Science Fair

DSC_2324harrison’s project.jpg The annual King’s School Science Fair takes place in the early spring. Each year students demonstrate an investigation into a particular sphere of science,as a class or individually, employing the Scientific Method at the appropriate grade level. Student’s self-directed experiments and displays are assessed by their science teacher and receive a test grade. Favorites are chosen by popular vote and earn the honor to showcase their work at our End of the Year Celebration!

Science Fair Guidelines For Parents

The Purpose of the Fair:

The purpose of the Science Fair is for students to demonstrate their knowledge in a particular sphere of science. They may exhibit this knowledge by an informative display, a scientific experiment, an interactive station, or another creative venue.

Criteria:

Each student will be required to create a science exhibit that demonstrates knowledge of science related material at the appropriate grade level. The science teacher of each student will be responsible for assessing the presentation in the following areas:

Content (adequate, age-appropriate content)

Visual Presentation

Creativity

Oral Presentation (diction, volume, tone, eye contact, gestures, interaction with exhibit)

(Note cards are very useful for the oral requirement.)

Variety of genre utilized

The grade will be recorded as a double test grade recorded by the science teacher for the third quarter.

Content:

The science teacher for each grade will help the students choose a concept or experiment that is covered in this year’s science textbook to reinforce their current learning. You will be receiving information from your student’s teacher with specifics on group projects being accomplished at school, and individual responsibilities to be accomplished from home.

A Variety of Genre:

The students may use any of the following genre and any other genre of communication that is approved by the science teacher to demonstrate their scientific knowledge.

three-way board

poster interactive demonstration

model song

experiment audio recording

video painting

photo gallery with captions props

reenactment (skit) etc.

Collaboration:

Students will be guided by their teachers about working together in a group with individual responsibilities, or working independently. This information will also come to you from each of the teachers.

Student Set-Up:

At the discretion of the science teacher for each grade, the students with their teachers will set-up their exhibits. Parents do not have to be present for set-up. Tables will be provided by the school. Two students can share one table.

Name

Grade/Teacher

Exhibit Title

(This sign is provided by the school.)

Science FairTiming:

The Science Fair will take place at two times, during the school day, and at the evening PTF meeting, starting at 7:00.

Any parents that are able to attend during the school day are welcomed. Your student can be dismissed at 2:30, at the end of the Science Fair, to leave with you if you desire.

On the evening of the SAME DAY, the Parent Teacher Fellowship will take place at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary. Your students MAY be required to attend this event. Please contact the school office if you need clarification regarding your student’s attendance at the event. We will have a short PTF time in the sanctuary, during which any students in attendance will sit with their parents and be the responsibility of the parents. (This includes any visiting siblings that attend.) Then the other building will be opened for refreshments and the evening Science Fair. This evening event gives working parents an opportunity to enjoy the exhibits.

Staff and Parents Ballot Box For Team Points:

Staff and parents will be given the opportunity to place their vote for their favorite exhibitor per grade in the Science Fair ballad box. The favorites (one student per grade) will win 1,000 points for their team. Participants whose exhibits meet the appropriate requirements, as per their science teacher, will receive 300 points for their team.

Communication:

Each individual science teacher may be sending home grade-specific instructions to further aid parents in preparing their students for the event. Please also check your “Teacher Notes” in the school website for more Science Fair information specific to your student’s grade.

If staff, student, or parents have any further questions, the science teacher or Mrs. Girling would be happy to try and help:)

Email your teacher, or Mrs. Girling at kgirling@kingsschool.info, or give us a call – 654-6230.

PS: Have Fun!

Click for printable K-6 Rubric

Click for printable 7-12 Rubric

 

Science Fair Project Judging Criteria K-3rd

Scientific Method

1.  Presented a question that could be answered through experimentation
2.  Accurately followed steps to perform an experiment/demonstration
3.  Recorded observations in writing or a data table, measurements, or graphs

4.  Used the observations to answer the question


Scientific Knowledge
5.  Accessed age-appropriate sources for background research

6.  Included age-appropriate components to provide a thorough description of the project


Presentation
7.  Presentation is neat, well organized, easily understood, and visually appealing

8.  Lab notes, posters, captions, stories, models, photos, 3-way board, video, photo gallery, props, re-enactment, etc.

9.  Time log


Creativity
10. Displayed creativity in the question, approach, and technique

11. Employed detail, color, design, attractiveness, and innovation

12. Includes scripture with reference - "What does the Bible say about my subject?"

 

 

Science Fair Judging Criteria 4-12th grade

Scientific Method

1. Presented a question that could be answered through experimentation/demonstration

2. Developed a hypothesis

3. Developed a fair test to validate the hypothesis

4. Clear and thorough process for data observation and collection

5. Ran sufficient trials (if applicable)

6. Accurate experimental technique

7. Derived conclusions from appropriately organized data

8. Related conclusions back to the hypothesis

Scientific Knowledge

9.   Accessed a minimum of three, age-appropriate sources for background research

10. Clearly identified and explained key scientific concepts relating to the experiment/demonstration

11. Used scientific principles and/or mathematical formulas correctly in the experiment/demonstration

Presentation

12. Neat, well organized, labeled, easily understood, and visually appealing

13. Presentation shows all steps of the scientific method

14. Includes lab notes, posters, PowerPoint, captions, stories, models, photos, games, 3-way board, video, props, re-enactment, etc.

15. Time log

Creativity

16. Investigated an original question or used an original approach or technique

17. Employed detail, color, design, attractiveness, and innovation

18. Includes scripture with reference- "How does my topic connect to God’s Word?"