Trace 2019 Science Fair

science-fairThe annual science fair will be held starting at 6:15pm (K-1) and 6:30pm (2-5) Thursday, March 21rd.  We invite ALL students to participate! We can accommodate 100 projects.

The primary purpose of the Trace Science Fair is to foster a love of science.  We want this to be a positive experience for all students, so all students will get a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place ribbon.  In addition, all students will receive a small participation prize (gift card).  We will also award a classroom prize for the class with highest number of participants!

What is a Science Fair?

The Trace Science Fair is a 2 day event which includes one evening judging where students get to present the work they’ve done on a science project.  It is a culmination of what may be many weeks of work depending on the nature of the project.  Recommendation: Plan ahead & start early!

The projects are also on display for Trace students starting Thursday 3/21 through Friday  3/23.  Recommendation: don’t include fragile or valuable portions of the project in the daytime display.

The presentation consists of a poster (on a PTO provided poster board) that explains the project and a chat with a judge.  The poster should explain the project fully and always include title and sources (bibliography) for external information used in the project.  Depending on the project type the poster will also include some of the following: question, hypothesis, background, materials, procedure, results, conclusion.  The poster will likely also include some drawings or photos to support the written content.

The science fair judges will talk to the students about their project and ask questions about the method, methodology and findings. Please support your student by talking to them about their project, this will help them prepare talking to the judges.  By talking about the project, you will also help your child truly understand and learn from the project.

Note that judges will evaluate the project per the judging rubric outlined in the handbook.  Please make sure the students have all the needed components per judging criteria and project type to ensure they are eligible for maximum points.

The students choose  what they want to work on.  The Science Fair Handbook 2019 provides more information including several websites with ideas for projects. For our science fair we’ll have 5 types of projects:

  • Collections (open to K-2)
  • Demonstrations (open to K-3)
  • Models
  • Experiments
  • Inventions

For more details, see the Trace Science Fair Handbook.  Available in English or en Español

For more information, see NASA’s explanation of a science fair and the scientific method. Estos documentos también están disponibles en español en el mismo sitio web.


Next Steps:

  1. ASAP: Pick a project and get working on it!
    Projects can be done individually or in groups of 2-3 students. Recommendation: The project will take a fair amount of work.  If forming groups, make sure the group is able to meet in person to work on the project.
  2. Feb 15 – Deadline to sign up online (preferred) or via the paper registration form which goes to your classroom teacher.  Online sign up form.
    If you need a printed copy of the the handbook (see Handbook) please note that on the form.  If you are able to view the guidebook online, we will save trees and money 🙂  The poster boards will be provided after student/teams registers and provides a project title/theme.  We request that you get the student to pick a general theme early on so that we supply boards and reserve spots to fully committed students.
  3. January 15- February 16: Confirmation emails will be sent to registered students.  Those that did not provide a project title yet, will be sent a request to provide a topic to confirm attendance.
  4. Feb 1-28: Students will receive a tri-fold standing board (36″ x 48″) to display the project. The board will include a space number to indicate where to set-up on the day of the science fair.
  5. Thursday March 21: Science Fair Projects need to be delivered to the Multi-Purpose Room between 8am – 8:30 am.  Note the projects will be on display through the day on Thursday and Friday.  Trace students will visit the fair during the day under teacher supervision.  Please do not leave any valuable or fragile items during the day.
  6. Thursday March 21: Science Fair, 6pm-8pm.
    Students should arrive on time to be ready to chat with the judges.  We will first let kinder and 1st grade students in at 6:15pm and others at 6:30pm
    All students who have created a display board are encouraged to attend, present their project to the judges, and be eligible for a prize!  (If you are not able to be at the evening judging, please let us know.  We may be able to provide an alternate judging time during the day for 1-2 projects.)
    Do not leave with your project – the science fair continues on Friday.
  7. Friday March 22: Trace students continue to visit the fair during the day under teacher supervision.   Pick up the project at the end of the day.


Questions?

See the handbook or write an email to Pia Rieppo, Trace PTO VP of Academic Affairs, at academics@tracepto.com.

¿Preguntas? 

Contactar a Rosa Elena Martinez, remartinez@sjusd.org, en la oficina de la escuela.
2019 Manual para la Feria de Ciencias en Trace Elementary

Sign up via this link.

 

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