What is it? The Elementary Science Fair is a wonderful way for elementary-aged students to participate in and experience a scientific project. Each science fair project must consist of a student-led scientific investigation and a display to present the investigation results to their peers and judges. Students come up with their own question based on their own interests and design an investigation to answer that question.
Who participates? All 5th-grade students will be expected to turn in a project, but all other students are welcome to participate. Students may work individually, or in teams of 2-3 with siblings or students from their homeroom.
When is the fair? Our school competition will be on Monday, January 30th, 2017. The top six projects from our schools (any grade levels) will go on to the Cobb County Science Fair on Saturday, February 11th at Kennesaw Mountain High School.
How do you display the results? Each project must complete a tri-fold display board that includes: question/problem, research, hypothesis, procedure, equipment, data, analysis, pictures and conclusions. A printed report is encouraged but not required. Use of a journal is also encouraged. Models, samples and technology presentations are not required.
Best Practices: Parents are encouraged to guide students, but not to do the project. Models, including volcanoes or robots, and “research only” projects on general interest topics are NOT acceptable projects. Projects should be experiment-based, and results data-driven results.
Where have we been? Our 5th-graders have been spending time in Science Lab learning the Scientific Method, and researching and discussing scientific topics that most interest them. There are a lot of resources online to help students narrow down their interests if they are still having trouble deciding on a project. We will continue to work on the Science Fair in the lab through January, but all experiments will be done at home. Your student’s topic may be limited by what you can accomplish at home!
What’s next? Before the holiday break students are required to turn in the Project Overview form (linked here) outlining their research question and purpose, identifying the independent (what is changed) and dependent (what is measured) variables, and proposing a hypothesis.
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