Get ready for the Science Fair 2016
Get ready for the Science Fair
Attention Grade 3-6! From today you have approximately 4 weeks to plan, carry out and get your project ready!!
In June The ISTCI will be hosting its annual Science Fair where all the children from Grades 3-6 research, test and produce a poster detailing their research and their scientific findings.
Grades 3-6 will be judged on the following criteria:
- scientific explanation
- data analysis
- detailed knowledge of the subject
They have to be able to explain how the experiment was tested in a fair manner and what they found out.
In previous years these Science fair ideas have been nothing less than phenomenal and, this year, we expect no less.
What is the Science Fair?
A Science Fair is an exciting event that encourages you to think like a young scientist!!
You need to design and produce a science experiment/investigation that uses the scientific method to solve a problem. You will present your project to one/two judge(s) and also to your teacher. Other visitors may ask you about your project too!
According to Science Buddies, preparing a science fair project is an excellent example of what education experts call active learning or inquiry (also “hands-on” learning). It is a very effective instructional method; indeed, it is recommended as a cornerstone of successful science teaching.
Our society relies more on science every day, and science fairs are a great way for students to become more knowledgeable about how the world around them works. Every citizen needs sufficient science literacy to make educated decisions about what he or she reads in the media, about health care, and about other every-day problems.
What do I need to do for a Science Fair project?
Choose a topic that interests you:
- A hobby such as music, gardening, or model rocketry, might give you something to investigate
- Sometimes your interest in a sport can provide ideas for a science fair project
- Magazine or newspaper articles on science-related events can spark your interest
- Find out if there is a sizable amount of information and equipment available
- Science-based websites may inspire ideas
A good research paper should be written in the past tense and have the following components:
- Title and/or Title Page
- Abstract, Summary Page/Index
- Introduction, including Literature Review
- Hypothesis or Statement of Purpose
- Materials and Experimental Methods
- Data and/or Results
- Discussion and Analysis of Data or Results
- Make it look as eye-catching as possible!
The Science Fair will take place on the following days:
- Grade 3 June 16th (Tues) 2-3pm during lesson
- Grade 4 June 17th (Wed) 2-3pm during lesson
- Grade 5 and Grade 6 together June 16th (Tues) 10.15-11.15am during grade 6 lesson
The winners will be announced in the assembly on Friday the 19th June; please come along and support the winners! Parents are invited to come and see their child being judged and to look at the other posters/displays in the science lab at the above times mentioned.
Here are some really useful websites to help you:
Your Science Project could be entered in the National TCI Science Fair 2016, just like the winning Ice Project from Michael Saunders and Oliver French at the National TCI Science Fair 2015.