Experimental Design

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Re: Experimental Design

Post by ScienceIsMyLife » August 19th, 2008, 3:25 pm

personal fave: BOYANCY
they gave us aluminum foil and pennies and like containers with water and we had to mess with the boyancy or something. it was totally open-ended and really easy but my partners and I didnt know what stats were (go on and laugh...i was only in 7th grade at the time) so we left that part blank, and we didnt medal because of that. so silly...how could we have not known what stats are?!
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Experimental Design help?!

Post by charterschoolkids » September 30th, 2008, 1:59 pm

this is our school's second year going to science olympiad.
my first doing experimental design.

any tips?!

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Re: Experimental Design

Post by ZekeBud » October 1st, 2008, 6:38 pm

charterschoolkids: Be sure to carefully examine the rules for the event. While I probably wouldn't see major changes, those new to Experimental won't be so quick to pick up on the requirements.

Along those same lines, make sure you do what is asked. When writing a problem statement, be sure that it isn't a simple yes/no question. Furthermore, make the problem guide the whole rest of the lab. While the number of points for a good statement of problem may not seem too important, the very process of getting you "into" the experiment is dependent on this step.

As for general tips, the key word is practice. Force someone else (coach, teammates, well-trained pets) to gather some semi-related materials. Then, find a way to perform some sort of experiment with the supplies. This is very open-ended, but it allows for creativity and spontaneity to flow.

Some examples of materials I've seen: a basin, tubes of varying diameters, and water; balloons, fabrics, and confetti; a toy soldier, string, paper, and scissors; a spring, a ring stand, a clamp, and slotted masses.

Don't be sure that you'll be given problem guidance. Use such freedom to your advantage: it'll be easier when they tell you what to do, and you'll be ready either way.

Finally, practice as a team. Know what your tasks are, and know how to step up and fill in if things go wrong. Remember, you need to rely on your partners to get this done.
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Re: Experimental Design

Post by cleopartay » October 7th, 2008, 6:10 pm

ZekeBud wrote:charterschoolkids: Be sure to carefully examine the rules for the event. While I probably wouldn't see major changes, those new to Experimental won't be so quick to pick up on the requirements.

Along those same lines, make sure you do what is asked. When writing a problem statement, be sure that it isn't a simple yes/no question. Furthermore, make the problem guide the whole rest of the lab. While the number of points for a good statement of problem may not seem too important, the very process of getting you "into" the experiment is dependent on this step.

As for general tips, the key word is practice. Force someone else (coach, teammates, well-trained pets) to gather some semi-related materials. Then, find a way to perform some sort of experiment with the supplies. This is very open-ended, but it allows for creativity and spontaneity to flow.

Some examples of materials I've seen: a basin, tubes of varying diameters, and water; balloons, fabrics, and confetti; a toy soldier, string, paper, and scissors; a spring, a ring stand, a clamp, and slotted masses.

Don't be sure that you'll be given problem guidance. Use such freedom to your advantage: it'll be easier when they tell you what to do, and you'll be ready either way.

Finally, practice as a team. Know what your tasks are, and know how to step up and fill in if things go wrong. Remember, you need to rely on your partners to get this done.


how can you practice for the experimental design....because i want to try out for this event and im really not that sure of what to expect, so yea....thanks! ;)
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Re: Experimental Design

Post by dudeincolorado » October 9th, 2008, 7:25 pm

ooo you should try it is SO fun umm im not sure what happends at your school but i would deffinatly know how to do scientific experiments useing the sci. method (like graphing, variables, setting up an experiments) if you already know that you should be fine ;)
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Re: Experimental Design

Post by cleopartay » October 15th, 2008, 4:12 pm

omg, thanks so much! I was freaking out because im not that smart

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Re: Experimental Design

Post by cleopartay » October 15th, 2008, 4:27 pm

cleopartay wrote:
ZekeBud wrote:charterschoolkids: Be sure to carefully examine the rules for the event. While I probably wouldn't see major changes, those new to Experimental won't be so quick to pick up on the requirements.

Along those same lines, make sure you do what is asked. When writing a problem statement, be sure that it isn't a simple yes/no question. Furthermore, make the problem guide the whole rest of the lab. While the number of points for a good statement of problem may not seem too important, the very process of getting you "into" the experiment is dependent on this step.

As for general tips, the key word is practice. Force someone else (coach, teammates, well-trained pets) to gather some semi-related materials. Then, find a way to perform some sort of experiment with the supplies. This is very open-ended, but it allows for creativity and spontaneity to flow.

Some examples of materials I've seen: a basin, tubes of varying diameters, and water; balloons, fabrics, and confetti; a toy soldier, string, paper, and scissors; a spring, a ring stand, a clamp, and slotted masses.

Don't be sure that you'll be given problem guidance. Use such freedom to your advantage: it'll be easier when they tell you what to do, and you'll be ready either way.

Finally, practice as a team. Know what your tasks are, and know how to step up and fill in if things go wrong. Remember, you need to rely on your partners to get this done.
So basically you get this object and you have to come up with a problem statement, for example you get a paper, and a problem statement would be how many lines it has(just and example), and then follow the steps of the scientific method?
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how can you practice for the experimental design....because i want to try out for this event and im really not that sure of what to expect, so yea....thanks! ;)
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Re: Experimental Design

Post by TwoplusTwoEqualsFive » October 24th, 2008, 4:22 am

I've been doing experimental since the Japanese have been eating sushi . . . 7th grade. haha

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Re: Experimental Design

Post by dudeincolorado » October 24th, 2008, 10:42 pm

wait that's just in your region right?
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Re: Experimental Design

Post by ScienceIsMyLife » October 28th, 2008, 3:07 pm

ours is almost always a physics lab too lol
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