Science fair informational ppt 2014


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Science fair informational ppt 2014

  1. 1. Science Fair Information
  2. 2. What am I going to do? What is a good idea for my science project? This is usually the first thing that you start thinking about when you hear “Science Fair.” Before you get too excited about an idea, you have to know the difference between an experiment and a demonstration.
  3. 3. Science Experiment … Not a Demonstration Experiment Not a Demonstration An experiment tests at A demonstration doesn’t least 2 different materials. Example: In which type of soil will a bean plant grow more? test different materials. Examples of demonstrations: Making a “volcano.” Creating an electrical circuit.
  4. 4. Upper grade students **5th grade “Variable” “Constant” The material that you Everything else in the change, or are testing, is your “variable.” It is the only thing that “varies” or changes. experiment needs to stay the same or “constant.” This is important, so that you can make accurate conclusions.
  5. 5. You can turn a demonstration idea into an experiment. A demonstration … If you wanted to create an electrical circuit, you can change it into an experiment by… …turned into an experiment … testing different types of materials or metals for the electricity to flow through. Or you can test different types of batteries. But you can only change one part of the circuit.
  6. 6. Other Places for Ideas:  Science Fair Project Information & Ideas:  Please go to: Cibolo Green’s website, tab – “Students”, “Science Fair”   We have lots of information on the website to help you.     Also, try these websites to look for project ideas.  Remember, not all the project ideas will be actual experiments. Some ideas might be      demonstrations. Make sure that you are testing one variable, taking measurements, and are able to graph the results. Science Buddies website – Pick a science topic. Don’t let the science vocabulary scare you. Several easy projects are listed under very scientific names. This site has lots of great ideas and details! Science Bob – Nice list of project ideas and other info. Science Fair Adventure – Choose a science topic and check out the ideas. Be careful that you choose an experiment and not a demonstration. Website. Choose “Elementary School” and then a grade level. This site also has lots of project ideas. Internet Public Library – This has some great information about the scientific method, steps, and ideas. Some of the links are old, but may be very useful to many of you.
  7. 7. Guidelines  All projects must be approved by your classroom teacher. Complete a PROJECT PROPOSAL form with a parent signature, and turn it in to your teacher by Thursday, February 6th.  All projects are done by individual students; Group projects will not be approved. Please do not include your name on your project. Your project will be given a number when it is presented.  Projects must be experimental investigations that meet grade-level expectations (see Science Fair link under “Students” on our school website for examples of project ideas for each grade level)  Your project display should be able to stand up on a standard student desktop (the top of a desk is 17 x 23 ½ “-any height is fine). Your display needs to include a clear presentation of all of the steps listed in (4) above. Again, remember not to write your name on your project. Your teacher will assign your project a number. Low-voltage batteries are permitted, but electrical outlets will not be available for project displays. Do not include liquids as part of your display. No live animals or animal parts may be displayed.  Projects must be brought to school on Friday, February 28  by 7:30 a.m.. Student presentations & preliminary judging will begin on that day.
  8. 8. More guidelines – Scientific Method Projects will include the steps of the scientific method: a question or problem (What are you wondering?) a hypothesis (What do you think you might find if you investigate this?) materials list (How many? What kind? How much? What size?) an explanation of the procedure (What steps will you follow in completing the experiment or investigation?) presentation of data (How can you show what happened after you investigated this? examples: charts, graphs, photographs, written work) a conclusion (What did your data show? What did you learn?)
  9. 9. Scientific Method Step 1 – Problem Problem: This is what you want to discover. It must be a written question. Make sure that you have chosen an actual experiment. Example: “Which brand of paper towels hold the most weight when they are wet?” If you are not comparing something, then it is a demonstration and not an experiment. You have to be able to measure or graph the results. Due Thursday, February 6th.
  10. 10. Scientific Method Step 2 – Hypothesis Hypothesis (Prediction): This is what you think the answer will be to your question. It is a statement of your educated guess. Try not to use “I,” “me,” or “my.” Non-example: “I think Bounty will hold more weight than Sparkle.” Example: “Bounty will hold more weight than Sparkle.” Due Thursday, February 6 th .
  11. 11. Scientific Method Step 3 – Materials Materials: List everything needed for the experiment. Your list should tell how much, how many, what kind, or what size for every item listed.  If possible, use metric measurements. Include any instruments used to measure the results. Final project due: Friday, February 28th at 7:30 a.m.
  12. 12. Scientific Method Step 4 – Procedure Procedure: This is a list of numbered steps followed during the experiment. Do not use “I,” “me,” or “my.” Be sure to tell how to set up the materials and what to do. Tell how to measure the results.
  13. 13. Scientific Method Step 5 – Data Data/ Observations: This includes a data table and/or a graph of recorded results. The experiment needs at least 3 trials or samples and should include all measurements and observations. You can also include pictures or photographs, but your face should not be in any photo.
  14. 14. Scientific Method Step 6 – Conclusion Conclusion: This is a summary stating your findings. Was your hypothesis accepted or rejected? How can this information be useful in the real world? What did you learn?
  15. 15. Timeline Thursday, Feb. 6th – Last day to turn in your project idea to your teacher. Friday, Feb. 7th – Teacher Approval of projects Friday, Feb. 28th – Students bring completed Science Projects to school by 7:30 a.m. Students will present their science fair project to the class. Tuesday, Mar. 4th – Final Science Project judging will take place March 5th & 6th – Winners Announced on Announcements Friday, Mar. 7th – All Science Fair Projects go home.
  16. 16. Judging Criteria 1) Valid question/testable problem presented, 2) Clearly stated hypothesis given, 3) Materials listed (Use metric, if possible.), 4) Steps in the procedure are clear, 5) Data gathered is clearly presented, 6) Conclusion refers to hypothesis, accurately reflects data with evidence of learning or application, 7) Display is neat and attractive & Evidence of time/effort 8) Originality 9) Presentation
  17. 17. Enjoy guiding your child in learning through science inquiry!