Science Fair General Info. (K-12)
Science Fair Goals
- Spark an interest in science by asking questions
- Learn and use the scientific method to look for answers
- Learn to organize and manage a project
- Potentially compete to advance to the regional science fair
Simplified 8 Week Checklist
- Week 1: Start notebook. Ask questions & pick a topic.
- Week 2: Research topic. Keep track of references.
- Week 3: Ask a question that you need an experiment or an observational study to answer. Develop hypothesis. Design your study.
- Week 4: Get mentor feedback. Get supplies for your study. Start your experiment/observation!
- Week 5: Continue experiment/observation. Record data. Start planning display. (5th – 12th grade: Outline project report.)
- Week 6: Continue experiment/observation. Record data. Collect materials for display. (First draft report.)
- Week 7: Finish experiment. Analyze data. Draw conclusions. (Revise report.)
- Week 8: Complete display and prepare for the fair. (Edit final report.)
Adapted from: First Place Science Fair Projects for Inquisitive Kids by Elizabeth Snoke Harris, 2005.
- Week 1: Starts Dec. 8
- Take time off for the week of Christmas
- Mentoring week: Jan. 5 – 11
- HSL Science Fair: Feb. 9 during co-op (We can make arrangement to display projects from kids who are unable to come on Thursdays.)
- Snow Date: Feb. 16
- Deadline for first place winners to register for Missouri Tri-County Regional Science and Engineering Fair: Feb. 17
- Tri-County Science Fair: March 4
- It is important that the kids are presenting work that they have thought of and completed themselves so they can learn.
- Safety First! Rules prohibit experiments with vertebrates (including humans), bacteria, fire, or anything that can possibly harm a person.
- Missouri Tri-County Regional Science and Engineering Fair rules and info. link:https://mtrsef.wordpress.com/
- The Academy of Science-St. Louis Science Fair (http://www.sciencefairstl.org/) is also a great resource with drop down menus for “Getting Started,” “Your Logbook,” and “Your Display,” although be aware that their rules are different.
- I have started a forum on the HSL website to post rules and schedules and as a place to ask questions. Please e-mail me if you want to be added as a member of this forum.
- Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or ideas to make this a great event!
- Carolyn Thai
- (636) 281-9277