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Science Fair

About the Science Fair

The Glen Hills Middle School Science Fair is an annual event. It provides students with an opportunity to go beyond lessons in the classroom to research and explore questions about the natural world. Science Fair Projects allow you to research, experiment, make decisions, form and reform hypotheses, test and examine ideas, seek solutions and discover things about yourself and the world.

Participation in the fairis required for all eighth grade students! Successful completion ofyour project is contingent on meeting the criteria and the due datesspecified in your Science Fair handbook.


All the experimentation happens on the grounds here at school. Nothing should be happening at home other than discussion and preparation.

Questions? Contact Mr. Robert Kempfer, 8th grade Science.

Key Science Fair Dates

Due Date

What's Due

Friday, January 18, 2013

Topic

Friday, January 25, 2013

Research

Friday, February 1, 2013

Hypothesis and Experiment Design

Friday, February 8, 2013

Observations and Conclusions

Friday, February 15, 2013

Log

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Display, Judging, Science Fair Open House & Awards

Saturday, February 23, 2013
Nicolet Science Fair

Science Fair in a Nutshell

The science fair is designed to take students through the process to see whether their hypothesis was correct or incorrect. Along the way, students will work through the following steps:
  • Choosing a Topic: Students select a topic that interests them and form a question that's testable with variables that can be measured.
  • Formulating a Hypothesis: Basically, an educated guess as to what the student thinks will happen. Students will learn to make predictions not only for their project but in their everyday lives as well in terms of actions and consequences.
  • Developing an Experimental Design: Students delineate what exactly they plan to do to TEST their hypothesis. They will need to know up front what materials are to be procured (built, purchased, etc) and what to do with them. Good design usually leads to nice, tight observations and conclusions.
  • Keeping a Log: Students should think of the science fair log as the diary of what they did and thought every day during the 6 weeks of science fair. Some entries will be longer than others, and there might not be an entry on certain days. The final grade on the science fair depends heavily on the log entries: both quantity AND quality.
  • Recording Observations & Drawing Conclusions: After several weeks of work on a particular project students should have been keeping track of their data. There should be sketches, graphs, photos and other forms of scientific information that should allow the students to (if enough trials of the experiment were performed) draw some sort of conclusion as to "what affects what."
  • Creating a Display: In the final phase, students re-tell their Science Fair project story in the form of a display board for public viewing and judging.