Poolesville Elementary School
 

Science fair!

Dear Parents,

 I am excited to announce that on Wednesday March 29, Poolesville ES will be hosting their 4th annual Science fair! 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!

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.

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

  •  *Exposure to public speaking and presentation
  • *Fostering curiosity, awareness, and creativity
  • *Increased scientific knowledge
  • *Learning research techniques
  • *Growth in ability to work independently
  • *Having fun with science!

 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.

Please start talking to your child about a topic they would like to explore.

A form along with rules and guidelines will follow which will be required as a project approval and entry to the science fair.

You can find some helpful hints to get you and your child thinking. This is not a competition all completed projects will receive recognition. This is not for state fair participation.

 Brought to you by the PES PTA. Any questions please contact Chair Coordinator Sady Svedberg  at sadyxoxo@gmail.com

 Judging Criteria.pdf

Poolesville ES SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT entry form and rules.pdf

 

HELPFUL HINTS FOR PARENTS

 

Welcome to the Science Fair!

This should be a fun project! Success is when your child asks their own question, completes their project with a smile, and knows more than when they started. Enjoy this time of discovery and fun for you and your child!

  •  The science fair project reinforces reading, writing, logic and math skills, and creativity
  • The goal is that your child learns “the scientific method” or “the engineering design process” through direct experience.
  • A Report is part of the process.
    • It does not have to be typed.
    • If you decide to type the report use what your child wrote  or dictated it to you. If the sentence structure is off, ask them if it needs correction. Guide them to the correction.
    • Use their words; children say things in unique and fun ways.
  • It is best to guide and answer their questions with questions. You may know the answer, but help them discover it themselves. For example, you may want to show them which paragraph in the book to re-read rather than giving them the answer.
  • Although neatness is good, it’s not the main focus. A 6-year-old can make the data chart with a little help.
  • The project does not have to look store bought. It needs to be made by them, so that they truly get better every year they participate.
  • Encourage your child’s artistic side with the display. For example, you can show how the use of color and shapes can be used to show the importance of a part of the display.
  • If you allow your child to use web sites for research; verify the site is “correct” and then let them use the research found there. Remember:
    • Anyone can create a web site; this does not mean its information is correct!
    • Make sure the web site is run by a large, recognized group such as a college or organization.
    • DOT “org”, “gov” or “edu” are generally trustworthy for accuracy of content.
  • What is an acceptable science fair project?
    • Something that answers a question to which they do not know the answer
    • Something they can figure out themselves
    • Something they can change somehow, add another variable, and then predict the outcome. That’s an experiment!
  • What is NOT an acceptable science fair project?
  • Reproducing results found on the web is not an experiment; it’s a reproduction.
  • A demonstration is not an experiment (i.e., volcano).
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