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Ben Franklin Academy
Elementary Program Student Presentation 2013
The elementary school science fair is noncompetitive
3rd – 5th grade do individual projects following
the same rules as the middle school
There are four parts to the project:
1. Think about your hypothesis: what do you
2. Experiment: how will you TEST you hypothesis?
3. Show everyone your board presentation.
4. Tell everyone about your project with the verbal
Project descriptions are due March 8th.
The fair will be the week of April 16th-18th.
1. 3rd grade April 16th
2. 4th grade April 17th
3. 5th grade April 18th
Let your parents know they can come see the
projects from 4-5pm each day.
During the afternoons other grades to come through
and look at the projects.
Parents can help, but YOU need to do the
◦ The goal of the science fair is to provide you
with the opportunity to learn and grow and
gain experience for the Regional Fair in middle
◦ The work should be your own work.
◦ Your parents can provide guidance but should
not do the work.
◦ The presentation boards are not expected to be
a flawless presentation.
The current handbook was developed for both
the Middle School and the Elementary School
science fairs – be careful on reading it for just
the elementary school.
The handbook has a lot of reference information
on how to do the projects, come up with
experiment ideas and things to include in your
Handbook can be found on the BFA website:
◦ Scroll to the bottom and look for the link
Science Fair Handbook
◦ Formulate a Question:
You should not already know the answer!
◦ Gather Background Information:
Collect information from several reliable sources.
◦ Form a Hypothesis:
Based on what you know, can you “guess” the answer?
◦ Make a Prediction:
More details on your hypothesis that will help prove (or
disprove) the hypothesis.
Include “why” or “because” you make this prediction.
Step 1: Hypothesis
◦ Figure out a way to test your question and prove or disprove your
hypothesis and predictions.
Document your test so anyone can repeat your test. Take pictures, diagrams, and write
down the steps you did and what happens at each step.
The test should include “inputs”/variables and “outputs”/measurement results.
◦ Make sure your tests are specific, altering only one variable at a
time, you can record multiple results from each test.
◦ Be specific on your results.
◦ Sometimes experiments don’t work, you may need to change your test
procedures, variables, or measurements.
◦ DO NOT change the results to fit your experiment or expected results.
Can you figure out why the results do not match your expectation?
◦ Review your results and form a conclusion from your experiment.
Step 2: Experiment
Notice the following in
It should include
ALL of the steps
you have done.
It is not
crowded, busy or
It makes each
section easy to find.
It includes only
Step 3: Presentation Board
the judges about your experiment.
You will need to give a short 3-5 minute
presentation on your experiment to 2-3 judges.
◦ Prepare what you want to say.
◦ Point out the important parts of your presentation board and
◦ Don’t read what is on the board, tell them about what it says.
Be prepared for questions from the judges!
◦ The judges may interrupt you while you are talking to ask
◦ Answer in short clear answers.
◦ SMILE, stand up straight and look them at them.
◦ Judges don’t bite! They are interested in your project.
◦ Be excited about your project!
Step 4: Verbal Presentation
Which is better? What is missing?
What’s Wrong with this Board?
Some good examples
See the handbook for a complete list of
rules, but here are some important things to
◦ No experiments on People, Fish, Insects or Animals.
◦ SAFTEY FIRST! No dangerous
chemicals, flames, breakable items like glass or light
bulbs, dangerous moving parts (like open fans)
◦ Students are responsible for cleanup of their project!
◦ Keep valuables at home! (No laptops etc.)
◦ NO plagiarism. You can repeat someone else's
experiment, but you may not copy or present their work
as your own.
◦ If you are not sure about a rule, ask your teacher.
There are some rules!
Registration Form Due Mar 8th
In 1928, Alexander Fleming was performing tests on the Strep
He accidently left a petri dish out overnight and the next morning
found that some mold was growing on it that killed his bacteria
culture. He very nearly threw the culture in the trash.
His failed experiment discovered the Penicillin mold.
Penicillin started an entirely new type of drug called antibiotics
used by the human body to fight infection.
Penicillin has been attributed with saving MILLLIONS of lives.
Sometimes, the best experiments you learn the most from are
the Failed ones…
Learn from your mistakes and Keep Moving Forward!
One Last Note: