St. Faustina Elementary School
Science Project Options, Grade 7
Students must choose ONE of the following for this year’s science project.
This project is worth 10% of their final grade.
Option #1: An Experimental Project
An experimental project must contain the following...
Variables (Independent and Dependent)
Controls (minimum of 5)
Procedure (written in step format)
Observations (Must include tables, graphs, diagrams and pictures)
Scientific Discussion (Explain your results)
This project may be competitive or non competitive. All competitive projects
MUST be presented on a 3-fold board. Non-competitive projects may be
presented on either a 3-fold board, Bristol board, as a web page or a Power
Option #2: A Biography of a Scientist...
A Research Paper
Length... 200 – 300 words double-spaced typed (12 font)
Must contain the following information: 1. Background Information (History)
• Where he/ she was born?
• Family life (married, children?)
• Where did they study?
• Awards achieved
• Where/ when did he/ she die?
2. Scientific Contribution: What did they do?
3. Impact on Science Today. How did he/ she improve life?
Research papers must have the following format when handed in.
Cover Page with picture of scientist
Table of Contents
Main Information (see above)
Photocopies or print-outs of Research
Option #3: Bridge
A bridge project is completed in two sections... the construction and the
Dimensions for construction:
1. The bridge must be a minimum length of 70 cm (see Comments on the Rules)
2. The total height of the bridge cannot exceed 30 cm.
3. The total outside width of the bridge cannot exceed 15 cm and cannot be
less than 5 cm wide.
4. The bridge must have a minimum opening in the top (not the bridge deck), 5
cm by 5 cm is adequate to permit a testing apparatus to be applied to the
center of the bridge deck.
This is for testing the strength of the bridge.
5. The bridge deck must be flat and continuous to allow a test vehicle to pass
over the bridge.
* Ideas for construction can be found on the following web site... www.pegnl.ca
Materials for construction:
1. Popsicle sticks
2. White paper glue
Written Presentation: On a piece of Bristol board, you must include the
1. A scaled diagram of the bridge you constructed. Be sure to label your
2. The name of the type of bridge you constructed. (ex. Cantilever, truss, etc.)
3. Explanation of why you think your design is best. Include a scientific
principle such as compression and tensile forces.
4. Pictures of real life bridges that are the same type as the one you
constructed. Be sure they are labelled.
NOTE: View this site for Science Project Ideas