Light and thermal energy experiment


Each student will complete an extensive science project as a part of their science grade. This project will be one of each student’s own design and execution. Students will carefully plan, research, test their hypotheses, analyze experimental data, and draw conclusions from their results. For most students, this process will lead them to discoveries and fascinating results. During this project, many will transform student to a scientist!

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Provided is a preliminary outline/timeline for you to follow. Updates, reminders, etc., will be given during class as the due dates approach. Please feel free to ask any questions that you may have concerning the project.

Project Outline/Timeline

Project Components

  • Problem Statement
  • Research
  • Hypothesis
  • Procedures and Materials Lists
  • Model/ Experiment/ Interview
  • Data Collection and Documentation
  • Conclusion
  • Project PPT / Google slides
  • 3 mints Pitch


Due Dates


November  15th    – Project idea (Topic)
November   19th   – Topic Research/ Citation
November   22nd – Hypothesis
 November  24th   – Procedures and Materials Lists
  December 6th


 – Abstract Due / 3 mins pitch video
 December 7th  – Project Model/ Experiment/ Interview









The Scientific Method

The following is a review of the Scientific Method with some key questions and directions on designing and experiment.


  • What is your goal?
  • What idea are you trying to test?
  • What is the scientific question you are trying to answer?


  • Explain how you think your project can demonstrate your purpose.
  • Predict the outcome of your experiment.
  • State the results you are predicting in measurable terms.



  • Give a detailed explanation of how you will conduct an experiment to test your hypothesis.


  • Be clear about the variables (elements of the experiment that change to test your hypothesis) versus your controls (elements of the investigation that do not change).


  • Be very specific about how you will measure results to prove or disprove your hypothesis. You should include a regular timetable for measuring results or observing the projects (for example, every hour, every day, every week).
  • Your procedure should be like a recipe – Another person should perform your experiment following your procedure. Test this with a friend or parent to be sure you have not forgotten anything.



  • List all materials and equipment that you used.
  • Your list of materials should include all of the ingredients of the procedure recipe.


  • Keep a detailed journal of observations, data, and results. Your journal should contain data measurements and written notes about what you are sensing (hearing, seeing, or touching) about your experiment.
  • If appropriate, photograph your project results or phases of the project to help your analysis and possibly demonstrate your experiment on your exhibit board.


  • Explain your observations, data, and results. This is a summary of what your data has shown you.
  • List the main points that you have learned.
  • Why did the results occur? What did your experiment prove?
  • Was your hypothesis correct? Did your experiment prove or disprove your hypothesis? I will explain this thoroughly.



  • Answer your problem/purpose statement.
  • What does it all add up to? What is the value of your project?
  • What further study do you recommend given the results of your experiment? What would be the next question to ask?
  • If you repeated this project, what would you change?





What is an Abstract?

Each student who completes a science project must write an abstract, in addition to the Google slide/ PPT, and a 3 mins Pitch.  An abstract is a one-page, four-paragraph summary that gives the project’s essence in a brief but complete form — it should not exceed 250 words. Anyone who reads it should have a reasonably accurate idea of the project after reading the abstract.

Writing an Abstract

 Paragraph #1 – Purpose of the Experiment

  • An introductory statement of the reason for investigating the topic of the project.
  • A statement of the problem and hypothesis being studied.

Paragraph #2 – Procedures Used

  • A summarization of the key points and an overview of how the investigation was conducted.
  • An abstract does not give details about the materials used unless it greatly influenced the procedure or had to be developed to do the investigation.
  • An abstract should only include procedures done by the student.

Paragraph #3 – Observation/Data/Results

  • This section should provide key results that lead directly to the conclusions you have drawn.
  • It should not give too many details about the results, nor include tables or graphs.


Paragraph #4 – Conclusions

  • Conclusions from the investigation should be described briefly.
  • The summary paragraph should reflect on the process and possibly state some applications and extensions of the investigation.



Marking/Assessment (40 marks):

  • Teachers will utilize a prescribed rubric to assess each assignment:
    • Assignment Format (5 marks)
    • Assignment Content (20 marks)
    • Reflection Summary (5 marks)
    • 21st Century Skills (5 marks)
    • Bloom’s Taxonomy Skills (5 marks)



  • Nov 15th: Project Overview distributed to all students
  • Nov 19th: Outlines/Planning Docs
  • Dec 7th: Final Assignments are submitted


*Late Submissions:      Students will lose 1 mark per day (2.5%)

*Early Submissions:    Students will earn 1 mark (2.5%) if submitted before


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