Science Fair Project

Science Fair Training
Science Fair
1. Present Scientific Method slides containing information on a display board
Exhibit the experiment with the display board
2. Parents are encouraged to assist children but are asked to maintain the role of
assistant only.
3. If parents type the display board information, they should have children dictate
the information as it is being typed.
4. Construction paper or colored paper should be used behind all display board
items to give a neat, organized, and creative effect.
5. Students are expected to use these Scientific Method slides in the given order for
continuity on the display boards as it is helpful to judges. Students may change
the theme of the slides to make their presentations more unique or creative.
Remember that the Science Fair should be a fun method
of learning and is intended to help in preparing students for the STAAR
Science Fair Project
Type/write your project title here.
Put your assigned number
without your name for the display board
Type/write your question here.
(This is the question that your experiment answers.)
• Type/write a detailed list of the items you need
to complete your experiments.
• Be specific about the amounts used.
• List all of the steps used in completing your
• Remember to number your steps.
• If possible, add photos of your experiments.
Photos must NOT show the student.
• At least three trials must be completed.
Summarize your research here in five or more bullet points:
Do not give more than ten points, however.
State FABULOUSLY INTERESTING Facts that help the reader
understand how your project works!
You must use at least three sources of information. One source
must be an encyclopedia. You must be able to explain in your
own words any facts that you show. In other words, do not put
in information that you do not understand.
• 1st bullet point
• 2nd bullet point
• 3rd bullet point
• 4th bullet point
• 5th bullet point
What do you think the result of your experiment will
It is okay if you are incorrect.
• Controlled variables: These are the things
that are kept the same throughout your
• Independent variable: The ONE variable that
you purposely change and test.
• For example, a plant experiment would use
the type of plant, size of container, amount of
water, and amount of sunlight would serve
as the control variables while the type of soil
may be the independent variable that
• It is easier to understand the data (information)
if it is put into a table or graph.
• Draw a table/graph or create one in a software
package such as PowerPoint or Microsoft Excel.
• Make sure all data (information) is clearly
Type/write a brief summary here of your discovery
based on the results of the experiment. Indicate
whether or not the data (information) supports the
hypothesis and EXPLAIN WHY OR WHY NOT.
• Be sure to list books, magazines, encyclopedias, and
Internet sources that you used.
• Put them in alphabetical order.
• Students will be expected to stand beside their projects on Parent Night and
during Science class period as visitors tour the exhibits.
• The students’ behavior while presenting their information will be included in
the grade for the Science Fair.
• Students are expected to look visitors in the eye, shake their hands, and speak
loudly and clearly in response to questions about the projects.
• The students’ grades will be determined by Mrs. Hagood and will not be
influenced by judges decisions.
• Scoring will be based on how well students meet the criteria.
Unacceptable Projects
• Remember that the experiment must prove a hypothesis and cannot be a
model of how something works or a report on another person’s research .
For example, students cannot actually go into outer space to research
how plants grow; therefore, a project of this type would be a research
Also a volcano could be created to show chemical reactions with
research on that area but should not be presented as an experiment on how
a volcano works. Vinegar and baking soda are not materials found in lava
and cannot be utilized as an experiment on Earth processes where a
variable is used to prove a volcanic theory hypothesis.
Science Fair Ideas
Remember to Follow Safety
• Students should wear safety glasses.
• Do not taste anything unless it is approved by a responsible
• Wear protective clothing if needed.
• Avoid using dangerous materials or fire/heat unless supervised
by a responsible adult.
• Use good judgment and common sense at all times.
Judging Sheet
Judges should score projects within a range of 1 to 5. Consider a 1 to be very low, a 2 is close to meeting
the expectation, 3 should reflect that the student did what was expected. A 4 will be above average with a 5
being a superior rating. If possible, it will be appreciated if scores are totaled.
Title Page includes Number & Tchr.___________________
Materials _________________________________________
Procedure- detailed steps of experiment__________________
Research (Must have 5 facts)__________________________
Variables _________________________________________
1. Controlled variable- is the step/material that stays the same
2. Independent variable- is the step/material that changes.
Project Number
Hypothesis –What student thinks will happen______________
Project Title
Data/Observations – In graph or table form________________ ______________________
Conclusion- What they discovered__ _____________________
Bibliography- Where information was found ________________
Neat -Board has slides displayed with construction paper backing Judge Number
and is neatly arranged__________________________________ ____________________
12. Of Superior Quality (Bonus Points)_______________________
13. Creative display -(Bonus Points)____________________________
Total ____________
Student With Display Board
and Experiment