Children are natural scientists! A science fair is an opportunity to share their discoveries. We encourage all children to join this community event!
You are surrounded by science. Everything uses some form of science to make it work. Science is also asking questions and exploring answers. Children are natural scientists, observing, predicting and asking questions. A science project, simply put, is the process of asking a question you have about something you are interested in, hypothesizing (best guessing) what that might be, researching the information on that topic, experimenting, inventing, collecting or doing in-depth research, analyzing your results and coming to a conclusion. This is a great opportunity for you to share your interestswith your community and learn the process of the scientific method.
Optional Science Fair Projects
Collection (5 and 6 years old)
Collect and organize something of interest, answering questions related to observations made while exploring your world. Examples: What kinds of insects can be found in my backyard? How are shells different? How are rock shapes different?
Experiment (5 through 18 years old)
Conduct an experiment to find the answer to your question/problem. Use The Scientific Method to take you through the process of asking a question, doing some preliminary research, making a hypothesis (your best guess on how it will turn out), planning and conducting your experiment, and analyzing your results.
Invention (7 through 18 years old)
Everyone is an engineer! You can use science, math, and creativity to dream up and design an object or a process to solve a real life problem. Helpful steps can include: asking a question, brainstorming, planning, creating, testing, and modifying if you feel necessary.
Research Project (6 through 18 years)
Someone has already found the answer to your question/problem, and you will look for their answer/solution by conducting research of your choice which can include: reading books, talking to experts, and gathering information from other sources.
Display boards can vary. Participants may choose to purchase one at an educational supply store or use recycled cardboard. An attachment will be forwarded to participants via email that will include science fair guidance, resources and titles (problem, hypothesis, research, and conclusion) that can be printed or participates can create their own.
Another handout: Science Fair Info Part 2 & 3
The GEE! Science Fair will take place on May 9, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 3:00pm. This will be a day of fun and an opportunity to share your science project. On the day of the fair you will display your science project for your family, friends and community to see and you may also sign up at a particular time to talk about or demonstrate your project. If you need any help or have questions please feel free to drop by the Lighthouse Church in Long Beach between 12:10 and 12:40pm on the second Monday in March and the third Monday in April. Also, you may post any questions on the GEE! Website or email me at [masked].
This is your project, make it your own. Learning or reviewing the Scientific Method will be your road map to completing and reviewing your science project. It will help guide you through your project. The scientific method template is attached to help you organize your display board. Consider the following:
1. I wonder (QUESTION/PROBLEM) – State the problem. Choose a topic in which you are interested in learning more about.
2. I found (RESEARCH) – Research, read, watch science videos, and contact resource people who may help. Incorporate prior knowledge.
3. I think (HYPOTHESIS/PREDICTION) – Form a hypothesis as a one-sentence statement. The hypothesis is an educated guess (your best guess) or prediction based on your preliminary research.
4. I did (EXPERIMENT or COLLECTION or INVENTION)
Keep the following in mind:
a. Materials: Plan and collect the materials you will need. It is best to borrow, make, or use inexpensive materials.
b. Procedure: Plan the steps of your experiment or invention carefully and proceed.
c. Observe and record data: Plan how you will record your data. Record what happens during your experiment or format of your invention.
d. Result: Summarize findings in the form of drawings, graphs or data tables. Write an explanation of your findings (younger scientists can ask parents for help).
5. I reported (DOCUMENT i.e. pictures, video, report or graphs/tables or report)
6. I learned (CONCLUSION) – The conclusion answers the hypothesis. What did you learn from your experiment or research
Helpful science fair websites:
All children will receive a participatory ribbon.
Our science teacher, Ms. Gabriela, will be leading the science fair!