Science Fair Packet AB Combs Elementary 2015 PROJECT NUMBER _______________ Entry Form for AB Combs Science & Engineering Fair Form Due: January 16, 2015 SAVE PAPER-SAVE TIME! APPLY ONLINE: http:// combses.wcpss.net/ Student Name: ______________________________________________________________ Grade: ____________________ Teacher: _____________________________ Project Type (Check your category-see packet for explanations) [ ] Biological Sciences [ ] Environmental Sciences / Ecology The A.B. Combs Science & [ ] Physical Sciences [ ] Earth Sciences Engineering Fair will be held on [ ] Behavioral / Social / Health Sciences Tuesday, February 3, 2015 Project Title: ___________________________________________________________ Brief Description: ________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ Name of your school partner (K – 2 only): _______________________________ Parent Statement: I have reviewed the plans for my child’s Science / Engineering Fair project. I agree to offer support in the form of encouragement, guidance, and help with potentially hazardous items or construction work rather than through actual work on the project or display. I also agree to keep the cost of the materials and equipment at a maximum of $20. Parent Signature: __________________________________________________ Please return to Ms. Boughton by January 16, 2015 All changes to Title or Project Type must be submitted by January 23, 2015 Science Fair Packet AB Combs Elementary 2015 Page 2 of 7 2015 Science / Engineering Fair – Key Dates • December 8, 2014 (Monday): Information packets and entry forms sent home / online for students. • December 8, 2014 – January 23, 2015: Project display boards available for $4.00 from Ms. Boughton • December 8, 2014 – February 2, 2015: Students work on their projects at home with parental guidance. • December 16, 2014 (Tuesday) 6:00 PM: Parent Information Night. Display boards available. • January 5 – 23, 2015: Student should consult with teachers about their project to ensure they are entered in the correct category and have covered all parts of the engineering design process / scientific method. • January 16, 2015 (Friday): All Science Fair entry forms due online or to Ms. Boughton. • January 23, 2015 (Friday): Project Type or Title Changes should be submitted to Ms. Boughton. • February 2, 2015 (Monday) 6:00 – 7:00 PM: Pre-registration for ALL students - Media Center Lobby. • February 3, 2015 (Tuesday): AB Combs Science Fair o 7:15 - 8:45 AM: Students check-in projects not checked-in Monday evening. Grades K – 2 in the Cafeteria; Grades 3 – 5 in the lobby outside the Media Center o 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM: Classes view projects with their teachers at scheduled times. o 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Judges interview top projects in media center o 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM: Parents, students, and guests view projects. o 7:00 PM: Parents may take projects with them at the end of the viewing period. • February 4 & 5, 2015 (Wednesday & Thursday): The top 6 projects are presented to students on the morning announcements (3 on Wed AM and 3 on Thurs AM). • February 5, 2015 (Thursday) 9:00 AM: Student Awards ceremony at school assembly 3rd, 4th & 5th in gym. Ceremony will be telecast for K – 2 and in the Media Center. Invitations will be sent to all parents of students with top projects. • February 10, 2015 (Tuesday): Make-up day for Combs Science Fair - only if needed. • February 14, 2015: NC Central Regional Science Fair, Hillside High School (registration deadline extended to February 5, 2015) • March 27 & 28, 2015: North Carolina State Science & Engineering Fair, Meredith College, Raleigh • March 28, 2015: Central Regional Math Fair, North Asheboro Middle School, Asheboro (registration deadline March 7, 2015) • May 8, 2015: NC State Math Fair, North Carolina School of Science and Math, Durham Important Reminder Science Fair Packet AB Combs Elementary 2015 Page 3 of 7 4th and 5th grade students are required to enter a science project. Each student should work independently. (No partners). 4th and 5th graders are also required to do a written report about their project to be turned into and graded by their classroom teacher. Science Fair Packet AB Combs Elementary 2015 Page 4 of 7 Why have a Science Fair? The process of choosing a problem, planning a project, gathering and analyzing data, and drawing conclusions is an incredible learning experience for anyone, but especially for children. Some of the Covey Leadership Principles correlate to aspects of the scientific process. Children are ‘Beginning with the End in Mind’ when they formulate a hypothesis to predict a result. They are ‘Being Proactive’ by planning the project ahead of time so that they are finished before the due date. When your child works on his or her science project each day before playing with friends, they are ‘Putting First Things First’. The skills learned through this experience will reinforce your child's understanding of both the scientific method and the Combs' Leadership Model and values. We know you will enjoy the experience of watching and coaching your child through this process. What is the Scientific Method? The scientific method is a problem-solving approach that can be used as an approach in many areas in life, not just science. Usually applied in a series of steps, the scientific method includes: 1. Ask a Question or identify a Problem 2. Observe what is happening and do background Research 3. Construct a Hypothesis that explains what is happening or Predicts a result 4. Test your Hypothesis by doing an Experiment and recording the data 5. Analyze your data and draw a Conclusion 6. Communicate your Results on a project board using descriptions, graphs and tables What is the Engineering Design Process? The engineering design process is the set of steps that a designer takes to go from identifying a problem or need to creating and developing a solution that solves the problem or meets the need. During the engineering design process, designers frequently jump back and forth between steps. Going back to earlier steps is common. This way of working is called iteration. 1. Ask: What's the problem? What have others done? What are the constraints? 2. Imagine: What are some solutions? Brainstorm ideas. Choose the best one. 3. Plan: Draw a diagram. Make a list of materials you'll need. 4. Create: Follow your plan and create it. Test it out! 5. Improve: Make your design even better. Test it out! Who Enters Projects? K – 3rd grade students may enter a project alone or with another student. 4th and 5th grade students are required to enter a project. Each student should work independently (No partners). 4th and 5th graders are also required to do a written report along with their project. This written report will be graded as a writing assignment for 4th and 5th graders and should be turned into their teacher, not submitted with the project board. Entry Forms Signed and completed entry forms are due online or to Ms. Boughton by Friday, January 16, 2015. Project Categories: Biological Sciences: Includes projects that involve living things or once living things. Examples include: Animal Science, Biochemistry, Biotechnology Techniques, Cellular & Molecular Biology, Genetics & Genomics, Human Biology & Health, Mammalian Biology, Medical Biotechnology, Medicine & Health Science, Microbiology, Plant Biology, Plant Sciences, Zoology Environmental Sciences/Ecology: Includes projects that involve the environment and the relationships of living things to each other and/or to the environment. Examples include studies of organisms in their habitat, relationships between various organisms, and studies on how people’s actions affect the environment Physical Sciences: includes projects involving non-living things, math, computer, and engineering. Aerodynamics, Hydrodynamics, Astronomy, Chemistry, Crystal Growth, Cooking, Evaporation, Music, Photography, Digital Photography & Video, Physics, Sports Science, Civil Engineering, Electricity & Electrical Circuits, Energy & Power, Environmental Engineering, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Solar Power, Computer Science, Probability and Computer Games. Earth Sciences: Includes projects involving the earth and physical phenomena. Examples include Geology, Astronomy, Ocean Sciences, Weather & Atmosphere Science Fair Packet AB Combs Elementary 2015 Page 5 of 7 Behavioral/Social/Health Sciences: Includes projects related to health, psychology, or consumer/product testing. Examples include perception studies, aptitude and attitude surveys, product comparisons, and various exercise studies. Note: Students should not do projects with dangerous substances or that may harm animals or people. Science Fair Packet AB Combs Elementary 2015 Page 6 of 7 Note: Those projects which best utilize the scientific method or engineering design process have the greatest chance for advancement to regional competition in the science fair. Projects which use math applied through the context of science have the greatest chance of advancement to regional competition in the math fair. Changes to Type & Title of Project Many students find that their original project evolves over the course of a month. To accommodate this we ask that changes in Title or Project type be submitted online via the school website or to Ms. Boughton no later than 3 PM on Friday, January 23, 2015. Schedule of Events The Science Fair will be held on Tuesday, February 3, 2015. ALL students MAY bring in and register their project EARLY on Monday February 2, 2015 between 6:00 & 7:00 PM to decrease traffic on Tuesday morning. Early Check in will be in the Media Center Lobby. Day of registration is 7:15 - 8:30 AM Tuesday, February 3, 2015. Students in grades K – 2 should check in their projects in the Cafeteria. Students in grades 3 – 5 should check in their projects in the lobby outside the Media Center. Note: Students should NOT put their name on their poster. Students will be given (3) stick-on labels at check in. The label with their name, project title, etc. should be affixed to the BACK of their poster in the TOP, RIGHT HAND corner. The 2 labels with ONLY their project number (No Name), should be affixed to the FRONT of their poster, in the TOP, RIGHT HAND corner and to the top of the judging sheet to ensure fair judging. Viewing and Pick-Up Projects may be viewed from 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM and from 3:30 - 7:00 PM on Tuesday, February 3, 2015. Anyone wishing to view the projects during the day should check in at the office first. Awards will be presented during an assembly Thursday, February 5, 2015 in the morning. All projects (except those chosen as Best of Show) should be picked up after the viewing (7 PM) on the evening of Tuesday, February 3, 2015 or before school the next morning. Best of Show winners (those with a large RED ribbon on the project) will be presented on the morning news and should remain at school for the awards ceremony. Awards A variety of awards are presented for the science fair projects. Every student receives a participation ribbon and certificate. 3rd through 5th grade projects are evaluated and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards are presented in each category for each grade. So there will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards for 3rd grade Biological Sciences; 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards for 4th grade Biological Sciences; etc. Honorable mentions are also considered in each category for each grade. Up to 25 (3rd – 5th grade) projects are interviewed and considered for the top five “Best of Show alternates” and one “Best of Show Award”. The Best of Show project and alternates are selected to continue on to the Regional Science Fair. Special awards were presented during previous years from outside organizations such as BASF, Progress Energy, Wake County Soil & Water Conservation District, and the local chapter of the American Nuclear Society. We hope to have similar awards, perhaps from these organizations and others, this year as well. Please contact the Science Fair Chairs if you have contacts that may be interested in donating new awards. Note that K – 2 and 3 – 5 are also eligible for the Regional Math Fair. Those projects that include a significant math component beyond the standard course of study may be eligible to enter the Regional Math Fair. Questions and More Information If you have any questions or concerns, please call or leave a message for: • Chelsea Boughton at [email protected] • John Rankin at [email protected] Internet Resources See the AB Combs Website for science fair internet resources. Science Fair Packet AB Combs Elementary 2015 Page 7 of 7 Parents’ Role Encourage your child to do a project. Parents can offer suggestions, discuss the scientific method with their children, help cut out project parts, and provide materials. Help your child set up a schedule and offer reminders. Attend parent night information sessions to gather more information. Do not buy kits to be put together. Ideas and work should be the child’s own. Keep it simple. http://www.ncsciencefair.org/index.php/students-a-parents/rules Parent • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Do’s for the Science Fair DO READ the entire Science Fair Packet DO encourage your child throughout the process of doing a project DO supply any needed materials DO remind your child to turn in their entry form by January 16, 2015. DO provide opportunities for your child to visit a library for research DO purchase a display board from Ms. Boughton ($4.00) DO attend the Parent Information night on December 16, 2014 at 6pm. DO suggest that your child start early. DO remind your 4th and 5th graders to turn in a written report to their teacher. DO make sure the project is primarily the work of your child. DO show enthusiasm for your child’s project and for the Science Fair. DO notify Ms. Boughton by January 23, 2015 of any Project Title or Category Change. DO consider early check-in 6:00 - 7:00 PM on Monday, February 2, 2015 DO volunteer to help Judge or check-in on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 DO attend the Science Fair on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 between 11:30 AM – 6:30 PM. Parent Don’ts for the Science Fair **Please note: Research papers should be • DON’T allow your child to wait until the last minute. • DON’T let your child turn the entry form in late after January 16, 2015. • DON’T let your 3rd – 5th grader put his or her name or photo of their face on the front of the display board. • DON’T bring in any objects with the project, Take Pictures. • DON’T allow your child to use fire, sharp objects, or dangerous chemicals as part of the project • DON’T spend more than about $20 on supplies. • DON’T buy a kit for your child to put together. • DON’T forget to turn in your child’s project by 8:30 AM on February 3, 2015. • DON’T forget to attend the Science Fair on Tuesday, February 3, 2015. Remember The great value of undertaking a project is the excitement and fascination of a child thinking of an idea and seeing it develop his/her way. Most importantly, Have FUN!
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