- The deadline for registration is FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH. Projects need to be submitted via Google Slides no later than FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH. Projects will be available for online viewing beginning THURSDAY, MARCH 4TH. Awards will be announced the following week.
- The projects will be in a virtual format only, using Google Slides. Projects will be judged according to grade level. Students may work in pairs or in groups even if they are from different grades. A maximum of four students total may work on one project. (The exception to this are class projects.) Please be sure to follow all current guidelines for gatherings and distancing. The project will be judged based on the highest grade level of the members on the team.
- Projects should be completed by the student. Parent support and engagement is welcome as long as the learning and work that takes place in the project is that of the student. (Please see the Guidelines for Parent Involvement section.)
- Keep it safe! No dangerous chemicals, nothing that is harmful to animals or people, and no explosives.
How to Participate:
Step 1- Choose a project
Choose a project based on your interests. Think about phrasing questions such as, “What is the effect of ____________ on ____________?”
If you need help coming up with an idea, go to Science Buddies Project Ideas. There you can fill out a short questionnaire that will help you to narrow down project ideas.
Step 2- Register online
Follow the link below to register. Registration is FREE! Please submit one registration form per project.
Be sure to register by Friday, February 12th.
Step 3- Run the experiment
What is the Scientific Method?
The Scientific method is what scientists use to learn about things.
It has four major steps:
✔ State the problem. What is it that you want to find out? Example: Do plants need sunlight?
✔ State your hypothesis. A hypothesis is a statement about what you think is going to happen in your experiment. Example: The plants in sunlight will grow better than the plants kept in the dark because plants need sunlight to grow.
✔ Record your data. Write down and/or take pictures of what happens when you try your experiment. NOTE: Keep track of your data. Sometimes it makes sense to put it into a graph. Example: Two daisy plants were purchased. One was kept in my bedroom window; the other was kept inside a foil covered toy box. Each plant was watered every other day. Each plant was measured every week. After four weeks, the one in my window grew an inch and made three flowers. The other plant shriveled and almost died.
✔ State your conclusion. What happened? Was it what you expected? Why do you think it happened? What did you learn? Example: The plant in the light grew taller than the plant in the dark. This supports my hypothesis. I learned that light is very important for plants to grow and bloom.
Step 4- Create your slides (NEW this year!)
- Go to Google Drive → New → Google Slides. Title the slideshow with the student name(s).
- Include the following slides. Think about slides that make the most sense for your project, with a total of 5 slides minimum, and no more than 10 slides total.
- Slide 1- Required- Title of the project, First and last names of the participants, Grade level(s) of the participants (could include a photo- optional)
- Slide 2- Required- State the Problem and Hypothesis
- Slide 3- Required- List the Materials and Procedure (this could be 1 or 2 slides and might include pictures)
- Slide 4- Required- Observations, Graphs, Data Tables, and/or Pictures- This will look different for each project and may be more than one slide
- Slide 5- Required- Conclusion
- Other optional slides (please have no more than 10 slides total)- Research, Pictures, Short Video, etc.
Step 5- Submit your project
Projects must be submitted by Friday, February 26th.
Please share the Google Slides with email@example.com. Title it with the student name(s). You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours.
Interested in judging?
Email Julie Rivard, Rolling Hills VP of Science
Guidelines for Parent Involvement
The Science Fair is designed to help your child develop the ability to explore and investigate a scientific topic in depth and use the scientific method. The process will allow each student to integrate writing, math, science and other curriculum areas. We hope the Science Fair will be a fun and unique way for your child to engage in learning and to explore science in more depth. All science fair projects should be grade appropriate and should be authentic work of the student.
While the Science Fair is designed for your child’s benefit we wanted to share with you how much and what type of parental involvement and input is permitted.
• Parents may assist their child in putting their slides together. The work, however, should be that of your child.
• The research, design, and investigation should be completed primarily by the student. The parent’s role is to provide the resources and direction necessary while also being a constant source of encouragement and support. While you are welcome to be involved we ask that you think about how much of the work is your child’s versus your work. Obviously, younger students need more support and help and this is to be expected. Again, the goal is to get your child interested and engaged in science and experiments, so use your judgment on the appropriate level of support.
• Topic selection should be that of your child but parents are welcome to offer suggestions and encourage exploration of topics they might not consider. Again, please make sure the topic is grade appropriate.
• Parents are welcome to proofread a student’s work, but corrections should be made by the child.
• Questions? Contact Julie Rivard, Rolling Hills VP of Science, firstname.lastname@example.org.