It's time for our Virtual Science Fair!
We are gearing up in preparation for this year's virtual science fair! Science fairs are exciting events that encourage students to think like young scientists. The Science fair is an opportunity for students to apply the scientific method to conduct independent research. The results of each student's research are presented in a school-wide science fair where the student's efforts are displayed to determine scientific merit. Students who have been judged to have used the scientific method properly and who have demonstrated thoroughness in their studies and effort are awarded prizes and are advanced to compete in regional, state, national, and international science fairs.
Project Requirements: Middle School Division (6th-8th)
- The following project materials must be included in your virtual project:
- Research Report
- Log book (optional)
- Project Presentation Sway Template (attached below)
- The Project Presentation PowerPoint will replace the presentation board this year. Students should follow the template and edit it with their project’s information.
- Please note: Students are not allowed to work on projects that involve humans, vertebrate animals, and hazards.
All Final projects are due March 1st, 2021. *Please note: Students who are quarantined during this time should use it to continue to work on their projects to be able to turn in once they return
*Here is an electronic copy of all of the items presented in the 6th Grade Science Fair packet*:
Please note: Each of the items listed below was printed and presented to each student as a hard copy. Here are the individual pages of the packet.
1. 2020-2021 HMS Letter to Parents- Parents and students should review this letter to make sure that the expectations for the science fair are clear. Please sign and bring back the bottom portion of the letter and keep the top portion as a reference.
2. Science Buddies: Science Project Proposal Form
3. "Your Research Paper Guideline"
4. Guideline to Virtually Presenting Your Science Fair Project
5. "Citing Sources: Showing how you found your information"
6. Science Fair Grade Rubric
**IMPORTANT!** Here are some additional resources that you may find helpful in getting started
1. Scientific research websites:
2. Understanding Independent and Dependent Variables:
a. "Independent and Dependent Variables Made Easy"
b. "Biology: Independent vs. Dependent Variables"
3. How to get started with your science fair project:
"DIY Space: How to do a Science Fair Project- Steps 1-3"
4. What is a controlled experiment- Your experiment MUST be a controlled experiment. Here are videos to help you tell the difference
a. "Controlled Experiments- Overview and content Vocabulary"- https://youtu.be/YQBrB4ewyKk
b. "Controls and Variables Conducting a Controlled Experiment"- https://youtu.be/Zwv3LIg2NjE
c. "Examples of a controlled experiment using the Scientific Method"- https://youtu.be/yQwc0K6qldU
5. Observational Study (or Demonstration) vs. controlled experiment- Your experiment MUST be a controlled experiment. Here are videos to help you tell the difference
a. "Observational Study vs Experiment"-https://youtu.be/2OnduwEujlk
b. "Science Magic You Can Do- Science Experiment vs Demonstration"- https://youtu.be/vN4Va0IffNU
6. Video Tutorial on How to use SWAY: https://libraryguides.mdc.edu/c.php?g=818255&p=6951999
7. How to cite your own photo:
Writing your hypothesis:Remember to put your hypothesis in the "If___, then___" formatFor example:If I replace the battery in my car, then my car will get better gas mileage.If I eat more vegetables, then I will lose weight faster.If I add fertilizer to my garden, then my plants will grow faster.If I brush my teeth every day, then I will not develop cavities