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Annual Science Fair

At BuffSCi, we believe that the Science Fair is an invaluable experience for our students.  Each year, the Science Fair is a school-wide collaboration amongst our students. Students complete assignments in all of their classes relating to their projects. Each student is given instructions and handouts during each class for the various steps of his/her project. Students are given grades relating to his/her Science Fair project in all classes, in an effort to assist each student with his/her project in greater depth. Therefore, it is imperative for students to work continually on his/her Science Fair project at home in order to be prepared for each class. The students will receive a monthly calendar noting due dates for each part of the project.

 

The qualified projects are eligible for First, Second, or Third Place in the all-category, school-wide judging. Within specific categories First, Second and Third place winners will receive a medal!  Projects are evaluated by invited guests to make up our esteemed, impartial Judges’ Panel who determine the student winners in each category.

 

Here are some of our top reasons as well as goals we hope that the students are able to achieve through participating in the BuffSci Science Fair:

 

  •        Create a stimulated interest, curiosity, and desire to explore the mysteries of the world. The students will learn, understand, apply and master the scientific  method.
  •         Provide the students with real scientific experiences allowing them to apply their scientific knowledge.
  •      Develop the necessary skills in communicating scientifically; both verbally and written. Students will expand their skills of interpretation and analysis of data; Students will learn how to manage and complete long range projects.
  •        Acquire skills of research using a variety of resources such as the Internet, interviews, books, magazines, etc.
  •        Demonstrate a connection between what is learned in the classroom and real-life experiences.
  •        Promote unique opportunities for the teachers to work individually with the students in an interdisciplinary project.
  •        Foster independence in the student by providing the opportunity to take initiative and responsibility in studying a topic of their choice.

 

  

For suggestions on helping students through this process and choosing a topic for his/her Science Fair project, there are various web sites that can help.  These sites include but are not limited to:

                www.all-science-fair-projects.com

                http://school.discovery.com/sciencefaircentral/

                www.sciencebuddies.org

                www.education.com/science-fair/

 

 

We ask parents to encourage your child and monitor his/her progress along the way. Your support is the key to a successful project; but please do not allow your involvement to extend any further than support in order to assure equity and promote student learning! Guide your child whenever and wherever you can, but let the final project reflect your child's individual effort and design.

 

  

 

FOUR MAJOR COMPONENTS

 

The science fair project can be divided into four major components:

  1. The Experiment:
  2. Choose a topic
  3. Perform an experiment related to that topic
  4. The Research Paper:
  5. Review and research literature for the chosen topic and closely related topics
  6. Summarize the experiment and draw conclusions from the experiment
  7. Write a properly formatted and cited research paper
  8. The Visual Display
  9. Prepare a display board that illustrates the complete science project from start to finish
  10. Display equipment and materials needed to complete the project
  11. The Oral Presentation
  12. Orally present a summary of the project to your teachers, classmates, parents and judges
  13. Share and explain all phases of the project in an open setting