RADNOR ELEMENTARY SCIENCE FAIR GUIDE - 2020
WHEN: April 14, 2020, 6:00-8:00 PM.
We encourage all families to come out and see the wonderful projects our budding scientists have created.
DROP OFF: April 13, 2020, between 3:00-6:00 PM.
The projects will be on display on Monday and Tuesday. Projects will be grouped by grade level.
IMPORTANT: Make plans to ensure your project can be dropped off during this time.
WHAT: Bring your project and supporting materials. Tables will be provided.
SIGN-UP: Online: MySchoolAnywhere app - Email: Anyone of the science fair contact people below - Paper: print out a sign-up sheet and return to school
QUESTIONS: Please contact the RES Science Fair Committee: Grace Liu (email@example.com); Arpa Garay (firstname.lastname@example.org); Dr. Sandra Ryeom (email@example.com).
CATEGORIES: 1) a learn and explain format or 2) a scientific experiment format.
LEARN AND EXPLAIN
Background: Provide information about the scientific concept you are exploring.
Procedure: List materials and describe how you explored your idea. This could be a model, a survey, artwork, or other ways of presenting your concept.
Observations: Describe what happened when you tested your concept or built your model or research your topic.
Conclusion: Describe what you learned from this project and how it could be used in real life. Discuss any problems you encountered and how you overcame them.
Purpose: Explain what you are trying to prove or why you are doing the experiment.
Hypothesis: Explain what you think will happen in the experiment and why.
Procedure: List materials (with exact amounts if possible), how the experiment is set up, and the steps you took to perform the experiment.
Data: Describe or show observations and display actual measurements (in graphs, tables, or other formats).
Conclusion: Discuss and explain your results from the experiment. Discuss possibilities for errors, how the experiment could be improved, future possible steps, and how your results could be used in real life situations.
We will have scientists from Penn Medicine, Johnson & Johnson, and science students from Villanova and Bryn Mawr Colleges judging science fair projects. Each grade will receive a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place award. All science fair participants will receive a participation prize.
Important: If students wish to take part in the judging and be eligible for the Science Super Star award, they must meet the following criteria:
- Complete project themselves with minimal parental involvement
- If in grades 3-5, the participant must follow the scientific method principles
We ask that you encourage your child and monitor his/ her progress along the way. It is important that your child wrestles with problems and tries to solve them. Guide your child whenever and wherever you can, but let the final project reflect your child's individual effort and design. Please also note that it is OK (although not required) to use computer programs in creating the display board. This can produce neater and more readable boards and teaches the student some computer skills. Parental help with the computer is fine (and probably necessary for younger grades).
Tri-fold presentation boards of corrugated cardboard are readily available at most office supply or teachers supply stores (Lake Shore, Staples, Target, Amazon). Standard size is 36" tall by 48" wide (folds in three panels to 36" tall by 24" wide). These are great and easy ways to display the presentation. Boards can be purchased at Amazon via this link.
If you are unable to purchase one, please contact one of the Science Fair Committee members and a trifold presentation board will be provided to you.
Use pictures and drawings to help the audience understand the experiment.
Be Organized. Every chart, graph, and the picture should be clearly labeled with titles, headings, and units of measure.
A Good Title. The title is the attention grabber. Pick something that is catchy, while accurately summarizing the research. The title should be big and easily read from at least three feet away.
Eye-Catching. Use colorful headings, charts, and graphs to present the project. Using similar font families and colored backgrounds can further help to group the information and organize the display.
Proofread. Carefully review all of the materials put on your display board.
Neatness counts. Make sure anything on the board that is handwritten is neat and legible and the board is constructed as neatly as possible.
Don't forget the tablespace. There is more than just the backboard display to show off the project. Use the table space in front of the presentation board to display the project notebook, research papers, and any appropriate models.
Check that the display board contains the following (as appropriate):
o Review of Literature or Background Material
o Procedure (include materials list)
o Data Chart(s) and Graph(s)
o Discussion of Results
Keeping a Notebook/ Journal (not required)
Although not required, a notebook to record your experiment and thoughts can be helpful. Here are some helpful hints for keeping a notebook:
Label your lab notebook with your project title, your name(s), and teacher's name in a prominent location. This is a permanent record of all of your activities associated with your project.
Always date every entry, just like a journal. Entries should be brief and concise. Full sentences are not required.
Don't worry about neatness. It's a personal record of your work. Do not re-do your lab notebook because it looks sloppy. Think of the lab notebook as your "Dear Diary" for the science fair. It's not just for recording data during the experimental phase of your project
The notebook should be used during all phases of your project: jotting down ideas or thoughts for a project, phone numbers, contacts or sources and prices of supplies, book references, diagrams, graphs, figures, charts, sketches, or calculations.
Log entries should include your brainstorming, calculations, library/internet searches, phone calls, interviews, meetings with mentors or advisors, notes from tours of laboratories, research facilities, and other related activities. Remember that it's documentation of your work.
Glue, staple or tape any loose papers, photocopies of important items. Loose papers or other unsecured items are prohibited since they tend to fall out and can end up missing.
Include a reflections section in your lab notebook. For example, what, if anything would I do differently next time? What part of the experiment could be changed to improve the experimental procedure? In many cases, this is part of the conclusion.
Always include any changes made to procedures, mishaps, failures, or mistakes. Sometimes the best discoveries are due to a mistake or failure of an experiment.
Include any and all observations made during your experiment. In other words, record ALL data directly in your lab notebook. If that is not possible, then attach photocopies of data in the lab notebook.
Remember, keeping up a great lab notebook throughout the entire duration of the science project really pays off later! As it will also help you later when you need to look back and provide details of what you did.
SCIENTIFIC METHOD (required only for 3-5 graders that want to be part of the judging)
The scientific method is a process for experimentation that is used to explore observations and answer questions. Scientists use the scientific method to search for cause and effect relationships in nature. In other words, they design an experiment so that changes to one item cause something else to vary in a predictable way. Just as it does for a professional scientist, the scientific method will help you to focus your science fair project question, construct a hypothesis, design, execute, and evaluate your experiment.