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Elsmere Science Fair is March 26

Filed in Elsmere by on March 19, 2019

Elsmere Elementary School will be having a Science Fair again this year! The fair will be held the evening of March 26, 2019 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria and auditorium.

We hope that with your enthusiastic encouragement, your child will participate in the science fair by identifying a scientific concept they are curious about and preparing a project to explore it. This will be an exciting experience for your child!

We encourage children participating in the science fair to practice the scientific method and learn to experiment through hands-on experience, however research-based projects are also welcome. Success is when your child asks their own question, completes their project with enthusiastic, learns something new, and gets excited about science!

The scientific method:

  • Ask a question.
  • Gather information (research)
  • Make a hypothesis (a thoughtful guess about the answer)
  • Experiment and test your hypothesis.
  • Analyze your test results.
  • Present a conclusion.

Although children should put their best effort into their presentation, neatness is not the main focus. The project does not have to look store bought. It needs to be made by them.

Your child’s participation in the Science Fair will reinforce grade level science and math skills, foster curiosity and creativity, nurture their ability to work independently and think critically, and encourage fun with science!

Each participant will present his or her project to a “judge.” Please encourage your children to practice presenting their projects to you. Even though there will be judges, there is no competition. The spirit of the fair is participation, so all participating students will be recognized with a ribbon for their hard work.

Participants may sign up with the form below and return to the office as late as March 25, 2019. https://www.bethlehemschools.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Science-Fair-Handbook-2019-4.pdfThe registration form can be found here. The form will also be uploaded to the Elsmere PTA link on the Elsmere website at https://www.bethlehemschools.org/elsmere/pta/

PLEASE NOTE:

Only one person is required to sign up your project. If you are working with a partner or multiple partners, just fill out one form with all participants listed.

Attached are the Project Resources and Timeline, Rules for a Fun and Safe Science Fair, and Summary Sheet to hand in at the fair (only one required per project). Please complete your registration by March 25, 2019.

We will also be looking for volunteer “judges” (we will give you a simple form to use). If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Kate Geurin at kate.geurin@gmail.com.

The Fair starts at 6:30 pm. SHARP! You can bring your project to school starting at 5:00 the day of the science fair. If you have a project with liquid you will be directed to the cafeteria. If your project has no liquid, you will set up in the gym.

SCIENCE FAIR RULES

  1. Students wishing to enter a project must fill out the enclosed registration by March 25, 2019.
  2. Students may work alone, or two to three students may work together on a project. Only one registration is required per project. Please designate a parent responsible for coordinating the project.
  3. Parents are encouraged to discuss the project with the student and provide assistance as needed. The parents’ role is that of “chief facilitator” and – where needed – “safety assistant”: Students should do the most of the work for their experiments, research and observations, as well as for their own drawings and charts.
  4. Parents are responsible for the safety of their children’s experiments and displays.
  5. Flammable, toxic or corrosive chemicals are not allowed in any displays at the Fair. Mildly corrosive chemicals (cleaners, mild acids, like vinegar, and bases, like baking soda) can be used, but must be completely contained if brought in to show at the presentation. The Science Fair Committee must be informed ahead of time should these materials be used in a child’s project. As always, there is limited room in the cafeteria to accommodate projects with a risk of spilled liquids, dirt or other “messy” project ingredients. Display spaces in the cafeteria will be assigned to projects requiring them on a first-come-first-serve basis.
  6. Projects with temperatures above 50°C (or 120°F) require adult supervision.
  7. Electricity from 1.5 Volt or 9 Volt household batteries may be suitable for experiments and can be used in displays.
  8. LIVE ANIMALS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN DISPLAYS.
  9. Valuable or fragile materials used in a project should not be brought to school prior to the start of the Fair.
  10. All exhibits must be durable and safe. Movable parts must be firmly attached. Recommended size of the display is a 2ft x 3ft presentation board or poster board that can be folded to make an upright display. If you need more space than the recommended 2ft x 3ft, please note that on the registration form.
  11. We ask that no foods or treats are given out at the Science Fair. While taste tests may be suitable in science fair projects, these tests must be completed before the fair. Building maintenance issues have arisen in the past due improper disposal of food and beverages. We ask for your cooperation.
  12. Projects should be delivered to the school on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 beginning at 5:00 p.m. PLEASE DO NOT BRING PROJECTS BEFORE THEN, AS WE HAVE NOWHERE TO STORE THEM! All projects must be removed from the school at the end of the fair.
  13. One completed Summary Form per project must be turned in the night of the fair.

SCIENCE FAIR RESOURCES

  • The school library has binders with examples of previous years’ projects for you to browse and get ideas.
  • A few web sites with just about everything you need to know to participate in a science fair can be found below, and there are many more resources online:

o          http://www.sciencebuddies.org/

o          https://www.education.com/science-fair/

o          http://www.brainpop.com/science/scientificinquiry/scientificmethod (Contains a cartoon video describing the steps and importance of scientific method.)

o          http://www.exploratorium.edu/science_explorer/index.html

o          http://www.tryscience.org/home.html

o          http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/projects.html