Science is everywhere!

Whether it is airplanes (Aeronautics), space (Astronomy), brains (Neurology) or bugs (Entomology) science is about exploring and discovering! And it’s FUN!

 

Be a Scientist! Exhibit at the Horace Mann Science Fair:

Step 1: Choose a category below.

Step 2: Pick your favorite subject

Step 3:  Get ideas from online resources or project books found at public libraries / bookstores.

Step 4: Use the Scientific Method, if possible.

Step 5: Prepare a project display board to communicate your work to others.

Step 6: Prepare a ‘Ask me these questions’ page to help your audience engage in your project.

Student projects are to be completed independently by the student at home. Parents can assist students in preparing his/her exhibit. Please follow this link if you are wondering what level of guidance is appropriate.

 

Students are expected to stand by their projects for at least the period of time allotted for their group (provided when you register at the fair) so that other participants and volunteers can learn about their projects.

  • Group 1: 6:15 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Group 2: 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Group 3: 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

 

Project Categories

Note: The first two categories listed below, Experiments and Observations follow the scientific method and are recommended for Science Fair projects. Any category, however, may be used.

  • Experiments: Test or illustrate scientific principles. Experiments should test the questions using the scientific method.
    • Examples: Observe and record bean growth, demonstrate an electrical circuit.
  • Observations: Make observations of scientific data, record information, and organize a display. 
    • Examples: Ant farm, metamorphosis, weather patterns. 
  • Collections: Display an organized collection using categorization and labels. 
    • Examples: Leaves, rocks, weeks, animal tracks. 
  • Inventions: Develop a product or method. Make a task easier or solve a problem. 
    • Examples: Invent a machine to save time doing something or create a sequence of mechanical events to handle a task. No power will be provided – all powered displays must be self-contained. 

  

Important Notes

  • No power or internet access will be provided.
  • Absolutely NO fire or Open Flame Allowed! No vertebrates as part of projects.
  • NO LIVE ANIMALS MAY BE DISPLAYED – photos may be used instead for display purposes.

 

Scientific Method

Here is a quick guidance on how to use the Scientific Method to complete your project.

(Elementary Science Fair Planning Guide)

More details available at: https://www.thoughtco.com/steps-of-the-scientific-method-p2-606045

 

Project Display

Here is a quick guidance on how to prepare a project display board. The bolded text would be the headings for the display board.

  • TITLE
    • Explore a question … What is the question I want to answer?
      • Example … Will a feather fall faster than a rock?
  • HYPOTHESIS
    • Make a hypothesis … What do I GUESS will be the answer to the question? Yes or No, and why.
  • MATERIALS
    • Organize materials … What do I need to complete the experiment? List them.
  • PROCEDURE
    • Test using a procedure … What steps do I need to take to carry out the experiment? List them.
  • DATA
    • Gather data … What happened during the experiment? What did I observe? Record in writing, pictures, diagrams, photos, graphs.
  • CONCLUSION
    • Formulate a conclusion … What did I learn? Was my hypothesis correct?

Here is an example of how this content can be displayed on the cardboard

(Reference: http://briarwoodelementary.oursciencefair.com/doc.ashx?id=1010)

 

Have fun asking questions!

The Science Fair gives students an opportunity to explore science in greater depth. It allows them to choose an area they are interested in learning more about and displaying what they have learned. The students run the experiments, but can be assisted and supported by parents.

This event is fun for the family. We are looking forward to seeing your project at the Science Fair!

 

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