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Why do a research project?

Because upon graduation from high school a student has a variety of options such as obtaining a job, going to college to be a teacher, or training to be a chef. However, in ALL aspects of a students' life the knowledge and skills gained by completing a science or engineering research project will always be with them personally and in the workforce. This is important for a resume and job opportunity.

What is a Research Project?

A research project is when you use a step-by-step approach to answer a question or solve a problem. Scientist and Engineers do research projects. Scientists try to understand how nature works, engineers create things that never were or improve on a previous design. Scientists and engineers utilize technology in their research.

Steps Involved in a Research Project?

A Science research project is when you...

  1. Organize your research. Write in a journal.
  2. Explore a topic of interest.
  3. Quest-Ask a question or identify or define a problem.
  4. Search and review published materials related to your question or problem. Visit Covestro PRSEF sources and Access PA Power Library for appropriate resources.
  5. Evaluate possible solutions and make your educated guess (hypothesis).
  6. Complete research forms and submit for approval to the Science Fair office. 412‑237‑1534.
  7. Challenge and test your hypothesis through experimentation (data collection) analysis.
  8. Evaluate the results of your experiment and reach conclusions based on your data.
  9. Prepare your report and presentation board.

An Engineering research project is when you...

  1. Organize your research. Write in a journal.
  2. Explore a topic of interest
  3. Quest-Define a need. Develop how to do the design.
  4. Search literature to see what has already been done. Visit Covestro PRSEF sources and Access PA Power Library for appropriate resources.
  5. Complete research forms and submit for approval to the Science Fair office. 412‑237‑1534
  6. Prepare beginning designs.
  7. Build and test a model.
  8. Retest and redesign as necessary and Evaluate your product.
  9. Prepare your report and presentation board.

It's YOUR Choice

Are you going to be a scientist or engineer while doing a research project?

Pathway to a Research Project

A chart to help you in your pursuits of a science research project or for an engineering research project.



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