Fair Date: Thursday, February 7, 2013. (Set up, project presentation, delicious pizza dinner and judging)
School Viewing & Awards Date: Friday, February 8th.
The Science and Social Studies Fair is an opportunity for children to ask a question and explore the answers for themselves. We will help guide you and your child along the way! Your child will love to share his/her project with family, friends and schoolmates. We look forward to a great night of science and social studies!!!
For a successful and awesome project we recommend you use the Project Guide Online registration will open December 1st and close December 21st before winter break so that your child can begin thinking about his/her project over break.
What is a Science or Social Studies Project?
A science or social studies Investigative Project (or an Invention) asks a question and then uses 5 steps called the scientific method to discover an answer. The term Scientific Method sounds pretty complicated but it is actually 5 simple ideas that scientists use to solve problems:
- What I wonder (Question)
- What I think (Hypothesis)
- What I did (Experiment/Research)
- What I found (Results)
- What I learned (conclusions)
(This process is explained in much more detail in the Project Guide.)
Once you’re done, you organize all your findings using a display or poster board. You may even want to include a demonstration. Most importantly, you will have the opportunity to explain your results to the science fair judges, your friends, and your family at the Science and Social Studies Fair. In addition, each grade 4th – 6th competes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place!
2013 Science & Social Studies Fair rules
- Title of Project, Name, Grade, and Teacher should be clearly displayed on your project. This really helps the judges and volunteers.
- List your resources. Please give the title and author of books you used; list of websites; names of people interviewed, places visited, and all people who helped you complete your project.
- Displays must be free-standing and no larger than 4 feet wide by 3 feet tall. Purchase display boards at office supply stores or craft stores, or make your own.
- Dangerous chemicals, flames, or live animals are not permitted.
- There will not be access to electrical outlets.
- Displays that involve liquids or materials that could spill or make a mess should be self-contained (in a tray or tub) and set up in the “wet project” area. Students are responsible for clean-up.
Links & Ideas
On the internet, type in “science fair” and you will find more sites and lists of awesome project ideas than you could imagine! The two we most recommend are: