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Science Fair Projects. A survival guide to science fair projects at WG Davis (and hopefully, if you want, the regionals and nationals!). Why should I participate?. This is the only competition at the middle school level, where you can potentially compete nationally and even internationally!

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Science Fair Projects

A survival guide to science fair projects at WG Davis

(and hopefully, if you want, the regionals and nationals!)

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Why should I participate?

  • This is the only competition at the middle school level, where you can potentially compete nationally and even internationally!
  • Prizes! (not only money at the regionals, but even scholarships at the nationals)
  • You get to do REAL science – and science that you are personally interested in.
  • You will get smarter 
  • Our school has a great tradition of winning!
        • Great for your resume.
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How should I start?

  • Decide on a goal for yourself. (i.e. Regionals, Nationals...)
  • Decide if you’d like to work alone or with a partner.
  • Start reading the science section of the newspaper.
  • Choose an ORIGINAL and RELEVANT idea  - and then research to see if it has been done before.
  • Set deadlines for yourself.
  • Talk to your science about your idea before your start.
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What are the three types of projects?

  • Experiment
    • Follow the scientific method
    • Control all variables
  • Study
    • Gather original data to compare to data already out there.
  • Innovation
    • Invent something new – must be a working model and be useful.
      • For all three types of projects BE SURE that your idea has real world application.
      • The best projects include all 3 types .
how can i make it to the nationals
How can I make it to the Nationals?
  • Choose a topic that will make a difference in the world.
  • Plan a project that includes aspects of all three types of projects (innovation, experiment and study).
  • Be sure that your experiment has as much data as possible and you have controlled as many variables as possible
  • Try to contact an expert in your field of study. (i.e. A university professor...)
        • Take pictures of you involved in your experiment to include on your board
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What’s involved? .../1

  • Come up with an idea – before grade 8 starts.
  • Become an expert on your topic. Research, research, research. (Internet, expert interviews, books, newspapers...)‏
  • Come up with a method to keep track of your sources and data.
  • Gather all necessary data. Be sure to do more than two trials and to get enough data.
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What’s involved? .../2

  • Analyse your data to see if there are any patterns, if your hypothesis is correct, if your model is useful, ... If you need to gather more data!
  • Do more research to help analyse your results.
  • Write up your conclusions and applications.
  • Design and put your board together.
  • Plan your presentation to the judges.
  • Practice your presentation many times.
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Things to consider...

  • Alone or with a partner?
  • Prize categories for the regionals
    • Nuclear energy
    • Medical laboratories
    • Motor Vehicle Safety
    • Engineering society
    • Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals
    • Honourable Mentions
    • Environmental Innovation
        • Current topic?
        • Do I ENJOY the topic?
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Things to avoid ...

  • Choosing a project idea that you will get bored with or hate working on.
  • Choosing a project that involves animals.
  • Testing humans with too many uncontrolled variables (i.e. Does music affect learning?)‏
  • Choosing a project that is WAY too difficult to get done in the time that have – remember you have a life outside of this project!
  • Procrastination... ;)‏
          • Letting the project become someone else’s...
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Where can I get help?

  • Research from good sources (this includes parents, teachers and others you know).
  • Youth Science Foundation (ysf-fsj.ca)‏
  • Region of Peel Science Fair (peelscience.ca)
  • ‏Google Science Fair
  • Your brain and perseverance 
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Compare the two boards...

Which one is more effective?

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Before

and

after!

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The Regionals!

Top 6 projects from our school get to go! Are you coming?

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04-05

06-07

07-08

Come and be a part of team Davis 11-12!!

05-06

03-04

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The Nationals

W.G. Davis attends

five years and counting!

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2007 Truro, Nova Scotia

  • Silver Medal - Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Sponsor: Rx&D Health Research Foundation
  • Medal, $700 cash & certificate
  • Junior
  • Shocking Growth

The University of Western Ontario Scholarship

Sponsor: University of Western Ontario

Silver Medallist - $1500 Entrance Scholarship

Shocking Growth

Kristen Crane [14], Allison Hammond [13] – Peel ON

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2008 – Ottawa, ON

Silver Medal - Automotive

Bronze Medal - Earth & Environmental Sciences

The University of Western Ontario Scholarship

Sponsor:

University of Western Ontario

Silver Medallist - $1500 Entrance Scholarship

Reuben

Gurupatham

Jatropha Oil - Saving the Environment, One Drop at a Time

Saijal Suri, Hyui In Jun

Germy Hosts

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2009 – Winnipeg, Manitoba

Student: Howard Feng

Project: I Scream for Ice Cream But..

Awards:

The University of Western Ontario Scholarship

Bronze Medallist - $1000 Entrance Scholarship

Sponsor: University of Western Ontario

Bronze Medal - Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Sciences

Sponsor: Youth Science Canada

Division: Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Sciences /

Environmental Innovation

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Peterborough

May 15 - 23, 2010

Fighting BAC!

2010 toronto on

2010 – Toronto, ON

Our first grade 7 students to make it to the Nationals!

French Fries or French Fake?

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Team Canada wins "Best Delegation" at MILSET ESI in Tunisia

July 29, 2009

PEI

May 2012

Will this be you?

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