This resource now includes the following files, all provided in pdf AND editable forms.
1. My 9 page Science Fair Guide for Students and Parents: Provides directions, short cuts, and commentary on each step of the Science Fair Project. Rather than answering a bagillion questions each year, have your students check the guide first! I have been sponsoring Science Fair projects for a decade with an upwards of 80 projects per year. I KNOW Science Fair. My middle school students have gone as far as to place in the top 10 middle school projects in the COUNTRY. THIS is the overview I give my students and parents. It covers all of the questions that I get every year and gives pointers on choosing a project, researching, writing a hypothesis, performing and controlling an experiment, keeping a raw data notebook, analyzing data, writing a conclusion and an abstract, putting together a board, presenting to judges, answering questions, and being a good sport. This overview is written at a level that makes SENSE to middle school students. It is to the point, but includes all the information you want your students to understand. Read it to them in class. Provide a copy for every parent. They will THANK you for it! They thank me every year!
2. Grading Rubric
3. Science Fair Contract: Make sure parents are on the same page from the get-go!
4. How to Write a Science Fair Research Paper directions. Again, have students reference this instead of repeating the same questions over, and over, and ....
5. Judges' scoring rubric
6. Judges' comment sheets.
Even if you're not having a school fair, students can use these to help evaluate each other, or just have them as reference documents when preparing for local fairs.