• Science Fair Info  
    The Process

    "Each year, WS/FCS students come together to share personal interests in science and technology in a public competitive forum. The competition begins at the classroom level. Students apply their knowledge of science and technology to the world around them by conducting research in the form of a science fair project. Students receive support in designing and conducting research for their projects from their teachers and families. Schools host school-wide science fairs and select qualifying projects to advance to the WS/FCS District Science Fair. The district fair is an exciting time for our students. Not only are students able to compete for scholarships, prizes, and recognition, they can also view science fair projects from their peers and meet other future scientists! Students who advance from the district will represent WS/FCS in the Region V Science Fair (Stokes, Forsyth, Davidson, Rockingham, Guilford, Randolph, Caswell, Person, Orange, Alamance, and Chatham). Those advancing from Region V will participate at the North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair"

    The Competition (2015-2016)

    "For the WS/FCS District Science Fair, students compete in division competitions: Secondary (Grades 6-12) and Elementary (Grades K-5). The WS/FCS Secondary District Science Fair is scheduled for January 29, 2016, at Wake Forest University's Deacon Tower/Bridger Field House (475 Deacon Blvd. Winston-Salem, NC). The WS/FCS Elementary District Science Fair is scheduled for Friday, January 15, 2016 at SciWorks (400 West Hanes Mill Road Winston-Salem, NC 27105). The Region V Science Fair is scheduled for Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Triad Math and Science Academy Greensboro, NC. The NC Science and Engineering Fair will be held April 1-2, 2016 at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC."

    Region V Information
     
    Getting Started
    All accelerated science students in Year 1 are required to complete a Science Fair project.  Students who want to partake in an advanced course are expected to accomplish higher level tasks to master critical thinking skills and abilities.  Science Fair is one of those tasks. Projects will take place outside of class, but students are welcome to use resources provided at Paisley IB, such as computer/internet access, research materials, and texts.  I will also be available to help students during my after-school tutoring session, which takes place every Tuesday from 3:00 until 4:00Please see my homepage in regards to tutoring expectations from both students and parents.
    Students have been provided with the Science Fair Guideline Packet and can use the materials to get a head start on their project.  Please be aware of the timeline and dates- extended time on projects will not be given.
     
     
    Timeline:
    Brainstorm- Choose Topic (due on 2 November 2015)
    Topic idea must be submitted on the "Choosing My Science Project Handout"
     
    Research:
    - students must complete the following by 9 November 2015
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    gather information
    * write hypothesis
    * write research plan
    *meet with Ms. Castrovinci to approve research plan

    Experiment:                                                                   
    - students must complete the following by 20 November 2015
    *review procedure in research plan if needed
    *identify variables
    * gather materials
    * conduct experiment

    Record Results
    - students must complete the following by 30 November 2015
    * write observations in project notebook
    * record data in charts in notebook
    *prepare graphs for analysis

    Write Conclusions by 4 December 2015
     
    Prepare Exhibit (design display board) by 8 December 2015
    * place all necessary information on board
    * include project notebook/portfolio for display

    Prepare for project presentation by 10 December 2015

    Due Date for Science Fair project:  11 December 2015

    Web Resources:
    In addition to the WSFCS science fair website http://wsfcs.k12.nc.us/Page/41832 and resources provided there additional information can be found at the following sites.  The NC State Science Fair is affiliated with the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).  See this site for official rules and regulations. http://www.societyforscience.org/isef/

    NetTrekker  http://www.nettrekker.com/us/
    Available to parent and teachers through the Guilford Parent Academy (GPA) webpage. Search by category to find numerous science fair websites that have been vetted and approved for student use.  Science buddies http://www.sciencebuddies.org/   can be accessed through this resource.

    The www Virtual Library-Science Fairs    http://physics1.usc.edu/~gould/ScienceFairs
    Science fairs are held around the world. This site can be used if you want to see what others are doing. There are hyperlinks to local, regional, state, foreign and even virtual science fairs.

    The Internet Public Library                            http://www.ipl.org/youth/projectguide/
    This link contains the Science Fair Resource Guide that offers teachers, students and parents a complete listing of web sites dedicated to science fairs and projects.  The site provides links to how to do a science fair project, samples, ideas, magazines and resources.  This site is arranged from the basic to the most detailed, with special notes to teachers and parents.

    MadSci Net                                                             http://www.madsci.org/libs/areas/sci_fair.html
    A component of the MAD Scientist Network.  This site contains links and resources on everything you ever wanted to know about science fairs, age-scientific ideas for projects, as well as how to put a science fair together.  Some of the links include: School Science Fair Homepage, Science Fair Idea Exchange, The Society of Amateur Scientists, Practical Hints for Science Fair Projects and Yahoo’s listing of science fairs.

    The Discovery Channel’s Science Fair Studio http://school.discoveryeducation.com/sciencefaircentral/
    Something for everyone!  The “Student” selections are Handbook, Project Ideas, Links and Books.  The “Teacher” section deals with issues related to organizing a science fair.  The “Parent” section titled “Helping Your Young Scientist” emphasizes that the most important outcome of your child’s science project is the joy and learning that comes from scientific discovery – not winning a competition!  It provides helpful hints to parents about selecting a project and resources available.

    Science Fair Primer                                                       http://users.rcn.com/tedrowan/primer.html
    A site to help students get started and run a science fair project.

    Neuroscience for Kids: Successful Science Fair Projects  http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/fair.html
    Site by a former science teacher, science fair organizer, and judge.  Gives a thorough and detailed description of the steps to a successful science fair project.

    All Science Fair projects  http://www.all-science-fair-projects.com/category39.html
    Another site for find interesting ideas.  Then take the ideas and make your project your own.

    Additional links below have also been provided.