Primary Research is information about a topic that you discover yourself, such as an exploratory investigation.
An Exploratory investigation is an experiment that you do in order to discover information about a topic. This type of experiment can be to discover the parts of a flashlight, or to answer a specific question.
What happens when yellow paint and blue paint are mixed together?
In order to have data that can be used as a record of the results, the following procedure is used.
1.Fold an index card in half by placing the short sides together.
2.Unfold the card.
3.Place 2-3 drops of yellow paint on one side of the fold.
4. On the opposite side of the fold, and in line with the yellow drops, place equal
size drops of blue paint.
5. Fold the card again and press the sides together with your fingers. You want the
paint drops to mix and spread out.
6. Open the card and observe the results.
Results: A green shape forms on the paper card.
Conclusion: When yellow paint and blue paint are mixed, green paint is formed.
With this information, you can design a science fair investigation.
What effect does the ratio of blue and yellow paint mixed together affect the color of the paint mixture?
Another way to write this question
How is the color of a paint mixture affected by the ratio of blue and yellow paint mixed together?
Independent Variable: ratio of blue and yellow paint mixed together
Dependent Variable: color of the paint mixture
|Janice VanCleave’s Guide to More of the Best Science Fair Projects
The first section of this book gives detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to design and develop a science fair project.
The second section gives examples of exploratory investigations that can be developed into a science fair project.