## Steps for Success

The steps to complete a JSHS project are laid out below. You will need to submit details about your progress through each of the steps. This is designed to allow for feedback as your project progresses. If you have any questions please contact Galen Tate at galen.tate@dodea.edu. We look forward to the development of your original research!

Regional Dates:

Choose a topic Now

Research the topic Now

Design the Experiment Now - Oct 2018

Data Oct-Nov 2018

Data Analysis Nov-Dec 2018

Write the Paper

Turn in the Paper (due 06 JAN 2019)

Regional Dates:

**06-08 MAR 2019**Choose a topic Now

Research the topic Now

Design the Experiment Now - Oct 2018

Data Oct-Nov 2018

Data Analysis Nov-Dec 2018

Write the Paper

Turn in the Paper (due 06 JAN 2019)

**Ideas for Helping Your JSHS Student Succeed**

**Sample Paper 1**

**Sample Paper 2**

__Use a testable question with a repeatable experiment. JSHS focus in on original research by students__**.**

Develop and use a question that requires an easily repeatable experiment in which you collect numerical data. Example: Does the angle/shape of a ramp affect the speed of a model car?

__Clearly define all variables in the experiment.__The independent variable and the dependent variable need to be clearly defined. There should only be one independent variable. The independent variable is what will be manipulated or changed in the experiment. The dependent variable is what will be measured in the experiment (this is the source of the numerical data).

__Write the hypothesis as an If-Then statement__**.**

The “If” is based on the independent variable and the “Then” is based on the dependent variable. Example: If the angle of the ramp is increased (independent variable), then the speed of the model car will increase (dependent variable).

__Collect quality numerical data using multiple trials.__The data collected needs to be in numerical form and be collected using multiple trials with the same experiment. The more trials used to collect data increases reliability. Although the number of trials may vary depending on the type of experiment, in the past successful projects have had at least 25 trials.

__Clearly link the conclusion to the hypothesis and data__**.**

The conclusion is a summary of the experiment based on the analysis and interpretation of the data. There should be a direct connection between the conclusion and the hypothesis.

__Use appropriate statistical analysis__**.**

The data should be analyzed using at least one measure of central tendency (i.e. mean, median, mode, range) as well as at lease one graphic representation (i.e. circle graph, box-and-whisker plot, line graph, scatter plot, bar graph, etc.). A statistical test (i.e. Standard Deviation, T-test, Chi Square, etc.), should be used to evaluate significance in the data.

__Use judging criteria to organize the project and presentation__**.**

Use the

__National Judge’s Score Sheet__to organize the project and presentation. Insure that all key components are well developed and can be clearly communicated.

__Practice the presentation and use feedback to revise as needed.__Practice the presentation for the project so that the judges will view the project as well developed and polished. Use feedback from practice sessions to revise the presentation as appropriate.

Questions to ask yourself about your project