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Kern county regional science fair 2013 coaches workshop eldred marshall 661 636 4640

Kern County Regional Science Fair 2013

Coaches Workshop

Eldred Marshall

(661) 636-4640

[email protected]

Office of Christine Lizardi Frazier

Kern County Superintendent of Schools

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What makes a good project

What makes a good project?

  • An investigation

  • Begins with student interest in a subject

  • Needs a clear hypothesis – based on research, reading, and/or observation

  • Procedure which tests the hypothesis

  • Appropriate apparatus

  • Execution of the experiment

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What makes a good project1

What makes a good project?

  • Repeat sufficient number of times to get reliable results

  • Record all results

  • Analyze data

  • Develop conclusions

  • Communicate all of the above clearly

  • Suggest further hypotheses and experiments

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Getting ideas for projects

Getting ideas for projects

  • Lots of resources are available– some examples follow:

  • CSSF website – www.usc.edu/cssf “Getting Started” and “Fair Resources by Subject”

  • Some example sites:

    • Super Science Fair Projects www.super-science-fair-projects.com

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Getting ideas for projects1

Getting ideas for projects

  • Links to project ideas http://www.All-Science-Fair-Projects.com

  • The Ultimate Science Fair Resource http://www.scifair.org/

  • Science Buddies http://www.sciencebuddies.org

  • TheScienceClub http://scienceclub.org//kidproj1.html

  • Science FairProjects World www.sciencefair-projects.org

  • Science News for Kids www.sciencenewsforkids.org

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Abstracts

Abstracts

  • Used to place projects in categories

    • Projects occasionally misplaced because abstracts were unclear and/or incomplete

    • Projects are unlikely to be moved if they are not in the correct category

  • Judges read them to get preview of project

  • Can be critically important for entries in CSSF

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What is a restricted project

What is a Restricted Project?

Any project which may require additional adult supervision due to potentially harmful materials, handling of non-human vertebrates, or topics sensitive to either the student or subject(s).

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Types of restricted projects

Types of Restricted Projects

  • Hazardous/controlled substances

    ~ “Keep Out Of Reach Of Children”

  • Firearms

  • Non-human vertebrates

  • Human subjects, including surveys

  • Bacteria

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And the forms that go with them

…and the forms that go with them

  • Designated Supervisor

  • Qualified Scientist

    ~ may NOT be the student’s parent

  • Human Subjects Form

  • Informed Consent Form

    ~ use of a roster MAY be allowable; see sample

  • Humane Treatment of Live Animals Form

  • Human, Animal Tissue, Microorganisms Form

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For clarification

For Clarification

  • In general terms, the Designated Supervisor is the person who promises to provide additional supervision in the course of a project. That can include anything necessary to insure a student’s safety. Examples might be overseeing a student who is using bleach, lighting a match, or climbing a ladder. If a student is surveying strangers, the Designated Supervisor would remain nearby in order to guarantee that the student is in a safe environment.


Kern county regional science fair 2013 coaches workshop eldred marshall 661 636 4640

  • A project which requires a Qualified Scientist is one which needs a higher level of scientific oversight. Examples might include supervision for a student handling chemicals or medications. Projects using animals would need a scientist willing to oversee the humane treatment of those animals.

  • The County’s Scientific Review Committee will evaluate the risks associated with each project and determine if there is a need for either a Designated Supervisor or a Qualified Scientist. The decisions of the Committee are final.


Speaking of forms

Speaking of Forms

  • Science Fair application pages for all grades are now available in a Spanish translation.

  • All forms will be posted on the website as PDF’s with fillable fields. They must be typed, then printed out and signed. Delivery may be via mail (1300 17th St. – City Centre, 93301), fax (661-636-4135) or in person, 1300 17th St. 5th floor.

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Website info

Website Info

http://ci.kern.org/sciencefoundation

Choose Science Fair link

Teachers, Students, Parents, Judges all have access to the Rules and Entry Forms books

Judging Handbook

Parents handbook

Videos about a winning science fair team and project

*Forms will be posted in a separate link so they are easy to find

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Judging process what are judges looking for

Judging Process – What are judges looking for?

  • Clear display – shows intent and results of a real investigation; clear communication

  • Clear presentation and answers to questions

  • Understanding of project and its scientific basis

  • Good explanation of origin of project

  • Significant participation by all team (grades 6-12 only) members

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Important dates

Important Dates

  • School registration

    • Deadline: Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Student registration

    • Restricted projects deadline:

      Friday, January 25, 2013

    • Science Fair entry deadline:

      Thursday, February 7, 2013

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New this year new regulations regarding electronic devices read carefully

NEW THIS YEARNEW REGULATIONS REGARDING ELECTRONIC DEVICESREAD CAREFULLY

Although electronic devices such as student cell phones are permitted at the Kern County Science Fair, the following guidelines will be enforced:

All devices (phones, games etc.) should be set to silent or vibrate mode

No talking on the phone

Disengage from all portable devices as judges approach your project – first impressions are important!

Be respectful of your neighbors as they are being judged

We appreciate your support of these guidelines which will promote a quiet and respectful environment for both judges and participants.

Students are not allowed to photograph, video, or record any other science fair participant or official.

Failure to adhere to the above policies may result in devices being removed by the floor coordinators.

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At the science fair

At The Science Fair

DO bring:

  • Chairs for students

  • Snacks (for breaks only; not allowed on floor)

  • Water bottles

  • Lunch or lunch money

  • Something to keep students busy during judging intervals

  • Log book and 5 copies of abstract

  • Extension cord if electricity has been requested (6-12 only)

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Kern county regional science fair 2013 coaches workshop eldred marshall 661 636 4640

Do NOT bring:

Glass

Liquids

Live plants; dirt

Display photos depicting anyone other than student

Anything the student cannot afford to lose

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More important dates

More Important Dates

  • Kern County Regional Science Fair

    • Project setup: Monday, March 18, 2013

      2:00-7:00 ONLY

    • Judging and awards: Tuesday, March 19, 2013

      Doors open 8:00 a.m.

      Speaker 9:00 a.m.

      Judging begins 10:00 a.m.

      Awards 3:30 and 4:30

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California state science fair

California State Science Fair

  • An award at the Kern County Science Fair does not automatically determine an invitation to the California State Science Fair

  • Advisors will be notified of eligibility following the Kern County Science Fair

  • CSSF: TBA

  • Prep Night at KCSOS on Monday, TBA

  • CSSF applications deadline TBA

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Questions clarifications concerns comments

Questions, Clarifications, Concerns, Comments

  • Call or email!

    Eldred Marshall

    661-636-4640

    [email protected]

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