to the size limitations and safety rules when preparing the display.

The maximum size of project display must be:

76 cm (30 inches) deep
122 cm (48 inches) wide
183 cm (40 inches) high excluding table

A Sample Diagram of a Science Fair Display

Fair organizers shall provide the participants with one (1) table & two (2) chairs to participants during the division & regional science fair. At the national level, each finalist shall be provided with a display booth with size not exceeding 1.5 m by 1.5 m including backboard, 1 table & 2 chairs.

NOT ALLOWED AT PROJECT OR IN BOOTH:

Living organisms, including plants
Human or animal food
Human/animal parts or body fluids (for example, blood, urine) Preserved vertebrate or invertebrate animals
Plant materials (living, dead or preserved) which are in their raw, unprocessed or non-manufactured state Laboratory/household chemicals
Poisons, drugs, hazardous substances or devices
Dry ice or other sublimating solids
Sharp items (for example, syringes, needles, knives)
Flames or highly flammable materials
Batteries with open-top cells
Photographs depicting vertebrate animals in surgical techniques, dissections, improper handling methods and improper housing conditions Glasswares
Computer units & peripherals
Prototype or model for technology projects maybe displayed but within allotted space for each project only. III. Abstract

Should consist of short, concise descriptions of the problem & its solution. It must be typewritten in the IPSF Official Abstract Form, one page only, single-spaced with a maximum of 250 words, in Times Roman style, font

The abstract must state the following:

Purpose
Procedure Used
Results
Conclusion
IV. Research Paper

The research paper for an IPSF entry should contain the following:

Problem/s
Objectives
Methods & Procedures (described in detail)
Results
Conclusions and Recommendations
Bibliography (at least 3 major references)
Ethics Statement. Scientific fraud and misconduct are not condoned at any level of research or competition. Plagiarism, use or presentation of other researcher's work as one's own forgery of approval signature and fabrication or falsification of data will not be tolerated. Fraudulent projects will fail to qualify for the competition.

III. Format of Research Paper

The project write-up must be typewritten double-spaced in short bond paper (8”x11”) and follows the following format:

Title Page – title of the project must be brief, simple and catchy. Abstract - should consist of short, concise descriptions of the problem & its solution. It must be one page only, single-spaced with a maximum of 250 words, typewritten in Times Roman style; font 11. It must also state the following:

Purpose
Procedure used
Results
Conclusion

Acknowledgement – contains the names of people & agencies that helped in the conduct of the work described. Table of Contents – lists the different parts of the whole report with the corresponding page number of each part. The wording & grammar of the chapter titles, heading & title of tables & figures should be consistent. Introduction – informs the reader of the problem...
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