On Line Science Fair

Hawkesdale P12 College students go to the Science Buddies site and complete the Topic Selection survey to identify areas of interest and browse project selections. Another site where you can identify areas of interest and choose a topic is at Discovery Education Science Fair Central.

Welcome to:

Mrs Laguna's Year 8 Science class from Philadelphia,U.S. Read about what Mrs Laguna's class thinks about using a science wiki here.

Mr Ardito's Year 7 Science classes from New York, U.S. Answer some questions from Mr Ardito's class here.

Mr Larazo's Year 5, 6 and 7 Science classes from Lima, Peru. His International Project wiki is here and his blog is Learning and Science. You may have some questions for Mr Larazo's students about life in Lima? Go to sgccollaboration@gmail.com to ask questions.

Science Fairs are popular in the United States, where students investigate a scientific concept and then present their findings at an exhibition, as a poster, diorama or other display. This wiki is for an on-line science fair, where students from all over the world can contribute their findings. Each student (or group of students) will have a page where they could post their research question, hypothesis, experimental method, data and findings. Students can present their project as a powerpoint, movie, podcast or report on the wiki page.

Why participate in a science fair?
Science fairs give you the opportunity to study a topic that interests you. Projects can be as varied as your interests, such as sports, music, art, rocketry, psychology, and computers. Through your projects, you will discover that science is found in every niche of the universe. Further, science projects allow you to:
  • Use the scientific method to develop an understanding of controls and variables
  • Take an open and creative approach to problem solving
  • Sharpen your writing skills
  • Gain skills in library use
  • Learn that a successful outcome is based not on personal opinion but on scientific fact
  • Develop time management
  • Develop public speaking skills as they present projects on video or to classmates and judges
  • Compete in a science fair where you have the opportunity to be recognized for academic achievement

Each project and presentation should include the following steps:
  1. Decide on an investigation and research question or hypothesis.
  2. Check with your teacher - is it achieveable?
  3. Apply for registration with the wiki and an application form.
  4. Submit the application form and a page for your project will be added to the wiki.
  5. Start your investigation with the following steps:
      • Introduction, Background and Purpose
      • Hypothesis
      • Methods and Procedure
      • Results and Observations
      • Discussion and Conclusion
      • Acknowledgements, References or Bibliography

If students would prefer to participate in a larger project, rather than investigate their own concept, they can add to the data on the "Paper Aeroplanes" or "Breakfast Cereals" pages. The Links to resources page has a list of websites to get further information about the scientific method, ideas for projects and actual science fairs in the U.S. and Canada. Students will also be able to visit pages and comment on other student's work by adding to the discussion page behind the wiki page. The Assessment page has a rubric of criteria you should read, to make sure you have completed your project to the highest possible standard.