||Decide on the nature of the
- Use the
categories to determine your area of
- Consult with
and/or mathematics teachers about the
possibilities of doing research
in the area of your choice.
- Note that all
projects involving vertebrate animals
(including humans) must receive
prior approval before the research begins.
Prior approval is also
required for some recombinant DNA and
microbiology projects. See the
“Biological Hazards” section of this site
For projects conducted in
university, hospital or research
laboratory under the supervision of a
Doctor, Professor or Scientist,
endorsement(s) and supporting documents
are due by October
With the exception of the Use of Firearms
other endorsements must be
submitted by November
Investigate and explore an interest--a
fascination--an idea that raises
a question that would be stimulating to
answer. Improve upon a previous
STEM Exhibition project from a different
point of view (new question).
the question or problem is and state it
- Consult with
teachers and/or a coordinator concerning
your area of interest. Be sure
that the problem chosen is within your
available abilities and
- Do research.
most important part of a research project is
finding out as much as
possible about the problem. Spend some time
in the library at school,
the regional library, and the main Chicago
Public Library. If possible,
visit the libraries of local colleges. For
information about library
sources, contact the local STEM Exhibition
coordinator and the school
librarian. Some libraries may be closed to
the general public, but many
will allow you to use their collection on
- Formulate a
hypothesis* for testing. Design experiments
to test the hypothesis.
- Find ways to
measure, observe, and record what happens in
each aspect of the
project. Remember that every experiment must
have a control.**
- Do not
negative results. Use them to modify the
hypothesis; then test again.
Set time schedules.
- Remember that
constant evaluation of the research takes
place from the first step to
the final conclusion.
projects are the result of careful work,
careful planning, and constant
revision as data accumulate.
An assumption used as the basis for action; a
calculated guess subject
to verification or proof from which conclusions
may be drawn.
Formulating and testing a hypothesis in
mathematics is not as common a
method of investigation as in other categories.
**control: A method to test or verify a
scientific experiment by
conducting a parallel experiment or by using
other standards of