Welcome to theScience Fair Congress! Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair Committee
The Northern Indiana RegionalScience and Engineering Fair(NIRSEF) is affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) We are one of many regions who send senior students to compete internationally; one of 12 in Indiana
Elementary (Gr. 3 - 5) Junior (Gr. 6 - 8) Senior (Gr. 9 – 12) REGIONAL FAIR Junior (Gr. 3 - 8) Senior (Gr. 9 – 12) Top Projects STATE FAIR Top Projects INTERNATIONAL FAIR Senior (Gr. 9 – 12)
Individual Science (answer a testable question) Create or improve a new algorithm (computers) Team (up to 3) Engineering (test a product or a process; apply principles) Solve an equation or design a model (math) PROJECT TYPES OR OR OR
Getting Started • Find an idea • Do some reading and get information • Don’t copy an idea or experiment
The Science/Engineering Investigation • Keep a notebook • LIMIT the number of variables tested (science) or changes made (engineering) • Repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat! • Report your findings based on your observations
Hazardous Materials CONSIDERING SAFETY AND FAIR PROJECTS Vertebrate Animals What to Look for, What to Do… Biological Problems Human Subjects
The Project “Report” Display Board Tips & Hints
Title Problem Data Discussion (tables, graphs, Hypothesis photos) Conclusion/ Future Action Materials Results Abstract Procedure Bibliography
Design • Make sure that the science is the focus of the display. • The center of the board should draw the observers attention. Place photographs and graphics here. • Information should flow from start to finish, going from left to right, top to bottom.
Decorating a Board • Be careful with over-fancy lettering and multi-color letters/backgrounds • Make sure information contrasts with background • Make sure everything can be easily read from a distance • Use alargefont • Any borders/colors/decorations should enhance the science, not detract from it
Judges Are… Industry or academic professionals; or Graduate/undergraduate students Science, math, social science, or engineering knowledgeable Volunteers who enjoy working with students and learning new things! Judges Do… Talk with students at depth about their projects Work in teams to get multiple perspectives of student work Assess what was learned and assign ranking Share their knowledge or experiences (clarify misconceptions or give a broader picture) PROJECT JUDGING
PROJECT JUDGING Comments from the Judges’ Chair
PROJECT JUDGING Criteria Creative Ability Scientific Thought or Engineering Goals Thoroughness Skill Clarity Teamwork (for teams) How these criteria are judged can be viewed at the Society for Science and the Public website at: http://www.societyforscience.org/isef/isefitems/JudgingGuide.pdf
PROJECT JUDGING Category Awards • All projects are awarded ribbons relative to the ISEF judging criteria, taking into consideration the grade level of the student, their abilities and their work. • Judges are instructed to write comments and/or encouragement on the judges card. These cards are returned to the exhibitors. • The decision of the judges is final.
PROJECT JUDGING • The NIRSEF offers nearly 130 Special Awards sponsored by various groups at all levels: Elementary, Junior and Senior • Special Awards may be provided through our affiliation with Intel ISEF or by local groups. • Special Awards are judged by teams. Group-sponsored awards are frequently judged by members of the sponsoring group. • Awards may be certificates, national recognition and/or cash prizes! Special Awards
Potential Research Opportunities for Students Opportunities at Notre Dame: Nevin Longenecker Future Opportunities: IVY Tech? George Twaddle & Jim Powell
Putting It All Together • Your Local Fair • Which? When? Who? • Registering Your School orOrganization • Informs us you are coming • Allows us to assign space What Are the Next Steps?
Next Steps (can we help?) Gaining Enthusiasm at Your School Administration Parents/Guardians Students Holding Your Local Fair Send your winners to Notre Dame! Science Fair Coordinators pick up paperwork
Questions? Any Questions for the Committee? Give Aways…