Unlike the commercial of the exploding volcano in the kitchen, science fairs are more than opportunities to bring elaborate projects to school. Today’s science fairs are opportunities for our students to apply the skills and knowledge they have learned in math and science. During the month of January, students throughout our school district have worked in class and at home to prepare and present their science projects to a panel of judges.
As students begin their science fair projects, the first step is for students to ask a question or address a problem. For example, “Do sugar substitutes grow crystals like sugar?” Next, students consider what they know and devise a hypothesis. Once students have a hypothesis, they develop a process to test their hypothesis. Next, the hypothesis is tested and based on the results, students come to a conclusion. During the testing phase, students record their results and graphically represent their data. The entire project is displayed and then explained to judges during the science fair presentation. Students also answer any questions the judges may have. Judges rate the project based in part on the students’ knowledge of the subject matter and the scientific process, their communication skills, creativity, and application of science/math skills.
Each student’s science fair project is rated and top scorers from each of our schools have the opportunity to advance to the district science fair. At the district science fair, students will once again present their projects to a variety of judges and top scorers have the opportunity to proceed to the next level of science fair competition.
Science fairs provide our students the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned in their classrooms. I want to thank the teachers, parents, families, and community members that take the time to help our children with their science fair projects. As always, if you have questions about our schools, please contact me at the Administrative Offices (237-6300) or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.