MRE Science Fair 2018


   SCIENCE FAIR   

Our school will be having a Science Fair on May 31st! We hope that, with your enthusiastic encouragement, your student will participate in the fair by preparing a project. This will be an exciting experience for your child! It is optional, but encouraged.

 

Although students can receive help at school, parent support and assistance are essential to your child’s success. A general rule of thumb to go by is:

  • 4th and 5th graders should be doing almost the entire science project by themselves.
  • 2nd and 3rd graders should be able to do many parts.
  • Kindergarteners and 1st graders will need help for most of the project. You may write/type for your child.

 

We are confident the following benefits will result from your child’s participation in the Science Fair:

  • œ Reinforcement of grade level science, literacy and math skills
  • œ Fostering curiosity, awareness, and creativity
  • œ Increased scientific knowledge
  • œ Learning research techniques
  • œ Growth in ability to work independently
  • œ Having fun with science!
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In addition to the opportunity to work on a project, the Science Fair provides students with an increased

awareness of science and an opportunity for them to develop positive attitudes about themselves and

their work. The science project allows children to use critical thinking and problem solving skills learned

in science and in math.

 

Please pick up a Science Fair Project Entry Form in the office or print one from the MRE website. Please complete the form with your child and have your child return it to school no later than Friday, May 11. After the project is approved he/she will receive a packet with detailed information on completing the science fair project.

 

If you have any questions please email Genevieve McPartland at  genevievemcpartland@gmail.com

 

TYPES OF SCIENCE FAIR PROJECTS

 

  • COLLECTION (Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grade ONLY) – You will collect, identify and categorize something of interest, answering questions related to observations made while exploring your world.

Examples: What kinds of insects can be found in my backyard? What types of tree leaves can be found on my street? What kind of shells did I collect on my vacation? (ex: feathers, rocks, minerals, seeds, fossils etc.)

 

  • RESEARCH PROJECT (Kindergarten through 5th grade) – Someone has already found the answer to your question/problem, and you will look for their answer/solution by reading books, talking to experts, and gathering information from other sources such as schools and public libraries. Your display board will have drawings, photographs, charts, graphs, dioramas, etc.

 Examples: How does a light bulb operate? How do clouds form? What makes a rainbow? What makes a vacuum? How does a magnet work? Why do leaves change color? What is the life cycle of an ant? How does the weather change? How does a radio work?

 

  • EXPERIMENT (Kindergarten through 5th grade) – You will conduct an experiment to find the answer to your question/problem. The Scientific Method will take you through the correct process of asking a question, doing some preliminary research, making a hypothesis (your best guess at how it will turn out), planning and conducting your experiment, and analyzing your results. Your project must have a variable. What is a variable? Basically, a variable is any factor that can be controlled, changed, or measured in an experiment. For example: Which brand of diaper holds the most water? Your variable would be testing 5 different brands of diapers.

Examples: What liquid is best to clean a tarnished penny? Does soil affect the growth of plants? With which brand of batteries do toys run longest? Do all colors fade at the same rate? What kind of glue holds two boards together better? Which metal conducts heat best? Which materials absorb the most water? Does the length of a vibrating object affect sound?

 

  • INVENTION (3rd through 5th grade ONLY) – Everyone is an engineer! You will use science, math, and creativity to dream up and design an object or a process to solve a real life problem. Using The Engineering Design Process will take you through all the necessary steps: asking a question, brainstorming, planning, creating, testing, and making it even better. Think of a question about an everyday problem you would like to solve. Inventions can be almost anything created to solve a problem or meet a need. Examples: processes to clean water, move heavy objects, creating energy etc.

 

*After you decide which type of project you would like to do, pick up a Science Fair Project Entry Form in the office or print one from the MRE website. Please fill out the entry form and turn it in. The science fair committee will review/approve it and then send home a packet with all of the information you need to get started.

* Projects will be judged using a rubric and some awards will be presented. More information will come home in the next science fair packet.

 

Science Fair Entry Form