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SUPERHEROS FOR SCIENCE!. The Science Fair Workshop By Showboard, Inc. ®. REAL SCIENTISTS!!! . BRYAN LEMUS – Miami, Fl JASMINE ROBERTS – Tampa, Fl JEFFREY LITTREL – Pittsburg, Pa. WHY HAVE A SCIENCE FAIR?. STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES COMMUNITY EVENT STATE AND NATIONAL STANDARDS.

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superheros for science

SUPERHEROS FOR SCIENCE!

The Science Fair Workshop

By

Showboard, Inc.®

real scientists
REAL SCIENTISTS!!!
  • BRYAN LEMUS

– Miami, Fl

  • JASMINE ROBERTS – Tampa, Fl
  • JEFFREY LITTREL

– Pittsburg, Pa

why have a science fair
WHY HAVE A SCIENCE FAIR?
  • STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES
  • COMMUNITY EVENT
  • STATE AND NATIONAL STANDARDS
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WHY HAVE A SCIENCE FAIR?
  • Science projects and fairs provide opportunities for individual students to use scientific principles and techniques to investigate real world problems, not just read in a book about what someone else has done.
  • Tell me – I forget
  • Teach me – I remember
  • Involve me – I understand
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WHY HAVE A SCIENCE FAIR?

Science projects and fairs give students the opportunity to study a subject of individual interest.

Science experiments can be developed for topics as varied as water skiing, swimming, basketball, music, art, rocketry, psychology, robotics, and computers.

Students come to realize that science is found in every niche of the universe.

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WHY HAVE A SCIENCE FAIR?

Science projects and fairs give students the opportunity to:

Develop an understanding of the scientific method.

Develop an open and creative approach to problem solving.

Develop writing skills.

Develop library research skills.

Develop public speaking skills.

Develop responsibility, discipline, honesty and teamwork.

Develop organization and time management skills.

Develop poise and self-confidence by participating in the science fair judging process.

Gain recognition for academic achievement.

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WHY HAVE A SCIENCE FAIR?

  • STATE STANDARDS AND SCIENCE FAIRS
    • Understanding What You Read
    • Analyzing Primary Source Information
    • Comparing and Contrasting
    • Main Idea, Details and Patterns of Organization
    • Gathering, Analyzing and Evaluating Information
    • Synthesizing Information and Drawing Conclusions
    • Recognizing Cause-and-Effect Relationships
    • Narrative Writing

Thanks to - Carie Callan Lopatka - Orange County Regional Science and Engineering Fair

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SUPERHERO CHALLENGE

STUDENT

SCHOOL FAIR TEAM

SUCCESSFUL

SCIENCE

FAIR

PARENTS

COMMUNITY

“Never doubt that a small, dedicated group of people can change the world.”

- Margaret Meade

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SUPERHERO CHALLENGE

  • STUDENTS
    • PROJECT IDEAS
    • SCIENTIFIC PROCESS SKILLS
    • PROJECT DISPLAY BOARDS
    • WORLDWIDE COMPETITIONS AND EXPOS
student ideas for projects
STUDENT IDEAS FOR PROJECTS
  • INTEREST OF STUDENT
  • INTERNET
  • MAGAZINES
  • WWW.SHOWBOARD.COM
  • IDEA SHEETS
  • OLD PROJECTS
  • LOCAL ENVIRONMENT
  • CURRENT EVENTS
internet
INTERNET

HELPFUL WEBSITES

http://www.ipl.org/youth/projectguide

http://www.chem4kids.com

http://isd77.k12.mn.us/resources/cf/steps.html

http://www.sciserv.org/isef

FAIR RESOURCES

http://www.ipl.org/youth/projectguide

Science Fair Resource Guide

http://www.madsci.org/libs/areas/reagents.html

Finding Science Reagents

http://www.scifair.org

The Ultimate Science Fair Resource

http://www.lib.lsu.edu/sci/chem/internet/science_fairs.html

http://www.chipublib.org/008subject/009scitech/scifair.html

http://www.exploratorium.edu/ls/pathfinders/scifairs/

http://www.us.net/mccpta/science.html

http://cusef.byu.edu/science%20fair%20resources/resources/htm

http://www.saludak-12.org/scifair.htm

http://www.hamiltonschools.org/davies/sciencefairrefs.htm

http://www.saluda.lib.sc.us/science.html

http://sciencepage.org/scifair.htm

http://www.wheaton.lib.il.us/library/scifair.html

IDEA GENERATION

http://school.discovery.com/sciencefaircentral

Science Fair Central

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INTERNET

PROJECT IDEAS

http://sciencefairproject.virtualave.net/

http://www.cmste.uregina.ca/scifair.html

http://www.sciencebob.com/lab/sciencefair/resources.html

http://www.yahooligans.com/science_and_nature/experiments_and_activities/science_fairs/

SCIENCE FAIRS

http://sciencefairproject.virtualave.net

Science Fair Homepage

http://istf.ucf.edu

Internet Science and Technology Fair

http://www.stemnet.nf.ca/sciencefairs

Another Science Fair Homepage

http://www.drexel.edu/dvsf/

http://www.gnsef.org/resources.html

PRESENTATION AND EVALUATION

http://school.discovery.com/sciencefaircentral/scifairstudio/handbook/presandeval.html

Science Fair Studio

SCIENCE FAIR JUDGING SHEET

http://sciencefairproject.virtualave.net/judging_sheet.html

OTHERS

http://www.sciencedaily.com

http://www.enn.com

http://www.newscientist.com

http://www.eskimo.com/~billb/amasci.html

http://www.ontariosciencecenter.ca/kids/cool_stuff/fairlinks.asp

http://homeworkspot.com/sciencefair

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science fair evaluation criteria
SCIENCE FAIR EVALUATION CRITERIA
  • Statements to be addressed under Creative Ability/Originality
    • There was a question asked
    • It was an original question and the answer was not known
    • The approach to answering the question was creative
    • The creativity of the study was within the creative ability of the student
    • The student used the scientific method in experimentation rather than only observations
  • Statements to be addressed under Scientific Thought
    • The scope of the study was within the student’s ability
    • The study was well thought out and showed initiative in thought and design
    • The goals and objectives of the study were well defined
    • The scientific literature was developed for this study
    • A logical hypothesis was developed for this study
    • The data collected relates to the hypothesis
  • Statements to be addressed under Thoroughness
    • The student collected all data available
    • The student identified all controls
    • The sample sizes and population sources were carefully chosen
    • The variable of each experiment was clearly defined
    • Replications and duplications were used
    • The student anticipated the problems encountered
    • The student related the work to that reported in the literature
    • The data was collected in quantitative units
    • Several experiments were done, not just one
    • The study was completed or brought to a logical stopping place
    • The data was thoroughly analyzed
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Statements to be addressed under Skill

    • The experiments protocols were handled with skill
    • The experiments were designed with care and anticipation
    • The data measurements were done precisely, the study was skillfully designed, and was
    • not too complicated
    • Technical problems were overcome and not merely avoided
    • A detailed notebook and log were kept
    • This study was the student’s alone and excessive help was not utilized
  • Statements to be addressed under Clarity
    • The student is able to explain
    • The student clearly understands the research
    • The student understands the meaning of the results obtained
    • The student understands where this research can lead in the future
    • The student understands how this study can be improved
    • It is clear to the student whether the data supports or fails to support the hypothesis
    • Is the display well organized so that the component parts of the presentation are logical?
    • Is it neat and uncluttered or are there items that are not part of the science or relevant to
  • the study performed?
    • Does the display stand alone? Can you understand the study without the student present?
    • Does the display communicate science or just an exercise in artistry?
  • Statements to be addressed under Teamwork (only for Team Projects)
    • The tasks and contributions of each team member are clearly outlined
    • Each team member was fully involved in the project
    • Each team member was familiar with all aspects of the project
    • The final work reflects the coordinated efforts of all team members
scientific process
SCIENTIFIC PROCESS
  • SCIENTIFIC METHOD
  • RELATION TO STANDARDS
  • MAKE IT A FUN EXERCISE
log books
Log Books
  • Log books are very important.
  • Log books can fill in missing information when IRB & SRC issues come up.
  • Log books are critical to understanding the implementation of the scientific method.
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RULES AND REGULATIONS

  • STUDENTS learn protocol, procedure, laboratory safety, ethics, and much more.
  • MENTORS are protected and more willing to work with pre-college studentswww.sciencebuddies.org
  • TEACHERS have greater authority to guide student research and are better able to ensure student safety.
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REQUIRED ISEF FORMS

  • CHECKLIST FOR ADULT SUPERVISOR/SAFETY ASSESSMENT FORM 1 must be signed and dated by the adult supervisor prior to the beginning of experimental research
  • RESEARCH PLAN 1A, INCLUDING THE RESEARCH PLAN ATTACHMENT all aspects must be completed by the student including detail of the research plan, written in the present or future tense
  • APPROVAL FORM 1B must be signed and dated prior to the beginning of experimental research by the student, parent, adult supervisor, and possibly the src chairperson
  • ORIGINAL ABSTRACT must be written after research is completed
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OTHER ISEF FORMS

  • HUMAN SUBJECTS
  • VERTEBRATE ANIMALS
  • POTENTIALLY PATHOGENIC BIOLOGICAL AGENTS
  • CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
  • HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES
  • RISK ASSESSMENTS
project display board
PROJECT DISPLAY BOARD

COMMUNICATION

Clear, Concise, Complete, Catchy

Display Board Sections

  • Purpose
  • Hypothesis
  • Procedure
    • Materials
    • Variables
    • Data collection
    • Data analysis (graphs)
  • Conclusion
from the classroom to the world
FROM THE CLASSROOM TO THE WORLD
  • LOCAL
    • REGIONAL FAIR
  • NATIONAL
    • ISEF www.sciserv.org
    • DCYSC www.discoveryschool.com
  • INTERNATIONAL
    • MILSET www.milset.org
superhero challenge
SUPERHERO CHALLENGE

PARENTS

  • STUDENT SPONSORS/SUPERVISORS
  • VOLUNTEERS
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PARENT INVOLVEMENT

  • EDUCATING PARENTS ABOUT SCIENCE FAIR
  • PRACTICE INTERVIEW SESSIONS
  • IN SCHOOL RESEARCH TIME
  • COMMITTEE INVOLVEMENT
  • SETTING EXPECTATIONS
      • ALL DECISIONS OF THE JUDGES ARE FINAL
encouraging words
ENCOURAGING WORDS

(FROM MOM AND DAD)

  • 1. That topic sounds great! I have a friend at work who might give you some information.
  • 2. I’ll take you to the library to get some more information.
  • 3. I’m really impressed with your thoroughness.
  • 4. I know we must have something in the garage that you could use for your equipment.
  • 5. Let’s keep your science checklist here on the refrigerator so we’ll know where it is.
  • 6. Do I need to sign your data notebook? You have written your observations very clearly.
  • 7. Pretend I am in your class and let me hear your presentation.
  • 8. Your backboard display is very neat and tells everything about your project. I especially like the
  • neat format of your graphs and tables.
  • 9. We can pick up some colored paper and markers while we are at the store so you can begin
    • Laying out your display.
  • 10. Good luck on your presentation. I know you’ll do a good job.
  • 11. You are working hard on your experimentation! Remember to keep it out of your
    • brother’s/sister’s reach!
  • 12. I’ll be glad to drive you to school today with your display. I know it is awkward to carry with all
  • of your books.
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SUPERHERO CHALLENGE
  • SCHOOL FAIR TEAM
    • WHERE TO START
    • RESOURCES
    • JUDGING
    • RULES AND REGULATIONS
school fair team where to start
SCHOOL FAIR TEAM WHERE TO START?
  • GOALS
  • CHECKLISTS
  • ESTABLISH YOUR TEAM
  • TIMELINE
  • CONTACT/RESOURCE LIST
directors checklist for a successful fair
DIRECTORS CHECKLIST FOR A SUCCESSFUL FAIR
  • 1. Coordinate the date for the Science Fair with principal and/or school activity director. Avoid the week before
  • semester exams. Avoid the rush to get paperwork into the District Science Office or SRC.
  • 2. Reserve a location (gym, library, cafeteria, public facility). Notify the night or community school principal.
  • Establish a Science Fair Committee: Institution Review Board (IRB), Awards (order awards early), Judges, Publicity,
  • Setup, Takedown, Registration, and Program.
  • 4. Make sure that you have a current rulebook from the International Science & Engineering Fair. This can be ordered from
  • Science Service, Inc.; 1719 N Street, NW; Washington DC 20036. Phone (202) 785-2255 or Fax (202) 785-1243.
  • This may or may not apply in your situation.
  • Provide teachers with judging criteria.
  • Design a registration card for the second-level fair, include appropriate information, such as: student’s name,
  • teacher’s name, category (botany, zoology, etc.), division (elementary, junior, middle, senior), and title.
  • Set up a database using the information in #6. Excel works best.
  • Design a rotation touring schedule for the student body to view the science projects.
  • Schedule student, parent, and teacher monitors to be on duty while the student body is viewing projects.
  • Secure more than an adequate number of judges (set up a database including names, mailing, fax, and email addresses).
  • Conduct a meeting for judges (go over criteria, etc.).
  • Secure a specific time commitment from judges. If time and help are available, call just prior to the judging, send
  • available abstracts that he/she will be judging.
  • Have clipboards, nametags, and pencils available for the judges the day of the fair.
  • Provide a room and refreshments for the judges (if possible).
  • Request teachers to review class projects before entering them into the school’s fair (if applicable; make sure they have
  • the proper paper work completed).
  • 16. Have teachers make certain that a registration form is completed for each entry from their room.
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14. Provide a room and refreshments for the judges (if possible).

15. Request teachers to review class projects before entering them into the school’s

fair (if applicable; make sure they have the proper paper work completed).

16. Have teachers make certain that a registration form is completed for each entry

from their room.

17. Have the teachers initial, color code, and number code each project.

18. Collect registration cards from the students as they bring their projects in for the

setup. Direct your registration committee member to type a list of projects by

Titles (alphabetized) to go in your database.

19. Refuse to accept projects unless they have been reviewed by the teacher, and

are properly labeled, numbered, name-coded, and certified.

20. Request custodial assistance for the setup and the removal of projects (involve

students as much as possible).

21. Enlist the art teacher, club, and/or classes, computer science class to make

posters and banners to advertise the Science Fair.

22. Enlist assistance for the tabulation of scores.

23. Encourage teachers to include practice for interview sessions in their plans for

teaching students how to complete a Science Fair project (e.g., Anticipate

questions from the judges, wear appropriate attire).

24. At a department meeting just prior to the fair, enlist their help in committing

themselves to a specific amount of judging time, if

needed.

25. SEND THANK YOU NOTES WHERE NEEDED.

26. Evaluate your school’s fair with the committee and/or

their science department. Target areas needing

improvement the following year.

27. Plan a special announcement for the winners (1st, 2nd,

3rd, and maybe honorable mention if time permits). Plan some type of special

recognition for the specific winners that will advance to the next level of competition.

28. Have a meeting with the winning students and their teachers. Complete the

official registration for the next level and return it before the deadline.

  • 17. Have the teachers initial, color code, and number code each project.
  • Collect registration cards from the students as they bring their projects in for the setup. Direct your registration
  • committee member to type a list of projects by Titles (alphabetized) to go in your database.
  • Refuse to accept projects unless they have been reviewed by the teacher, and are properly labeled, numbered,
  • name-coded, and certified.
  • 20. Request custodial assistance for the setup and the removal of projects (involve students as much as possible).
  • Enlist the art teacher, club, and/or classes, computer science class to make posters and banners to advertise the
  • Science Fair.
  • 22. Enlist assistance for the tabulation of scores.
  • Encourage teachers to include practice for interview sessions in their plans for teaching students how to complete
  • a Science Fair project (e.g., Anticipate questions from the judges, wear appropriate attire).
  • At a department meeting just prior to the fair, enlist their help in committing themselves to a specific amount of
  • judging time, if needed.
  • 25. SEND THANK YOU NOTES WHERE NEEDED.
  • Evaluate your school’s fair with the committee and/or their science department.
  • Target areas needing improvement the following year.
  • Plan a special announcement for the winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and maybe honorable mention if time permits).
  • Plan some type of special recognition for the specific winners that will advance to the next level of competition.
  • Have a meeting with the winning students and their teachers. Complete the official registration for the next level
  • and return it before the deadline.
  • Make arrangements for transportation and overnight reservations (if needed). Arrange for the supervision of students
  • who are setting up their projects at the fair.
  • Get advance permission from your principal for temporary duty and, if necessary, for a substitute, both for the day
  • before the fair and the first day of the fair.
  • 31. Some good information may be found on the internet...Check with other Science Fair directors for addresses.
science fair site
SCIENCE FAIR SITE
  • Finding a location
  • Advertising the Fair
  • Volunteers for set up
  • Volunteers for break down
the big event
THE BIG EVENT!
  • DISCIPLINES – SAMPLE SET-UP
  • FORMAL OR INFORMAL SET-UP
  • SET-UP TIMES
  • KEEP THINGS MOVING
judging
JUDGING
  • FIND JUDGES
  • COMMUNICATION WITH JUDGES
    • JUDGING TIMES
    • FEEDBACK FORMS
  • EDUCATE JUDGES
  • EVALUATION CRITERIA
  • WORKSHEET OPTIONS
  • CARE AND FEEDING
sample questions for judges
SAMPLE QUESTIONS FOR JUDGES

What is the purspose of your project. Describe the problem.

Explain your procedure.

Where did you get the idea for your project?

What is your control? Variable?

What instruments did you use for measurement?

Did you repeat your test? How many times?

On what data did you base your conclusion?

What problems arose during your investigation? How did you overcome them?

Are there any other approaches you might have taken to your research?

What is the value of your project?

Do your results indicate further investigation of this idea is needed?

What would you do differently if you could do this project again?

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SUPERHERO CHALLENGE

COMMUNITY

JUDGES

FUND RAISING

RESOURCE DATABASE

resources
RESOURCES
  • LOCAL AND STATE
      • PARENTS
      • ROTARY CLUBS
      • STATE FAIR
      • BUSINESSES
      • COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
  • NATIONAL
      • SCIENCE SERVICE
      • INTEL EDUCATION
      • DISCOVERY
  • INTERNATIONAL
      • MILSET
      • UNESCO
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SPONSORSHIPS

  • EXXON MOBIL - $500.OO
  • www.exxonmobil.com/USAEnglish/OntheRun/OurStores/OurStores_Your_Neighbor.asp
  • WAL-MART www.walmartfoundation.org Click on ‘Education’
  • OFFICE DEPOT www.community.officedepot.com/local.asp
  • BEST BUY https://bestbuyteach.scholarshipamerica.org/
  • LOCAL BUSINESSES, MILITARY, NON-PROFITS,
  • SERVICE CLUBS (Elks, Lions , Rotary,
    • Kiwanis, Masons, Sierra ...)
  • FRIENDS, PARENTS
    • ASK!
  • FRIENDS OF SCIENCE FAIR
    • PHOTOS / T-SHIRTS
to move forward
TO MOVE FORWARD…
  • GET EXCITED
  • MEET THE CHALLENGE
    • TEAM MEMBERS, STUDENTS, PARENTS AND THE COMMUNITY
  • SUSTAIN THE EFFORT!
sustainability
SUSTAINABILITY
  • WIN CARDS
    • FILL OUT
    • E- MAIL SPECIALS
    • WEB SITE
    • www.showboard.com
  • WRITE US
    • sales@showboard.com
professional development
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
  • USE OUR FREE WORKSHOPS
  • USE OUR AUTHORS
    • AGNES PFLUMM (Science and Literacy)
    • TARGETING STUDENTS SCIENCE
    • MISCONCEPTIONS (Science Practice Skills)
    • MAGIC AND SHOWMANSHIP (Scientific
    • Applications)
    • SOLAR POWERED RACING CARS (Science
    • Practice Skills)