Having studied and applied the scientific method for over a trimester, sixth grade students at Cary Academy embark upon a scientific project of their own choosing. Known as the independent science project or ISP, it is a a non-competitive science fair that gives students an opportunity to use their skills in an area of science that interests them. The expectation is that students complete an original science project by themselves. An original science project means that they must eventually conduct an experiment that has never been performed before (as far as we know). Completing the project by themselves means all the work needs to be done independently, but guidance from their teachers, peers and parents is fine so long as these individuals do not complete the work for the student. All projects are completed at Cary Academy.

The ISP is a very thorough scientific investigation which includes writing a proposal to conduct the experiment, researching in the library, testing and revising experiments, writing a full-length scientific paper and creating a poster summarizing the scientific work performed. Below are links and a definition of potential categories that student work has been placed into. If you are looking for specific work performed by a student and cannot find it, please do a search for their work or ask them which category their project was placed.

Student Projects

Please choose the area of research you are interested in to find projects completed by sixth grade science students.
  • Biology - the science of life or living matter in all its forms and phenomena,especially with reference to origin, growth, reproduction, structure, and behavior.
  • Chemistry - the science that deals with the composition and properties of substances and various elementary forms of matter.
  • Physics - the science that deals with matter, energy, motion, and force.
  • Psychology - the science that deals with mental processes and behavior.
  • Engineering - practical application of the knowledge of pure sciences, such as physics or chemistry, as in the construction of bridges, buildings, ships,and chemical plants.