Recently in our science class, we have just finished our last project for this grade. In this project, we have been working in groups of two or individuals to creating a project for a science fair involving two classes. I worked with Aisling to create a substance called casein created by milk and vinegar.
How did you find deciding on the question?
“What combination of different milk with plain vinegar creates casein with the greatest mass?”
was our theme question for our project. We have changed out question a few times to fit our experiment and it may have took time than the others, but I think we had enough sources in our school(internet/library) so I individually found it a pretty easy step and felt like it went smoothly.
Was the procedure and documentation helpful? How? How not?
During our project, we used a procedure document on google drive that our teacher gave. For me it was a really helpful document and made our final product much easier to complete. What especially helped me was how it had different steps separated in weeks. By doing this, it gave us enough time instead of rushing on our last day before our science fair and was really good for my group. In fact, I couldn’t find any parts that didn’t help me and even think this document should be used more.
How did you work independently/individually?
I think I did pretty well on working independently because when we didn’t have enough time to do our experiment for data in school, I collected the equipment we needed at home and recorded all the data in my personal time. This kept us able to follow our weekly steps and was a wise choice. I think this made me work successfully and independently although working with a partner.
What would you do differently?
I think we could collect more data by using different vinegar to make it more interesting for the audience in the science fair since more different information might make our presentation attractive for our listeners.
What did you learn about conducting scientific investigations?
I learnt that taking time and completing the steps we need one by one, was a really important thing to make our project succeed. I would like to remember this for my other projects next year.
Overall, I think this science fair was a very interesting and enjoyable project for me, because I like working and creating stuff with my own ideas which made me work enthusiastically.