• THE SCIENCE FAIR IS COMING 
     
     

    February 6th (Tk-5th) 2019

    From 5 to 7 PM 

    Projects must be dropped off at school by 8:15 AM on the day of presentation.

    Student presenter check-in for the Science Fair opens at 4:45pm.

    Projects must be taken home at the end of the *following* day. Projects will be set up for classroom walk-throughs for the day following the Fair.

     
     
     
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    Please direct questions to: Brendan Faherty (brendan.faherty@gmail.com) or Clay Kunz (clayton.kunz@gmail.com)

    What is the Science Fair?
     
    The SPS Science Fair is a noncompetitive, fun, family, after school event where kids have the opportunity to showcase their imagination, inventiveness and creativity. Fifth graders must produce a project that will be displayed during their night, however they do not need to attend the Fair and present their work if they do not want to. We heartily encourage TK through 4th graders to work independently or together to create a submission for Tuesday night. Note: Students are welcome to attend either or both nights without feeling pressured to develop an experiment or exhibit.
    Science Fair Forms
    • Forms are due by Friday, Janruary 25th, 2019
    • On-line form
    How do I participate?

    Students and parents are encouraged to brainstorm together to figure out a fun, creative STEAM question or subject that is of interest. After an amazing idea has been settled on:

    1. Determine which of the following types of projects is appropriate (see below for more information on project types).
      • a science experiment
      • a research project
      • a survey (for K and TK only)
    2. Fill out a Science Fair Form (either on-line or printed out).
    3. 5th graders must work independently; but other grades may work in teams of up to 4 students.
    4. Don't forget to use the library, friends and family, or internet for help.
    5. Assemble a display describing your project so that everyone can understand. Displays typically use a trifold board or poster board, along with demonstration components, if required. Electricity is available during the Science Fair, upon request.
    6. Bring your finished project display to the MPR on the morning of the correct Science Fair day during drop off.
    7. If presenting, check in with at the Science Fair Scientist table before the actual start of the Science Fair.
    8. Each project will be celebrated with a well-deserved ribbon, those that choose to present their projects to official Strawberry Scientists will also receive a medal.
     
    example of science fair display  
    An example of a very thorough display setup
    What is a Science Experiment? 

    A science experiment is a project that uses the scientific method to answer a question, like "how many licks does it take to get the center of a tootsie roll pop?"

    a flowchart depicting the scientific method  
    A flowchart showing the steps of the scientific method
     
    Students must follow a discrete series of steps in the proper order to meet the rigor of the scientific method:
    1. Define the problem. This can be in the form of a question.
    2. Create a hypothesis. What do you think will happen?
    3. Gather materials needed to test your hypothesis.
    4. Figure out and record the experimental procedure. How will you use the materials to test the hypothesis? (Make sure to record enough detail so that someone else could do your experiment)
    5. Record your results and write up your discussion. What happened exactly? Be sure to include real data as it happened. A discussion might include ideas about future tests or changes you might have made.
    6. Write up your conclusion. What did you learn? Did you prove or disprove your hypothesis?
    7. Finish by thinking about future research. Given your experiment, are there other questions to explore?
    What is a Research Project?
     
    A research project is presentation of a scientific, technological, engineering, artistic, or mathmatical problem that has already been answered. For instance, "How is energy from the sun captured and transformed by photovoltaic cells?". A research project allows the students to demonstrate their in-depth learning about a subject and their ability to explain it to others.
    image showing flow of solar energy through a pv cell
    Depiction of energy generated by a PV cell 
     
    To research a STEAM problem, a student must:
    1. Work with their parents to figure out what the scope of the research should be.
    2. Use more than one source to uncover exciting research to share; don’t forget the library!
    3. Compile the collected research into a story that fellow students can understand
    4. Find some good images or objects to demonstrate your understanding of the research problem.
    5. Think of the future of this problem, what is the next step? What is there left to do?
    6. Put it all together into a display that can be shared during the Science Fair
    What is a Survey?
     
    Transitional kindergarteners and kindergarteners may put together a survey of observations of their environment. A survey question might be, "How many different kinds of trees are there on my street?"
    students using magnifying glasses to explore nature
    Students examining nature 
     
    To conduct a STEAM related survey, a student should:
    1. Work with their parents to figure out what the scope of the survey, what do you want to count or measure?
    2. Grab a clipboard and start measuring! Use descriptive categories and labels to record your data.
    3. Compile the collected research into a story that fellow students can understand
    4. Find some good images or objects to demonstrate what kinds of things you measured.
    5. Think of the next survey that someone could do? What might you do differently next time?
    6. Finally, put it all together into a display that can be shared during the Science Fair!
    What is not allowed?
    • Use of dangerous chemicals, tools or weapons are strictly prohibited.
    • Experiments that provide food to students are strongly discouraged.
    • No live animals, projectiles, explosives or any activity that might damage persons or property.