Although February may seem like a long way away, great research takes time and effort to complete! Don’t wait until last minute… get a head start on your project now! Use the resources and links on this page to help you have a successful Science Experience.
Most importantly, have fun!
Click here for the Science Process Timeline for the 19/20 School year.
Click here for the Scientific Process and Engineering Design Timeline for the 19/20 School Year.
Would you like to try an Engineering Design? The Engineering Design Process is the set of steps that a designer takes to go from identifying a problem or need, to creating and developing a solution that solves the problem or meets the need.
Don’t forget to get your project approved by your teacher.
Here is the Teacher Approval Form.
The information in this section was taken from the SARSEF web site.
Remember: How you display your project draws the viewer to it. The science in your project is what you want them to remember!
Projects must be no more than:
-30 inches deep (front to back)
-36 inches wide (side to side)
-42 inches high (only for table display)
Your project is your masterpiece! Be creative and have fun. All projects are different, but there is some information that is common to all of them, such as: the problem statement or question and hypothesis if used, methods (including materials and procedures), data, analytical procedures, the results, conclusions, a bibliography, and an abstract. Some participants also discuss what they would do next if they could conduct the investigation or do the project again.
Here’s some hints and suggestions to help you along the way:
- Text may be handwritten or computer generated
- Your project, text, diagrams, photos, etc. should be clear and readable from 1 meter away.
- When you attach items to your display board, consider using double sick tape, glue dots, velcro, or school glue.
- The only acknowledgements on the display board should be those that give credit for images. If you would like to acknowledge those who were helpful or a mentor who you appreciate, do that in your logbook.
Important things to note:
- a backboard which can be made from many types of materials including cardboard or wood. Please keep in mind the above dimensions when creating your board.
- a project journal or lab notebook. This consists of a hand-written account of your project. This is basically the proof that you did the work, so you should include all ideas and brainstorming from the conception of your project, right through the very end. You may also want to include how you could extend or expand your work if you were given the opportunity. Make sure to date and initial all of your entries in your journal or notebook.
- an abstract. This is a summary of your entire project in 250 words or less. This is optional (but definitely encouraged) for Kinder-4th grade, but is required for 5th grade.
- Models, test equipment, or items studied. These items are allowed, but whenever possible SARSEF discourages leaving these items on the project tables. There is a list of items that are unacceptable for display which can be found on the SARSEF site or by clicking here. If you’re going to display a model, consider protecting it so damage does not occur when visitors come to the fair. Photos are an excellent alternative and good ways to communicate about your project.
- Photos and/or Diagrams. Photos are completely optional, but are a great tool and are recommended. Hand drawn diagrams can be equally effective. Please remember that images of any source should be accredited to their creator or copyright holder. Photos that include people should show them performing the experiment, and not posed. Please note that inappropriate photos of animals in other than their natural habitat will be removed. (Please refer to the display and safety regulations on the SARSEF site for more information.)
- Applicable forms. All projects that have been approved by the Scientific Review Committee or the Institutional Review Board must have those forms available during setup and judging. It’s a good idea to only bring copies to the fair, and to keep the originals at home in a safe place.
This web site has resources for students, parents and teachers. There is an “Ask an Expert” section, as well as project ideas and “Topic Selection Wizard.”
This site sponsored by Discovery Education and Scotch provides information for parents and students about project ideas, and also provides a guide for parents so they may assist in project planning and implementation.
A site featuring science presentations that are done on Dragonfly TV. Each experiment has its own webpage with ideas for further information and discussion.