Project Report Guidelines
(Project name, members, and grade)
Data analysis and
Ideas for future
An abstract is an abbreviated version of your final report
research. This is the Research paper you wrote before
you started your experiment.
analysis and discussion. This section is a summary of
what you found out in your experiment, focusing on your observations, data table,
and graph(s), which should be included at this location in the report.
future research. Some science fairs want you to
discuss what additional research you might want to do based on what you
This is your opportunity to thank anyone who helped you with your science fair
project, from a single individual to a company or government agency.
Bibliography. List all the sources used reference, no one
Collect This Project
4.1 based on 231 ratings
By Megan Doyle
Updated on Feb 19, 2013
Grade Level: 6th to 8th; Type:
This experiment will evaluate if weather can impact the way people feel.
weather have any effect on mood?
- Are people
more likely to be dissatisfied or melancholy on a rainy, overcast day?
- Are people
more likely to be happy on a sunny day?
- Is one
gender or age group more likely to be influenced by the weather?
It has long been believed that weather has influence over people's mood and
behavior. In this experiment, the emotional disposition of many test subjects
will be evaluated on rainy and sunny days to find out if weather can really
impact the way people feel.
50 test subjects
for analyzing results
- Create a
survey to give your test subjects that analyzes their current mood.
Example questions could include: Rate your current level of stress on a
scale of 1 to 10. How many fights/disagreements have you had today? How
many times have you honked your horn while driving in your car today? On a
scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with your life? How many good
things have happened to you today? On a scale of 1 to 10, rate your
current energy level.
- Wait for a
sunny day and ask many test subjects to take your survey. Give the survey
at the end of the day to ensure that test subjects have been exposed to
the weather long enough for it to have an effect. Include males and
females in many different age groups.
- Ask the
same test subjects to repeat the survey at the end of an overcast, rainy
the surveys taken by each test subject. Do you observe any patterns in
your test subjectsí response to each survey? Do responses differ
dramatically between the two days? Are there certain groups of people that
seem to be more influenced by the weather?
Collect This Project
3.7 based on 202 ratings
By Shelly Smith
Updated on Jan 04, 2013
Grade Level: 4th to 8th; Type:
This experiment explores whether computer screen and text color affect
retention and if people subconsciously prefer combinations of colors that help
certain combinations of screen and text colors lead to consistently more
words being remembered?†
- Is there
any correlation between a subjectís preferred colors and his retention?
- A computer
- Paper and
pencil for tracking results
- At least
20 test subjects
several simple retention tests: lists of words that the test subject will
study and then recall. The lists should all be different but equally
- Type the
lists of words so that each list appears on a different colored screen and
with different colored text. Include a range of light and dark, vibrant
and subdued colors.
- Allow the
test subject to study a list of words for 30 seconds.
- Take the
computer away and ask the subject to name as many of the words as he can
- Repeat the
memory test using all combinations of screen and text colors.
- Record the
number of words recalled for each color combination.
- Ask the
subject if there was any screen/text color combination(s) that he
the results. Did certain combinations of screen and text colors lead to a
consistently higher number of words being retained? Is there any
correlation between preferred colors and retention?
Terms/Concepts: screen color, text color,
Create a visual model of what happens to sound waves as a car passes by.
- Why does
the sound of a car going by change from high-pitched to low-pitched?
Have you ever noticed that the sound a car makes is different when itís
coming toward you than when itís going away from you? Close your eyes and
picture it and try to hear the sound in your headóor better yet, go outside
where you can (safely!) see and hear cars going by and listen. This project
creates a visual model of whatís happening to the sound waves to make them
sound different when the carís approaching than when itís leaving.
- Two pieces
of construction paper in different colors
- Small toy
- Some blank
paper and a pencil, or a camera
- Cut one
piece of construction paper the long way into five inch-wide strips. They
should all be 11Ē long. Leave the first strip that long; cut an inch off
of the second strip so that itís 10Ē long; cut
two inches off of the second strip so that itís 9Ē long; and so on so that
each strip of paper is an inch shorter than the last one.
- Tape the
ends of the five strips of construction paper together so they form loops.
- Put the
car down on the center of the second piece of construction paper. Arrange
the loops around it so that the car is at the center and the loops are all
centered on the carónone of the loops should be touching the car or each
other, and they should all be about the same distance apart from each
other. The loops are your sound waves; they show how the sound of the
carís engine travels outward when the car is standing still.
- Draw a
picture or take a photo of the car and the loops the way they look now.
(Optional: glue everything in place exactly the way it is now, and get a
second car, make a second set of loops, and use another sheet of
construction paper for the next part!)
- Now gently
roll the little car forward until it pushes all the loops in front of it
together so that they all touch. This shows what happens to the sound
waves when the car is moving: the ones at the front get squished together,
or compressed, so that they sound higher-pitched, while the sound waves at
the back get spread out or stretched so that the sound they make is
lower-pitched. Thatís the Doppler effect!
- Draw a picture
or take a photo of the car and the loops in this position. (Or if youíre
doing the gluing-in-place option, glue all of this in place.)
- Now look
at your two models, of the car standing still and the car in motion. You
can see how the sound waves are affected by the movement of the car. Can
you think of anything else that travels in waves that might be subject to
the Doppler effect?
Terms/Concepts: sound waves, compression,
References: Whatís Up?
45 Hands-On Science Experiments That Explore Weather, by B. K. Hixson, pp.
172-173 (Loose in the Lab Science Series, 2003).