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Rules at a Glance: 1. Displays must be durably constructed and self supporting. 2. Student or school names may not appear on the board, data log, or papers. 3 We encourage metric measurements. 4. NO chemicals, liquids, soils, foods, or explosives may be on the board. 5. Projects involving human blood, bacteria, mold, or fungus are prohibited. 6. Students who intend to conduct research involving animals (humans are animals) must have teacher approval and a completed Human/Animal Research Form. 7. Animals, animal parts, or dissected animals may not be displayed. 8. Plants or plant parts may not be displayed. 9. Display of human parts is prohibited. 10.Any item that can be easily pulled off and swallowed must be removed or secured firmly to the project. 11. Display of glass items and plastic “baggies” is prohibited. 12. Straight pins, tacks, or staples are not to be used to secure materials onto display boards.

JUDGING CRITERIA SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATION THOROUGHNESS SKILL CREATIVE ABILITY/ORIGINALITY CLARITY/NEATNESS

40 points 20 points 15 points 15 points 10 points

DOES THE PROJECT HAVE TO BE A HASSLE? A hassle-free project is ideal. Realistically, occasional problems may occur. Careful selection of a topic can minimize frustrations and boredom arising from a topic that is not appropriate. With cooperative communication between school, teacher, parent, and child, problems can be identified and solved. This project does not need to be costly or overly time consuming. WHAT IS EXPECTED FROM THE TEACHER? During class time, your child will discover many helpful resources for this project. The teacher should strive to help your child maintain a positive attitude through encouragement and guidance. Instructions for the selection of a topic and every other phase of the project should be provided in the classroom.

WHAT IS EXPECTED FROM YOUR CHILD? One of the benefits of completing a science fair project is the development of responsibility in the child. To assist in this, allow your child to assume responsibility. This is your child’s project. It is a long-term project requiring instruction and guidance from the teacher, along with encouragement and some assistance from you.

WHAT IS EXPECTED FROM THE PARENT? As a parent, your role is one of guidance, support, and encouragement with minimal intervention. Parents should remember that a science fair project is basically a child’s positive, individual achievement.

Science Fair Quick Information


Purpose One to three sentences that explain why you are doing this investigation. The purpose can be stated like this: The purpose of this investigation is to find out if manipulated variable affects responding variable. Hypothesis A hypothesis states what you think is going to happen and why you think it will happen? (For example: I think ___ will happen because...)

Ma t e r i a l s List all materials used in your investigation. Include exact details: brand, size, measurement, quantity, color, etc. We encourage you to use metric units. . Variables

T i t l e o f Yo u r I n v e s t i g at i o n P i c t u r e s / D r aw i n g s

(Example: plant growth / temperature)

Include pictures or drawings to support/show how and what you did in your investigation

Title

The data collected during the course of your investigation needs to be quantifiable (measurable). We encourage you to measure using metrics. Record your data in a data table. Volume:

Milliliter (mL)

1000mL = 1L

Length:

Millimeter (mm)

10mm = 1cm

Centimeter (cm)

100 cm = 1m

Meter (m)

1000 m = 1km

Manipulated (Independent) Variable – What you change on purpose in an investigation. Responding (Dependent) Variable – The responding variable is what changes by itself because you manipulated (changed) something in your investigation. The responding variable is measured.

A line graph – shows data over time

Responding (Dependent) Variable

Procedure

Graph Use a bar graph or line graph to display data. A bar graph – shows unrelated data

Manipulated (Independent) Variable

Kilometer (km) Mass

Variables Held Constant – Everything you keep the same in each trial?

Milligram (mg)

10mg = 1cg

Centigram (cg)

100cg = 1g

Gram (g)

1000g = 1kg

Kilogram (kg)

Conclusion Your conclusion should include details about the following: 

A statement of support or non-support of the original hypothesis; restate the hypothesis. Add details by analyzing, comparing or interpreting data.

Discuss the investigation. Were there any problems you encountered? What new ideas do you have? What would you try next time?

Make a comparison of your results including your background information.

Write a statement of why your experiment is important? How can your data be used in the real world?

S t e p- B y- S t e p D i r e c t i o n s 1 . G at h e r Ma t e r i a l s 2. (step)

Data Table

3. (step)

Title (will be the same title as graph)

4. (step) 5. (step) 6. Repeat steps ____ to ___ at least 4 more times. 7. Repeat steps __ to __ with each of the _____.

Trials

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2011 Science Fair Parent Brochure  

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