Science Fair: A Guide For Students and Parents is a printable booklet to be provided by science teachers and/or science fair coordinators to students who are participating in their first competitive science fair from which they may go on to competition in district, state, or regional science fairs.
As a classroom teacher myself for nearly thirty years, I know there’s little time in a science teacher’s schedule for doing direct instruction on how to design and complete a good science fair project. And there’s virtually no time for helping individual students as they proceed step by step through the process.
As a science fair judge and coordinator of both school level and district level science fair competitions, I know that without instruction and some adult help, young students have little chance of designing and carrying out well-designed projects. And while parents often want to help their children with projects, without a background in science they may not be prepared to do that.
In the past, science fair competitions were rather low key, and mostly just an opportunity for students to pursue a topic of interest, practice designing and doing simple experiments, or create models of scientific principles. Now, however, high school students win thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships and cash awards. School districts expect science teachers to ensure that students are ready to compete in those high-stakes competitions, and that younger students are taught the skills to make it happen. If you’re reading this, chances are you are one of those science teachers, caught between impossible time constraints and high expectations. I wrote this guide to help you, your students, and their parents.
This is a complete 26-page guide for students and their parents, covering everything from choosing a good topic to preparing for conversations with judges, including hyperlinks to reputable grade-appropriate websites to get students started on their research and help them design graphs. Here are the contents of the guide:
• Starting With The Right Goal
• Choosing A Good Topic
• What Makes A Good Project
• Credible Sources
• The Importance Of Being Fair
• Controlling Variables (including information about control groups, constants, independent and dependent variables)
• Planning the Experiment
• Know The Rules
• Write a Good Hypothesis
• Starting the Experiment
• Keep A Log Book
• Collect and Analyze the Data
• Get Ready To Show What You Know
• Preparing Your Display
• Tips For A Good Display Board
• The Day Of The Fair
• Practice What You’ll Say To The Judges
• Blank Planning Chart
Please see the preview for some sample pages from the guide.
And be sure to download this FREE set of 2015-2016 Science Fair Planning Calendars!
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