Science Fair
  • WHO: Participation open to all K-5 students *

    • Science Fair presentation boards will be available for participating students if needed. (return request that was sent home)
    • Ice Cream Float Party for all students that participate in the school science fair. This means that all students that submit a science fair project will get to take part in this fun event!   These students will be recognized with a certificate and ribbon!
    • Subway coupon for a free cookie for all students that participate in the school science fair.
    • *K-2 students will compete at the school level. Participation in the district science fair is limited to students in grades 3-5 only.
    • * 3-5 students will compete at the school level and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will represent our school at the district science fair on December 19th then hopefully regional and state competitions!

    WHAT: The opportunity to research a topic of interest and extend your learning.

    WHEN:      

    Science Fair Project due to school- Wednesday, Nov. 29th

    School Science Fair in gym- Thursday, Nov. 30th

    ABSS District Science Fair- Tuesday, Dec. 19th

     

    Support Sessions will be provided after school on the following dates:

    Nov.9th:  (Thursday)   Time: 3:00-3:45

    After school science fair support session-Choosing your topic/Reviewing the parts of a project

    Nov.13th:   (Monday)   Time:  3:00-3:45

    After school science fair support session-Type up Title and Question/Hypothesis/Background

    Nov. 20th:   (Monday)   Time:  3:00-3:45

    After school science fair support session-Type up Materials/Procedures

    Nov.27th:   (Monday)   Time:  3:00-3:45

    After school science fair support session-Type up Data/Observations/Conclusion

     

    Sign up here for support sessions:  https://goo.gl/forms/pMm0oLz1h8EC2RTC3

     

    HOW:   

    Please save all your work on computer.  Visit the science fair page on the E. M. Yoder website.

    Helpful Websites:   sciencebuddies.org 

                http://www.kids-fun-science.com/easy-science-experiments.html

    Science Fair Topic Ideas/Questions- What are you curious about?

    The Science Buddies website will let your child answer questions in order to try to choose a topic and it also has a wonderful list of project ideas.  The ideas are either beginner or intermediate and are leveled easy, medium and hard.

    Examples:

    Are some brands of paper towels more or less absorbent than others?

    How many drops of water will fit on the head of a penny?

    Do different kinds of paper change the distance a paper airplane will travel?

    Do white candles burn faster than colored candles?

    Do different brands of popcorn leave more unpopped kernels?

     

    COMPONENTS OF YOUR BOARD:

    You should have the following components on your board:

    TITLE and QUESTION- What are you investigating scientifically?

    The title can be the question in a “catchy” form.  If your title is different than you question, then make sure you also include your question.

    Example:

    Your question might be, “Which bath soap cleans the best?” but your title might be, “SPLISH, SPLASH I WAS TAKING A BATH”

    Your title should be fun!

     

    HYPOTHESIS- guess based on a strategy or background information

     

    BACKGROUND- information that explains how you made your hypothesis

     

    MATERIALS- list of all things you need to do your experiment

     

    PROCEDURE- steps you took to find your answer and to test your hypothesis

     

    DATA and OBSERVATIONS- should be measurable

    These should be in the form of numbers.

    All measurements should be done in the metric system.

    Something that shows you kept a record of testing and displays the outcome.

    These are usually a chart, table or graph.

    Charts, tables and graphs should be done neatly.  Use computer generated graphs or make them yourself.  Use a ruler and colored pencils or markers to make them appealing.

     

    A Bar graph demonstrates a comparison between 2 or more things.

    A Line graph demonstrates change over time.

    A Circle or Pie graph compares the parts to the whole.

     

    CONCLUSION- answer your question based on results

    This is the statement of whether your hypothesis was right or not.  If it wasn’t right, explain why you think it turned out the way it did, and what you would do differently next time.

     

    science fair display board      

     DISPLAY BOARD

    When you plan your science fair display board, remember this is a case in which you CAN judge a book by its cover.  If you do a really good job completing your display, everyone will stop to look at your project.  However, if you do a messy job, no one may discover all the fascinating work you have done or, look at the results of your wonderful experiment.

     

    PLAN YOUR BOARD

         Make a small sketch of where everything will go.  Lay it out before you glue anything down.  Design what the “center” of your board will be.  This is where everyone will look first.  Will it be the title or the pictures?  Everything else should be placed around this.  When you set up your board, put things together in the order that makes sense.  Remember, we read from left to right so don’t put stuff you did near the end (like the conclusion) on the right side of the board.

     

    Colors and Texts

    -Try using a different font or color.

    -Try mounting your text with colored paper.

    -Type your text.

    - Use stencils or premade letters. 

    - Use pencil guidelines. (Make sure you erase when finished)

    - Use a ruler.

    -Make sure you proofread all your work.