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  • File must be neatly laid out – begin with a contents page, use labelled dividers, file in a logical order.
  • At front of file – plagiarism pledge, research plan, abstract, code of conduct, survey permission letter (s) and supervising scientist’s letter.
  • Introduction including literature review and background research – why the project was selected, including evidence of background research and the value of the project.
  • Problem statement or focus question.
  • Aim – to find out/to determine etc.
  • Hypothesis – statement that is to be tested, which includes independent and dependent variables.
  • Method – how the project was carried out, including the fixed variables. Written in the third person - no pronouns.
  • Results (what happened and all tables and graphs).
  • Analysis of results (results/findings/graphs explained in words, more extensive in this report than on poster).
  • Discussion including errors and modifications (patterns and trends are noted and explained, anomalies/unusual results are discussed, limitations noted and clarified).
  • Conclusion(s) – refer directly to hypothesis. Incorporates key results and supports the hypothesis.
  • References – which books and webpages consulted. These must be referenced correctly. The first reference must be the one where the project idea came from.
  • Acknowledgments – people spoken to, all those who assisted with the project in any way. State what help was given
  • File must be neatly laid out – begin with a contents page, use labelled dividers, file in a logical order.
  • At front of file – plagiarism pledge, research plan, abstract, code of conduct, survey permission letter (s) and supervising scientist’s letter.
  • Introduction including literature review and background research – why the project was selected, including evidence of background research and the value of the project.
  • Problem – Focus question or problem statement.
  • Engineering Goal – which needs has been identified.
  • Procedure – detail of prototype, design and testing.
  • Discussion efficiency of the final prototype.
  • References – which books and webpages consulted. These must be referenced correctly; the first reference must be one where the project idea came from.
  • Acknowledgments – people spoken to, all those who assisted with the project in any way. State what help was given.

Journal for ALL Expo projects

This is a record of ALL the work of the project – no matter how untidy it is!

  • Everything should be dated.
  • File all emails and rough data/results.
  • File notes from interviews.
  • File all designs, photos and plans.
  • File copies of articles read, either alphabetically or in order of importance.
  • File all survey questionnaires.

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