The 2018 Science & Engineering Fair

What is it? The Elementary Science & Engineering Fair is a wonderful way for students to share their STEM-related interests with the school community. What are they most excited about after 6-years of school?! Each project must consist of a student-led investigation and a display to present the results to their peers and judges. Students come up with their own question / problem and design an investigation / creation to answer that question / solve the problem. 

New this year, in addition to using the Scientific Method to answer a question, students can use the Engineering Design Process to invent something to solve a problem – but they still have to collect data from before and after, and create a presentation detailing their efforts.

Projects will be categorized into the following 12 groups: Animal Science, Astronomy / Physics, Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth / Environmental Science, Engineering Mechanics, Environmental Engineering, Materials Science, Plant Science, Robotics, Social Science.

How will they be judged? We will use the CCSD Elementary Science Fair Rubric (shown below) to evaluate projects. 

 

Who participates? All 5th-grade students will be expected to turn in a project, but all other students are welcome to participate. Students will work individually, no teams.

When is the fair? Project displays are due on Tuesday, January 9th. Students will present their project throughout the week during their normal Science Lab time. Winners for each category will be announced at the school Science & Engineering Fair on Thursday, January 18th. The top six projects from our school will go on to the Cobb County Science Fair on February 10th.

How do you display the results? Each project must complete a tri-fold display board or 3'x3' poster (which can be designed and printed at school). The presentation must include the: question/problem, 3 research sources, hypothesis, procedure, equipment, data, analysis (including graphs), pictures and conclusions. Use of a journal is also encouraged. A one-page abstract summarizing the project is also required. Use of a journal is also encouraged.  Models, samples and technology presentations are not required, but can only help!

 

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.

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 December, but all experiments / inventions will be done at home. Your student’s topic may be limited by what they can accomplish at home!

What’s next? By November 16th students are required to turn in the Project Overview form (linked here) outlining their research question and project.  The sooner they turn it in for approval, the sooner they will get feedback! Their project can change after this point, but this will help point them in a direction! 

Contact Mr. Giunta at joseph.giunta@cobbk12.org with any questions.