- Develop science fair vocabulary and comprehension of terms.
- Plan a fair test.
- Able to use science fair vocabulary in the correct context.
- Able to plan a fair test considering variable and controls.
Is black and white or coloured text more easily remembered?
- Create the materials - list one and two; Pick about 40 words that the average 12 year old can spell. Make sure 20 of them are in colour and the other 20 in black and white. (NOTE: list one is the list you have to memorise)
- Pick another 40 words for list two and combine all words, ending up with 80 words. (NOTE: list two is the list you have to highlight the words you remember.
- Print out 41 copies of list one, 40 of list two. (An extra copy of list one is needed for an answer sheet)
- Write the instruction script, telling the people what they need to do and what's going to happen in the test.
- Select a time to gather the 40 people and start the test.
- Hand out the list one sheets to each person.
- Start the test and give them exactly two minutes to look at list one and memorise it.
- Wait 15 minutes and allow them a minute to review list one.
- Wait 10 minutes then review list one again, only for 30 seconds.
- Collect in the list one sheets.
- Explain the instructions for list two.
- Give each person the list two sheet and time exactly two minutes again.
- Gather all of the tests.
- Compare the data to see if they remembered words in colour better, or in black and white.
- Time EXACTLY two minutes - as the test time.
- Make sure everyone is spread out across the room so no one can cheat.
- Do the test at the same time of day e.g. just before lunchtime.
- Double check that I don't miss a word out on list two.
- Make sure there is exactly 25 girls and 25 boys.
- Do it in a quiet space where no one can get interrupted, while they are doing the test.
I will get my information from:
experts, internet, pamphlets/books, surveys, organisations.