# What is the Purpose of a Science Fair?

Science Fair Informatio n Night What is the Purpose of a Science Fair? Problem Solving

Critical Thinking Students use the scientific method to make predictions, then experiment to collect and record qualitative and quantitative data observations.

Students compare, contrast and analyze their data citing the evidence that justifies their claims, explanations and conclusions. Science Fair Categories

Physical Science - the science of matter and energy and their interactions Earth and Environmental Science - any of the sciences that deal with the earth and the study of the environment Life Science - any of the branches of natural science dealing with the structure and behavior of living organisms Engineering- combines mathematics, science and technology in order to produce creative solutions to real world problems Behavioral & Social Science - analysis and investigations of human and other animal behavior Mathematics (5th Grade Only) The study of numbers, measurement,

geometry, properties, and relationships of quantities and sets. What is a good idea for my science project? This is the first thing you start thinking about when you hear Science Fair. Before you get started, you need to know the difference between an experiment and a demonstration. Science Experiments vs.

Demonstrations Experiment An experiment tests at least 2 different materials Example: In which type of soil will a bean plant grow best? Demonstration A demonstration does not test

different materials Examples: Making a volcano Creating an electrical circuit What Does an Experiment Have? Variable The material that you change, or are testing, is your variable It is the ONLY thing that varies

or changes Constant(s) Everything else in the experiment needs to stay the same or constant This is important, so that you can make accurate conclusions You can turn a demonstration in to an

experiment! A demonstration turned into an experiment If you wanted to create an electrical

circuit, you could change it into an experiment by Testing different types of materials or metals for the electricity to flow through. Or you could test different types of batteries.

Trials All science experiments should be repeated at least 3 times in order to minimize the impact of mistakes and maximize the validity of the test. Each trial should be performed in exactly the same manner and compare the same independent variable. Experimental Design Approval Form

All projects must be approved by the classroom teacher The Experimental Design Approval form will help the student stay on pace. Abstract (4th and 5th only) An abstract is a brief, written discussion of your project in 250 words or less Abstracts summarize the main points of an experiment in a clear and simple manner

An example of the abstract is in the parent packet Science Board Examples How to Set Up Your Science Board: Science Fair Topics Here are some resources you can use when choosing your science fair topic and project: https://www.education.com/science-fair/

http://www.hometrainingtools.com/a/science-fair-projects-for-elementary http://www.sciencebuddies.org Science Fair Rules The use of live animals is discouraged but may be approved by the classroom teacher. An experiment may not cause harm or result in the death of an animal. Your display board must be free standing and fit on the table. Please include the following ON THE BACK OF YOUR BOARD: Student name, teachers name, school, grade level

and category. Only the student conducting the experiment may be shown in any photographs. All others must have a signed photo release form. All photos or graphics must be cited or give credit to the photographer. (ex: Photo was taken by or Graphic/picture was found on www.iconicdisplays.com Science Fair Rules (continued) All graphs or charts

must be cited (ex. Graph was created byusing [program] Excel) you can use a label Students WILL NOT BE ALLOWED to bring any models or items used during their

experiment to display in front of their boards The items listed in the Science Fair Information Packet MAY NOT BE DISPLAYED ON THE BOARD. What Are Judges Looking For?

Be confident Be original Be clear Understand your project Put time and effort Be able to answer judges questions (on page 6) Important Dates Projects due: September 16, 2019

Campus Science Fair: September 23, 2019 Campus Showcase: September 25, 2019 District Science Fair (1st place campus winners will advance) Saturday, November 2, 2019 Pebble Hills HS *An information packet will be sent home with campus winners Campus Science Fair Coordinators Contact Information

Elia Rojas [email protected]

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