General Information

General instructions, deadlines, etc, will be posted here during Fall semester.

Discovery Science Fair Central walks through the steps of a science fair project.

What makes a good science fair project?

Getting Started: Find a Project

Some resources for ideas and inspiration for your project.

Topic selection wizard from Sciencebuddies

A few experiments about energy.

Getting Started: Following The Scientific Method

The Scientific Method summarized by NASA

Writing the Project

You can find an outline to follow for writing your project at this link: Writing the Project Outline

Below you'll find resources for completing the different aspects of the project:

These Moraine Valley Library Research Resources can help you find background information:

Biology Research Guide

Environmental Science Research Guide

List of Library Databases

Web Resources:

How to Read a Scientific Paper

These resources will help you understand variables and results:

Variables for beginners from ScienceBuddies

What are independent and dependent variables? from

Citing Sources

Poster & Presentation

All participants will need to provide a poster for inclusion in the science fair and for judging. The poster will need to include most of the information from your project outline, including: abstract, purpose and hypothesis, procedures, materials, methods, results, and conclusions.

Click on the link to take a look at a few examples:

Poster Examples

Free poster PowerPoint Templates are available here.

Keep checking this page for updates or contact Tish Hayes at or 708-974-5734.


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