Calc is an electronic spreadsheet application. You can save your work as an Excel file, if that is what you wish, or in open document format. This latter works really well if you want to transfer spreadsheets in and out of Google docs.
This is the perfect program to use for your science fair results.
Instructions (look for the table of contents to the right)
How-to books for this and for the other OpenOffice applications can be found on the shelves over the library computer stations.
Questions and Answers from our computer community
How can you print a spreadsheet without all the extra blank pages?
Notes: Today a teacher at a private school was working on a spreadsheet of her "scope and sequence" work plan. We tried printing out the spreadsheet in landscape layout, but it kept printing in portrait. It turns out that you need to do more than tell the printer that you want landscape layout -- you need to tell the spreadsheet software (OpenOffice Calc) that you want landscape layout. You can do that by choosing Page from the Format menu, and then choosing the Page tab. You'll then see landscape layout as a radio button choice. -PS
Many students use our computer center to create spreadsheets for their science experiments. They then automatically generate bar graphs based on the data contained in the cells. A common mistake students make is to include the unit measurements within their data cells. Instead of having 7 cm in a spreadsheet cell, the cell should just have the number 7. Units or measurement should be listed on the axes of the charts - not in the individual data cells. -PJS