Until further notice, all students are to suspend any activities related to human subjects testing. It is impossible at this time (as of 03/19/20) to anticipate whether students will be returning to school and when. This puts the timeline for science fair very much up in the air. I will update you as soon as we have more information. Thank you for your patience.
Thank you for your interest in participating in the 4th Annual Science Fair at Running Springs. Please click the link below to print the official science fair packet, or if you prefer to save paper, you can just print the very last page to be attached to your students’ science fair board.
Remember, science fair projects are due on April 23rd from 7:45 to 8:15am during or right after the drop off.
Below there will be helpful tips and resources (in no particular order)
- I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this fun and helpful resource to help students brainstorm ideas and learn about HOW to choose and then execute a good science fair project. It will also help guide them through the whole process the right way.
- By the way, they sell cheap display boards at Hobby Lobby for a few bucks.
- One way to make a neat looking presentation board is to type your sections on 8.5x11in powerpoint slides, and then print them out and paste them on the board. This way you can control and play around with font styles (don’t go crazy), colors, etc.
- It is best to do an experiment where students follow the scientific method. Here is a teachable example of the process:
- formulate a testable hypothesis (fertilizer A will help a plant grow faster because it is more popular than fertilizer B). Kinda boring, but sounds like a reasonable guess.
- design an experiment (place apple seeds in 3 pots – 1 pot with dirt (a control that has no fertilizer), 1 pot with fertilizer A, and 1 pot with fertilizer B).
- collect data, in this case by taking pictures every few days and documenting – when did the seed first sprout out of the ground? How tall was each sprout after 10 days? 20 days? 30 days? Use a ruler and take precise measurements.
- analyze results and present the data in graphs, tables, charts, pictures, etc.
- draw your conclusion from the data, e.g. I found that contrary to my original hypothesis, fertilizer B resulted in faster growth of the apple sprout. Furthermore, I researched the number of commercials run by each company and found out that fertilizer A was shown 100 times more often in commercials fertilizer B, which could explain why it was more popular even though it performed worse in our test.
Other helpful links are listed below in no particular order. Judges note: Use these for inspiration and talk through ideas with your children. It would be OK to copy an idea you find exactly, as the student will still learn about doing the scientific process and producing a report on it, BUT the very best ideas for a personalized project will come from the students themselves building on an idea they see.
You can poke around here for some inspiration and well written articles: https://www.thoughtco.com/chemistry-projects-4133589
This website is easy to navigate by grade and has some cool ideas: https://www.education.com/science-fair/second-grade/