• The Science Fair or STEM FairExplosions of learning
     
    A winner from last year
     
     
      

    Process                                                              Due Dates

     
    Hypothesis and Research                                           Research example
    Triptych (display board) completed                           November 30th
      
    Judging                                                                  December 1st at Hanes           

    Science Fair or STEM night                                       December 3rd at Atkins

    Oral Presentations starting     December 7th 
     
    Science Fair judging rubric: Click here for how district judges projects 
    My Grading Rubric is below:
     

    Student Name:

    Above Average

    Fair – Needs Improvement

    Creative title attracted attention

    6

    5

    4

    3

    2

    1

    Question/problem is relevant to student and original

    6

    5

    4

    3

    2

    1

    Hypothesis/design was based on scientific research

    10

    8

    6

    4

    2

    0

    Creative approach to testing hypothesis

    6

    5

    4

    3

    2

    1

    Equipment is creatively used or had to be made

    6

    5

    4

    3

    2

    1

    Analysis of data shows originality

    6

    5

    4

    3

    2

    1

    Procedure is detailed and clear

    6

    5

    4

    3

    2

    1

    Variables are defined correctly and controls are appropriate

    6

    5

    4

    3

    2

    1

    Appropriate number of trials conducted

    6

    5

    4

    3

    2

    1

    Project was challenging

    10

    8

    6

    4

    2

    1

    Results and data are clearly presented

    6

    5

    4

    3

    2

    1

    Graph is appropriate

    6

    5

    4

    3

    2

    1

    Display is neat and attractive

    6

    5

    4

    3

    2

    1

    Oral Presentation - Well prepared

    6

    5

    4

    3

    2

    1

    Oral Presentation - Interesting and concise

    6

    5

    4

    3

    2

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    Section Guidance: 

    Title:  Make it something interesting
     

    Problem Statement:  This should be a statement dealing with what you are trying to determine.  (ie. Which soap is the most effective?)

    Hypothesis: This should be written as an If, then statement.  (If you increase the amount of glycerol in soap, then more bacteria will be killed.)

    Research:  This is very important in justifying your hypothesis. I need to see that your hypothesis is not just a guess, but an educated guess.  Remember the highest grade is when you prove something that we didn’t really know before you did the experiment.   Need to cite at least two sources.  

    Materials:  You need to be specific enough so other people can replicate your experiment.   Don't list unimportant items like pencil and paper.  If you used a survey or anything that someone needed to read, it should be included here.

    Procedure:  Be very specific on the important sections.  You can add multiple pages if needed.  Display any data collection devices(surveys, pictures of items, or even the actual items)   Remember, pictures are worth a thousand words.  You should number each step and start each line with a verb.  

    Experimental Design: You must declare your independent variables, dependent variables and constants.    Independent is what you changed.  Dependent is what you measured.  Constants are the important variables that you kept the same throughout all the trials.Experimental Design guidance

    Data:  Try to display your collected data in the most effective means possible – make a clear table if your data fits in that format.  If you had trials that had poor results, please don’t use that data.   Most projects can utilize a graph to show their results.  Some data is impossible to graph, but most can be.  The best graph is one that can tell the story of the results very simply.  The graph should be of your final summarized data. You can have more than one graph if necessary.  Data and Graph Guidance

    Results:  This should be a verbal summary of your results.  You should note obvious differences without explanation.  Try to quantify, show percentage change or discuss qualitative data as needed.  This is also the time to mention data that you discarded or problems you had in the collection of data.

    Conclusion: You need to address the following:   Did you prove or disprove your hypothesis?   Did you have enough data?  What would you do differently or to follow upon this experiment?  What recommendations do you have for the reader in relationship to your experiment.   (ie. If you are a 13 – 17 year old female,you may want to play classical music while you study to help you focus.   Boys on the other hand, should not play music at all while studying) Conclusion Guidance

    Other:  You may feel the need to add something else to help clarify your experiment.  You may add anything else you like.  For your display at the STEM Fair, it is a great idea to bring actual items you used in the experiment.   (plants you grew, things you built)  Don’t bring expensive items like computers, ipods, etc, because we can’t guarantee their safety.