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Presentations

Science Fair

The Basics
Everyone must present their project.
You can choose the format you present in: Google Slides, Prezi, PowerPoint,
video, poster, trifold board, etc.
You will have 5 minutes to present your project. Practice what you will say so
that you do not go over time.
Refer to the rubric in the planning document to see how you will be assessed.

What to Include in Your Presentation


Title of your Project and your name, grade level, and the date of the science
fair.
The Purpose of your project: explain what you investigated, why you chose
that project, and why it is important to know about.
Your Hypothesis: write out your hypothesis and explain why you thought that
is what would happen.
The Background information: include your background research.
The Results of your experiment: include all the data you collected,
observations you made, graphs, photos, etc.

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Your Conclusion: write out your conclusion based on the results of your
experiment and tell whether your hypothesis was supported or contradicted.
The Materials: list all the materials you used for your experiment.
Your Procedure: list out all the steps you performed for your experimental
procedure.
All References: include a list of all the references you used, cited in APA
format.

Example

Chemistry of Baking Ingredients:


How much baking powder do quick breads need?
Jane Doe
6th Grade
December 1, 2015

Purpose
The purpose of this investigation is to determine how varying the amount of
baking powder in a muffin recipe affects the outcome of the final product.

Hypothesis
My hypothesis is that if I add more baking powder than the recipe calls for, the
muffins will not rise the way they are supposed to.
I think that this is what will happen because when I have baked other recipes, I
know that adding too much or too little baking powder can affect how much
the baked goods rise.

Background
In order to understand the chemistry of baking powder and how it affects the final product of
a recipe, it is important to know some key terms and concepts:
Quick Breads: baked goods that do not use yeast, for example, muffins, pancakes, waffles,
biscuits.
Leavening Agents: ingredients that produce carbon dioxide gas while forming the dough or
batter.
Baking Powder: a dry mixture that usually contains cornstarch, sodium bicarbonate (baking
soda), sodium aluminum sulfate (an acid), and monocalcium phosphate (another acid).
Baking Soda: sodium bicarbonate, which is a base.
Chemical Reactions: a process in which the molecular or ionic structure of a substance is
changed to produce completely new substances.
Carbon Dioxide: a gas made up of a molecule of carbon and two oxygen molecules.

Results
Muffin

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Conclusion
Summary of results in three to six sentences. Explain what happened and
what that means...
My hypothesis was The results support/contradict my hypothesis.
Analysis of experimental procedure
An interesting future study might involve testing how varying the amount of
other ingredients affects the outcome of the product in the same quick bread
recipe.

Materials
Muffin pan that holds 6-8 muffins
Mixing bowl
Measuring cups and spoons
Muffin ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups cornmeal
2 Tbsp. sugar
8 tsp. baking powder
4 eggs
2 cups milk
cup butter
Oven
Oven mitts
Cooling rack
Timer
Ruler, metric
Kitchen scale
Camera
Lab notebook

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Preheat oven to 425


Mix the following dry ingredients together in the mixing bowl:
a. C all-purpose flour
b. C cornmeal
c. Tbsp. sugar
d. 2 tsp. baking powder
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients in the mixing bowl and then add the following
ingredients:
a. 1 egg, slightly beaten
b. C milk
c. 2 Tbsp. melted butter
Stir the mixture to a smooth batter
Fill well-buttered muffin cups in the muffin pan about full
Bake at 425 for 15-20 minutes, or until nicely browned and baked through
Place the muffin pan on a cooling rack for a few minutes and then tip the muffins out and let
them cool for a few minutes before handling them

References
Chemistry of Baking Ingredients 1: How Much Baking Powder Do Quick Breads
Need? (n.d.). Retrieved November 11, 2015, from http://www.science
buddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_ideas/FoodSci_p007.shtml#
summary