Science Fair Program

We are so excited to announce some changes to the program this year! These changes will enhance the program and better serve the students. Revisions were made to link to current national Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculum initiatives. For more information, refer to the Science Fair Handbook.

After seeking advice from colleagues, the State Science Fair Taskforce agreed that some changes are necessary to promote student engagement, incorporate technology and reduce the interference with state testing dates.

Changes for 2014-2015:

  • Scaffolding for grades 4 and 5
  • Encourage Technology in presentation
  • Category Changes
  • Judging Sheet (minor changes)
  • Competitive and Non competitive options
  • Teams of 2-3 allowed for non competition
  • Shorter timeline

Scaffolding

School, Region and State Fair requirements

Fourth Grade

  • Data Notebook
  • Oral Presentation
  • Display Board (Abstract omitted)
  • NO WRITTEN REPORT

Why? Research is LA standard for the first time in 4th grade. Student will not have adequate time to learn the process by September to apply it to science fair.

Fifth Grade

  • Data Notebook
  • Oral Presentation
  • Display Board (Abstract omitted, but research 1 page min with bibliography added 2 source min.)
  • NO WRITTEN REPORT

Why? Research is a LA standard in 5th grade.

*Research will take the place of the Abstract on the board. Bibliography should be pasted to the back of the board.

Middle School

  • Data Notebook
  • Oral Presentation
  • Display Board
  • Written Report

Why? By 6th grade, students will have all of the necessary skills to write a research paper (min 2 pages)

Promote Technology

The use of technology is not required in presentations, but should be strongly encouraged this year. It may be a requirement for the following year.

Examples: Using an iPad in front of the display board to show parts of the experiment being done, adding music to the oral presentation, slideshow of pictures, etc.

Categories:

  • Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Earth, Space & Environmental Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Math and Computer Science
  • Medicine and Health
  • Physics

Competitive and Non Competitive

To encourage students, we are asking that all schools offer a non competitive route. This does not mean to eliminate standards, but rather provide different avenues to achieve the same knowledge.

Imagine LOL Competitive vs. Non Competitive Requirements

COMPETITIVE

Fourth Grade

  • Data Notebook
  • Oral Presentation
  • Display Board (Abstract omitted)
  • NO WRITTEN REPORT

Fifth Grade

  • Data Notebook
  • Oral Presentation
  • Display Board (Abstract omitted, but research 1 page min with bibliography added 2 source min.)
  • NO WRITTEN REPORT

Middle School

  • Data Notebook
  • Oral Presentation
  • Display Board
  • Written Report
NON COMPETITIVE

Fourth Grade

  • Data Notebook
  • Oral Presentation
  • Display Board (Abstract omitted)

Fifth Grade

  • Data Notebook
  • Oral Presentation with Research OR Display Board with Research

Middle School

  • Data Notebook
  • Oral Presentation OR Display Board
  • Written Report
Visual Aid Highly Suggested To Accompany Oral Presentation

Teams

The State Science Fair Taskforce has proposed offering the idea of teams of 2-3 next year. This is not offered at the competitive level this year, but might be next year. Please offer this to your non competitive students. We will be sending out a survey later on in the year to get feedback.

School Level Changes

Feel free to adjust things for your school. This doesn’t mean changing the state requirements, but you can offer different options. Make your non competitive route what your schools wants it to be. Some schools do a class project for those non competitive students. Differentiation does not mean eliminating standards. It means to provide different avenues to achieve the same knowledge.