Parent Guide to the Science Fair

Parent Guide to the Science Fair

Parent Guide to the Science Fair WR Thomas Middle School 6th Grade Students W R T H O M A S M I D D L E Introduction The science fair project implements the new common core standards for reading and writing as evident in the research, math due to numerical data, and science with scientific inquiry. Students will be eligible to compete in

the Annual South Florida Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Students have received information and due dates from their science teachers. W R T H O M A S M I D D L E The Project Board Project boards must be the standard size: 36 by 48. It cannot exceed this size. There are no official display regulations other than the Abstract must be placed on the bottom left hand

Results sideProblem of the poster Title board. However, here Statement is a guide to placing items onConclusion your Materials board: Hypothesi s Abstract Procedures Data Variables/Controls Charts/Graphs/ Pictures Application (or other student work) Science Fair Display Board

Dos & Science Donts Fair Science Fair Dos Do use computer-generated graphs. display photos representing the procedure and the results. Do use contrasting colors. Do limit the number of colors used. Do attach charts neatly. If there are many, place them on top of each other so that the top chart can be lifted to reveal the ones below. Do balance the arrangement of materials on the backboard. This means to evenly distribute the materials on the board so that they cover about the same amount of space on each panel. Do use rubber cement or doublesided tape to attach papers. White school glue causes the paper to wrinkle. Do Donts

Dont leave large empty spaces on the backboard. Dont show faces of people in pictures. Dont make the title or headings hard to read by using uneven lettering, words with letters of different color, or disorganized placement of materials. Dont hand-print the letters on the backboard. Dont attach folders that fall open on the backboard. Dont make mistakes in spelling words or writing formulas. Use SPELLCHECK! Materials for Your Display Board Display Board

Letters Border Designer Duct Tape Construction Paper Theme Stickers DIY (Do It Yourself) Labels on the computer with Word Art Clip Art Pictures Create-A-Graph Program Where to Get Materials Michaels Craft Store Walmart Target Staples Office Depot Office Max Get Smart (Teacher Store) Dollar Tree Store

W R T H O M A S M I D D L E Important Information No animals or bacteria growth projects will be allowed for the science fair. If websites or other research tools are used please make sure your child gives credit under bibliography (handed-in document). Some components of the science fair will be handed in and not placed on the board such as: the research plan and the bibliography. The abstract will be handed in and an additional copy will be placed on board.

W R T H O M A S M I D D L E Important Dates Student projects will be due Thursday, November 21st, 2013 Online registration deadline is December 9th All Paper work for selected projects is due Thursday, December 12th Selected projects will be checked into the Miami Dade North Campus on January 24th The competition and award ceremony take place on January 25th WR Thomas will be having an in-house science fair parent night to showcase student science fair is forthcoming

W R T H O M A S M I D D L E Helpful Websites for Further Information scienceFair/default.html (explains everything you need to know from criteria to rules) (hundreds of science fair project ideas including a student survey to help students choose the right topic) (free student resource for science fair)

W R T H O M A S M I D D L E Questions? If you have any questions you may ask your childs science teacher or contact the W.R. Thomas science fair coordinator directly at: [email protected] Science Fair projects are a great way for students to achieve rigor and critical thinking across various content areas!

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