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<p>Tips For Science Fair Projects: for Parents </p> <p>1) Start with a topic you think is interesting. Maybe you want to find out more about something </p> <p>you have been learning about in Science. For example, the P1s have been learning about the </p> <p>five senses. Maybe they would like to find out something about sound and hearing, for </p> <p>instance. Help your child to come up with a QUESTION they want to try to answer by doing an </p> <p>experiment. In the sound example, possible questions could be: How does sound travel? How </p> <p>far away can I hear a ____? Why is my ear shaped like a funnel? What does vibration have to do </p> <p>with hearing? *Try to resist the temptation to start with a cool experimentthis is supposed to </p> <p>be an inquiry project. It is also important to note that this is NOT a research project. They are </p> <p>supposed to DO stuff to find out the answer to their questions, not just look up stuff. </p> <p>2) Once you have your question, you have to predict what you think the answer will be (called the </p> <p>HYPOTHESIS). THEN you can hit up google for ideas. Or think up your own way to test your </p> <p>question! If you are using one of the science project websites, try not to let your child see what </p> <p>is supposed to happen, instead have them actually do the EXPERIMENT to find out what </p> <p>happens. Take pictures of them doing the experiment. Make sure they know how to actually </p> <p>carry out the experiment themselves. Part of their display should be the METHOD (also called </p> <p>the PROCEDURE). </p> <p>3) Have your child write down (or dictate for the little ones) what happens in the </p> <p>experiment/what they find out. These are the RESULTS. (This is the part that will be graded at </p> <p>school, as it is the part your child tells his/her class about their project. See the attached rubric. </p> <p>Students are also encouraged to present their projects to visitors during the science fair.) </p> <p>4) Finally, help your child to think about what they learned, and possibly what they want to find </p> <p>out next as a result of doing the experiment. This is the CONCLUSION. </p> <p>5) Remember the display part should be created by your child. Keep it simple. It should show the </p> <p>steps of a scientific process (there are various terms for the steps), and should say /show what </p> <p>was done. Upper school students will be graded on their verbal explanation of this part as they </p> <p>should be doing it on their own. See the rubrics below. Please note that self-supporting projects </p> <p>REALLY help out whoever is setting up the display . </p> <p>Note: The write up part can be a poster or a booklet, or even displayed on a laptop that does </p> <p>not need a power source. It can be hand-written or typed. Part or all of the experiment should </p> <p>be displayed with the write up. Ideally, it should be something visitors to the fair can touch or </p> <p>even try themselves. Some helpful websites: http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/projects.html </p> <p>http://www.education.com/science-fair/ http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-</p> <p>projects/project_ideas.shtml This last website even helps you come up with a topic of interest </p> <p>to you if you have no idea where to start! </p> <p>Note: all students are expected to participate in the science fair. If your child cannot attend that evening, </p> <p>they should plan to set up their experiment beforehand. Students will be graded on their presentations; see </p> <p>class teacher for date of presentation to their class. </p> <p>http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/projects.htmlhttp://www.education.com/science-fair/http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_ideas.shtmlhttp://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_ideas.shtml</p> <p>Rubric Used to Grade Lower School Science Fair Presentation </p> <p>Name: __________________________ </p> <p>Score: __________________________ </p> <p> Fabulous! (4) Wow! (3) Good job! (2) Needs a little something (1) </p> <p>I didnt do this part. (0) </p> <p>I can tell the class what my question is and why I chose it </p> <p>I can explain what I found out from doing the experiment </p> <p>I can show my class how to do my experiment </p> <p>I can explain why my experiment is/not a fair test </p> <p>Comments: ____________________________________________________________________ </p> <p>Not sure what steps are in a Scientific Process or Method? Here they arewith a </p> <p>sample experiment! </p> <p>Question e.g. Do trees have different kinds of bark? </p> <p>Hypothesis/Prediction I think all trees have the same bark except for palm trees. </p> <p>Experiment/Test/Method I will take rubbings of five different tree barks to see if they are </p> <p>the same or different. I will keep the test fair by using the same crayon and kind/size of </p> <p>paper to do my rubbings. I will record what I see in a chart I made. </p> <p>Observations (make a simple chart listing the kinds of trees you tested and write down </p> <p>what the pattern looked like include your rubbings as part of your displayconsider </p> <p>taking or drawing pictures of yourself doing the test/experiment) </p> <p>Results I found out that </p> <p>Conclusion/Explanation I think different trees have different bark because </p> <p>Rubric Used to Grade Upper School Science Fair Presentation </p> <p>Name: __________________________ </p> <p>Score: __________________________ </p> <p> Fabulous! (4) </p> <p>Wow! (3) Good job! (2) Needs a little something (1) </p> <p>I didnt do this part. (0) </p> <p>I can tell the class what my question is and why I chose it </p> <p>I can explain what I found out from doing the experiment </p> <p>I can demonstrate how to do my experiment </p> <p>I have created a display that shows all the steps in a scientific process </p> <p>I can explain why my experiment is/not a fair test </p> <p>Comments: ____________________________________________________________________ </p>

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