||Get children excited about science by hosting a schoolwide science fair! Encourage older students (third grade and up) to conduct their own science experiments and display their results at the fair. Get younger students involved by completing a class project.
Follow these handy tips to make your science fair a success:
- Several weeks before the science fair, talk to students about the scientific method and explain that science experiments are designed to answer questions about the world around us.
- Send home a helpful parent packet that includes
the Science Fair Project Letter,
Science Fair Project Guidelines,
Science Fair Project Ideas and
Science Fair Project Header Cards.
Parents can help their child understand what is expected, select an appropriate topic with their child and work through the steps of the project together.
- Schedule brief one-on-one meetings with students to review their chosen topics and answer any questions they may have about
conducting their experiments or presenting their findings.
- Provide students with a handy Science Fair Project Organizer to help them plan ahead and organize the process as they go.
- Reserve a location on your school campus for the science fair and allow students access to the room before school to set up their displays.
- Invite distinguished community leaders or fellow science teachers to serve as judges for the event. In addition to giving awards for first,
second and third place, encourage the judges to give awards such as “Most Original,” “Best
Display,” “Most Interesting” and “Honorable Mention.”
- Don’t forget to praise all of the students for their efforts and participation!