A Collection for Your Science Fair Exhibit
The requirements for a Collection Exhibit are:
1. Background Information and Log - Gather research on your topic.
Keep a dated log of all activity, research, collection, identification,
design of project, etc.
2. Statement of Problem - The problem is a statement of the student's
question about the collection.
3. Hypothesis-This statement is an educated guess about the collection.
"I wonder if....because..."
4. Independent Variable - (General Qualitative) What are the
most useful or main characteristics used for identifying the
fossils being collected?
5. Constant Variable - The location, formation, age, where and how fossils
6. Dependent Variable- (Specific Qualitative and Quantitative) What
are the specific characteristics do the fossils have? DDV- The identity
based orsome identification tool. i.e. Fossil book or experienced collector's assistance.
Intrepretation - Note relationships or patterns between and among the fossils collected.
Preservation Procedure (if necessary)
Collecting Procedure- Describe procedures used to collect and prepare
fossils. Name the safety precautions taken during collection.
Results, Conclusion, Report - These are completed using your data from
If you are interested in fossils, it won't
take you long to have a good collection.You will need around 10 to 20 specimens
for your exhibit. Pictures of your collection are allowed if you do not
want to display the actual fossils.
To start learning about fossils use the libraries
and links, the go to the Fossil
we have listed and do the actual collecting. Don't forget to
enter this information in your log and keep notes for your background report.
You can also create data cards with information about each fossil in the
Begin grouping your fossils by the way they look, where
you found them, or the type of fossil they are. Use books from the library
or other sources to identify your fossils. As continue to study them, you
will begin to see how the information you are gathering can be put in a
If you need a mentor to assist you, contact the Paleontology
Society in your area.
The Easten Missouri Society for Paleontology has
two members who have volunteered to be mentors for the St. Louis area.
Dr. Bruce Stinchcomb
Next, set up your display according to the guidelines
of the Science Fair. If you like to draw, you can add pictures of fossils,
or print out pictures from the web to enhance the appearance of your display.
Whatever you do, have fun learning about fossils.