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Elsmere Science Fair is March 21

Filed in Archive by on February 13, 2017

A message to parents about the 2017 Science Fair

Dear Parents,

Our school will be having a Science Fair again this year! The fair will be held the evening of March 21, 2017.

We hope that with your enthusiastic encouragement, your child will participate in the fair by preparing a project. This will be an exciting experience for your child!

The goal is that your children learn the scientific method through direct experience. Although neatness is good, it’s not the main focus. The project does not have to look store bought. It needs to be made by them.

Success is when your child asks their own question, completes their project with a smile, and knows more than when they started.

The scientific method: Start with a question. Hypothesize (make an educated guess) about the answer. Design a way to test whether you were right!

Your child’s participation in the Science Fair will reinforce grade level science and math skills, foster curiosity and creativity, encourage ability to work independently, and allow them to have 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.

In an effort to be environmentally conscious participants may sign up online at: https://goo.gl/forms/ZRYnXo5tkA4duxvl1 or through the Elsmere PTA link on the Elsmere website.

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 will all participants listed.

IMPORTANT: Download and print 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). Please complete your registration by March 15, 2017.

We are also looking for volunteer “judges” (we will give you a simple form to use), classroom visitors in for 15 minutes to encourage students to participate, and people to help with set-up and take-down.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Chris Follos at chris@follos.com .  You can also sign up on signup genius at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a49a9a822a6fa7-science

The Fair starts at 7:00 pm. SHARP!  You can bring your project to school starting at 5:00 the day of the science fair. You will have a table assignment for your project.

“Science is not merely a collection of facts printed in an encyclopedia. It is a living adventure of the human spirit.”

Science Fair 2016 Rules

  1. Students wishing to enter a project must fill out the enclosed registration form online at by March 15, 2017.
  2. Students may work alone or two or 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 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.

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.

Projects with temperatures above 50°C (or 120°F) require adult supervision.

Electricity from 1.5 Volt or 9 Volt household batteries may be suitable for experiments and can be used in displays.

Live animals are also not allowed in displays.

  1. Valuable or fragile materials used in a project should not be brought to school prior to the start of the Fair.
  2. All exhibits must be durable and safe. Movable parts must be firmly attached. Recommended size of the display is 2ft x 3ft. Poster board that can be folded to make an upright display. Materials related to your project can be placed in front of the board. If you need more space than the recommended 2ft x 3ft, please note that on the registration form.
  3. 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. The focus of the Science Fair is the student’s work and not the collection of candy and treats. Also, problems with the maintenance of the building have arisen in the past due to consumption and improper disposal of food and beverages. We ask for your cooperation.
  4. Projects should be delivered to the school on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 beginning at 5:00. PLEASE DO NOT BRING PROJECTS BEFORE 5:00 AS WE HAVE NO WHERE TO STORE THEM!  All projects must be removed from the school at the end of the fair.
  5. One completed Summary Form per project must be turned in the night of the fair.
  6. The Science Fair will be held Tuesday, March 21st from 7:00-8:00 pm in the cafeteria and auditorium

Resources

The library with all of the previous year’s projects for you to browse and get ideas.

Web Sites with just about everything you need to know to participate in a science fair: