Sciecne Fair

As you know, science, technology and engineering are basic skills expected by employers. As Twenty First Century citizens, these students will also have to make some of the toughest decisions of any generation, based on their understanding of emerging science and technology.

Science fairs involve students in the practices of science and engineering, requiring them to apply those skills to a topic of interest to them. Doing science is key to understanding science.

Our school is holding a science fair on January 18, 2018 and all students in grades K to 5 have been invited to participate. Hands-on scientific investigation and invention are the focus at our particular fair. Participants will design, test, analyze, and present a project that uses scientific methods to solve a problem. The sky's the limit!

Please note that the bulk of the work will be done at home. Students will be given project guidelines and timelines at school, and teachers will check in with them periodically. However, much of the work will be self-directed. Parents are encouraged to offer emotional support and reminders, but to allow children to do the projects by themselves.

STEP 1: CHOOSE A TOPIC

Encourage students to choose something that is interesting to them. Individual and group projects are allowed, so also decide if you will be working alone or with another student. Please refer to Judging tab if you are interested in eligibility for the Regional Science Fair.

Tips for choosing a topic:

  • Look in books or on the internet
  • Do an experiment to answer a question (ex: Do seeds grow faster in the light or dark?)
  • Use observations to answer a question (Why do flowers bloom on one side of the house, but not the other?)
  • Invent something new or improve upon something (If you can't build it, just draw it and explain how it would work)
  • Demonstrate or model a scientific principle (Make a model of the solar system or water cycle.)
  • Test product claims (Does this soap really get clothes cleaner?)
  • Investigate activities, hobbies, or sports (How does temperature affect the way a ball bounces?)
* You are not permitted to grow mold or other things that can be cultured. There can also be no use of flames/fire or dangerous chemicals. If animals or human participants are being used, prior approval is needed. Please refer to the Resources tab above to find these.

STEP 2: SIGN UP

Use the link below to sign up to participate in the Laurel Park Science Fair. Registration will be open through Friday, December 29th. Register here

STEP 3: COMPLETE PROJECT

Use the scientific method to complete your project:

  • State your question
  • Background research
  • Formulate your hypothesis
  • Design experiment
  • Test your hypothesis by doing an experiment
  • Analyze your results and draw conclusions
  • Communicate results
Use photographs and notes to document the process.
Please refer to the resources tab if you are interested in eligibility for the Regional Science Fair.

STEP 4: COMPLETE A DISPLAY

Use a cardboard, self-standing, tri-fold display board (no more than 3' tall by 4' wide when completely unfolded) to create a visual display of your project.

Electricity and running water will not be available for your display at the science fair.

Display boards are available from Target, Walmart, Michaels, AC Moore, Staples, Stone's, office supply stores, and some drug stores for less than $5.

STEP 5: BRING PROJECT TO SCHOOL

Students should bring their projects to school on the designated day for their track (January 17th for tracks 1, 2, and 3; January 18th for track 4).

They will have an opportunity to present their project to their class prior to it being displayed in the cafeteria for the school wide fair.

STEP 6: FAMILY NIGHT

Invite friends and family to come to the Science Fair family night on January 18 th to see all of the students' projects, including those that will be representing Laurel Park at the Regional Science Fair.

There will be a brief meeting for the parents of the students whose projects will be representing Laurel Park at the Regional Fair to discuss and answer questions about the Regional Fair.


Judging Information

Eligibility Criteria
Only projects eligible to move on to the regional science fair will be judged. The eligibility requirements for the regional fair include:

  • The project has been completed by three of fewer students within grades 3, 4, and 5.
  • The project followed the scientific method and involved experimentation. Demonstration projects are not eligible.

The Judging Process
Science Fair projects will be judged by individuals in the community with a background in science. If you have a science background and would like to volunteer to judge, please go to the Volunteers tab to sign up.

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Resources

Feel free to contact Mr. Schwartz (jschwartz@wcpss.net) with any questions or concerns.