Question Checklist

Science Fair Project Question Checklist

Here are some things to consider as you finalize your question:

What Makes a Good Science Fair Project Question?

For a Good Science Fair Project Question, You Should Answer "Yes" to Every Question

Is the topic interesting enough to read about, then work on for at least the next few weeks?

Yes / No

Can you find at least three sources of written information on the subject?

Yes / No

Can you measure changes to the important factors (variables) using a number that represents a quantity such as a count, percentage, length, width, weight, voltage, velocity, energy, time, etcetera?

Or, just as good, are you measuring a factor (variable) that is simply present or not present? For example,

  • Lights ON in one trial, then lights OFF in another trial,

  • USE fertilizer in one trial, then DO NOT USE fertilizer in another trial.

Yes / No

Can you design a "fair test" to answer your question? In other words, can you change only one factor (variable) at a time, and control other factors that might influence your experiment, so that they do not interfere?

Yes / No

Is your experiment safe to perform?

Yes / No

Do you have all the materials and equipment you need for your science fair project, or will you be able to obtain them quickly and at a low cost?

Yes / No

Does your science fair project meet all the rules and requirements for your science fair?

Yes / No

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