Activities Organized for a Multi-Year Science Research Program/Club

Each of the activities can be adapted to suit any style of Science Research Program/Club or modified to be included within the constraints of a standard science class

1st year activities

  • 1st quarter

    • Course structure and class rules

    • Brainstorming potential research areas and topics

    • Activities to teach how to use online search tools for basic and advanced information and articles

    • How to use search tools and searching skills to problem solve and “think outside of the box”

    • Mastering PowerPoint/Slides, Word/Docs, Excel/Sheets

    • How to read, “dissect”, summarize and explain general and advanced (journal) articles

    • How to design a small-scale project, create a research plan, apply for IRB/SRC approval, carry out the project, present the project

  • 2nd quarter

    • Mastering vocabulary within a chosen area of research

    • How to present basic information via PowerPoint/Slides in a chosen area of research

    • Creating a poster to teach basic information in a chosen area of research

    • Mastering advanced information/related research in a chosen area of research

    • How to present advanced information/related research via PowerPoint/Slides in a chosen area of research

  • 3rd quarter

    • Continuing to master and present advanced information/related research

    • Reaching out to local (or national) professionals in the chosen area of research (often the authors of related research articles) to secure a “mentor” that can help to guide a project and/or an internship

    • Anticipating basic questions and how to answer them for presentations

    • Determining what you know and what you don’t in a chosen area of research

    • Anticipating challenging “nightmare” questions and how to answer them for presentations

    • Creating a poster to compare and contrast related research information

    • Writing a summary (review) paper of all learned so far

  • 4th quarter

    • Preparing a poster to present publicly that highlights:

      • Background information

      • Related research

      • Gap in current literature (Problem Statement)

      • Goals for upcoming research project

      • Hypotheses with justifications

      • Intended methodology

      • Related results from similar research projects (and how they may differ from the intended project)

      • Potential importance and application of upcoming research project

      • Conclusion (summary)

      • Future Research (what would the phase 2 be)

    • Planning for the upcoming summer research project (if that is the model that your school program follows/wishes to follow)

    • Present intended research at end-of-year symposium


2nd year activities

  • 1st quarter

    • Course structure and class rules

    • Analyzing winning vs. non-winning papers

    • Writing the full research paper based on the spring/summer/fall research project after insight is gained on how to write a student research paper

    • Peer review of papers

    • Re-writing papers based on peer review

  • 2nd quarter

    • Register for Regional Science & Engineering Fair

      • Submit all forms, research paper and abstract  

    • Register for International Genius Olympiad

      • Submit all forms, research paper and abstract  

    • Analyzing aspects of winning research posters

    • Creating a research poster to present in science fairs/competitions including:

      • Introduction/Background

      • Related research presented in a “funnel” that leads to the “gap” in the current knowledge

      • Problem Statement

      • Goals

      • Hypotheses with justifications

      • Methods

      • Results/Analysis/Discussion

      • Conclusion/Application

      • Future Research (what are the next steps and why)

    • Peer review of posters

    • Revising of posters based on peer review

  • 3rd quarter

    • Preparing for presenting in competitions by:

      • Anticipating basic questions and how to answer them for presentations

      • Determining what you know and what you don’t in a chosen area of research

      • Anticipating challenging “nightmare” questions and preparing answers

      • Anticipating challenging questions  that may be asked but are not directly related to the project

      • Presenting to peers, teachers, parents, local professionals

    • Presenting at local, regional and state competitions

  • 4th quarter

    • Presenting at local, regional and state competitions

    • Evaluating areas for improvement regarding:

      • Presenting at science fairs/competitions

      • Phase 2 of the project or preparing on a different project

    • Working on the Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS) application essays

    • Helping 1st year students to prepare for their end of year presentation and upcoming research project

    • Preparing for the 2nd summer of research

    • Present phase 1 of research and intended research at end-of-year symposium



3rd year activities

  • 1st quarter - Enter the Regeneron Science Talent Search

    • Research Paper

      • Write/Update the full research paper based on the spring/summer/fall research project

      • Peer review of papers

      • Re-writing papers based on peer review

    • Application and Essays

    • Request for recommendations and transcript

  • 2nd quarter - Science Fairs/Competitions

    •  Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

      • Research Paper and Abstract re-formatted for JSHS

      • Scientist, Teacher and Student “certifications”

      • Create PowerPoint to present at JSHS and practice to peers, teachers, parents, local professionals, mentor.

    • Regional Science & Engineering Fair

      • Submit all forms, research paper and abstract  

  • 3rd quarter - Science Fairs/Competitions continued

    • Regional Science & Engineering Fair

      • Create Poster to present at Science & Engineering Fair and practice to peers, teachers, parents, local professionals, mentor.

  • 4th quarter

    • Organize and help to run the end-of-year symposium

    • Serve as peer-judges to help the younger student prepare for their public presentations

    • Create a tri-fold brochure to highlight their research project for display in the school and district offices

    • Host and present at the end-of-year symposium