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 2012 Science Fair Packet


Fair Date – January 26, 2012
                 Contents:
                                   Page #
   Overview ……………………..                1

   Rubric & Due Dates ………..             2

   Science Fair Project Directions ..   3

   What goes on each page ……            4-7

   Presentation Board Instr…..          8

   Categories…………………..                  9

   Tips for Being a winner ……           10

   Do’s and Don’t’s……………                11-13

   Oral Presentation Tips ……            14

   Scientific Method Info……             15

   Information on Abstract …..          16

   Official Entry Form …………             17




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                   Science Fair
      The ICCS Science Fair will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2012. Sixth

grade students are required to participate in the Science Fair.

      Students will be doing the research, experiments, reports, and backboards

at home. It will be up to each student to keep up with each deadline as we go.

      Do not be overwhelmed. I am here to help each step of the way. We have

even created a template of each page for the students to use. These are available

in the science lab or on our ICCSCHOOL.org website.

      This is the 2012 Science Fair Packet. You will find the rubric, deadlines,

steps for completion, detailed instructions on your report, information on the

presentation board, categories, and tips for success. The project counts 160 total

points – as outlined in the attached rubric. Additional information and websites

are available at http://www.lasciencefair.org, www.sciencebob.com, and

www.doce.lsu.edu/sciencefair .

      Thank you in advance for all of your hard work and dedication to your

Science Fair Project! I know you will do a great job!

                                                    Mrs. Knollmeyer

        Entry forms are due on November 8,2011. We will complete in class.
  All forms are to be given to Mrs. Knollmeyer. (Students must be able to explain
              their project and experiment plans at the time of entry.)
       ALL questions regarding the fair should be directed to Mrs. Knollmeyer!


                   Iccssciencefair.wikispaces.com




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Name:                                             Date:


           2012 Science Fair Rubric & Due Dates
                                                  * These will not be
                                                      taken late!
        Due                                                             Points
        Date       What is Due?                   Point Value           Earned
          11/1/11 Idea/detail form                                  5
          11/3/11 State the Question                                5
          11/8/11 Entry Form                                        5
         11/10/11 Bibliography (3 Sources)                          5
         11/15/11 Note Cards (10)                                   5
                  Gather Information-
         11/17/11 Report                                           10
         11/29/11 Hypothesis                                        5
          12/1/11 Materials List-bulleted                           5
                  Procedure - numbered
          12/6/11 steps                                             5
                  Independent Variable,
                  Dependent Variable, 3
          12/8/11 Constants                                         5
                  Experiment
         12/13/11 Complete/Data table                               5
                  Analyze Data - Graph
         12/15/11 and Analysis                                      5
           1/3/12 Conclusions                                       5
           1/5/12 Abstract                                          5
          1/10/12 Table of Contents Due                             5
          1/12/12 Rough Draft of Report                            30
                  Completed/Revised
                  Report/2 copies in clear
          1/19/12 covers                                           20
                  Science Fair - entering
                  and setting project up at
                  the fair, neatly
                  organized, creative, and
                  accurate. This includes
                  the exhibit and oral
          1/26/12 presentation.                                    30

                                     Total                       160

                   Everything in 12 font!

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                      Science Fair Project Directions


      Title Page……………………………………………………………………………………... 1
      Abstract ……………………………………………………………………………………….2
      Table of Contents………………………………………………………………………. 3
      State the Question……………………………………………………………………. 4
      Gather Information -Report…….……………………………………………….5
      Hypothesis……………………………………………………………………………………..6
      Materials………………………………………………………………………………………..7
      Procedure……………………………………………………………………………………….8
      Independent/Dependent Variables/Constants …………………….9
      Data/Table.……..……………………………………………………………………………10
      Analyze Data/Graph……..…………………………………………………………...11
      Draw Conclusion……………………………………………………………………………12
      Bibliography…………….……………………………………………………………………13
      Acknowledgments……………………………………………………………………….14



      Students will type the entire report at home. I have made a template for

students to follow. Students will also work on research, experiments, and

backboards at home. Students must meet each deadline as stated on the Rubric

(page 2).

Each page should have a centered – heading 14 point font. Each page should also be
double spaced and typed in Times New Roman (12 point font). The font style must
  be consistent throughout the entire report. Two of the final reports are to be
 bound in a clear report cover. Rough drafts of the reports are due on January 12
                    with the final copy due on January 19, 2012.




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                      What Goes on Each Page?

We have a template for students to follow. Don’t worry, we will take it step
by step!

      Title Page – Page #1: This is the front of the report. Students need
to have a title related to their project/research. This page needs to have the title
(Example: “We Don’t Monkey Around”) and a picture to go along with the topic
(ClipArt or an actual photograph). You are assigned a number to put on the front
of your report. No personal information (name, school, address) should be listed on
the report or the display anywhere.

      Abstract –Page #2: The abstract is a form that is required by the
Science Fair committee. It is a summary of what has been done on your project,
your category of your project, and some brief questions about your project. An
example is attached and the electronic form is on the wiki for you to download and
type into. This abstract will be a maximum of 250 words on one page. It should
include the a)purpose of the experiment, b) procedures used, c) data, and
conclusions. An example of a correct abstract is on the wiki.



      Table of Contents – Page #3: This page contains the title of each
page with their corresponding page numbers. It should look like this:
                      Table of Contents

      Title Page……………………………………………………………………………………... 1
      Abstract ……………………………………………………………………………………….2
      Table of Contents………………………………………………………………………. 3
      State the Question……………………………………………………………………. 4
      Gather Information -Report…….……………………………………………….5
      Hypothesis……………………………………………………………………………………..6
      Materials………………………………………………………………………………………..7
      Procedure……………………………………………………………………………………….8
      Independent/Dependent Variables/Constants …………………….9
      Data/Table.……..……………………………………………………………………………10
      Analyze Data/Graph……..…………………………………………………………...11
      Draw Conclusion……………………………………………………………………………12
      Bibliography…………….……………………………………………………………………13
      Acknowledgments……………………………………………………………………….14




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        State the Question – Page #4: This is where students explain why
they are doing the project and what you are trying to find out or prove! For
example, “Can a Monkey be taught to ask for a banana using sign language?”

        Gather Information -Report – Page # 5: Students must turn in a
rough draft of this. Students need to learn more about their topic in order to
formulate their hypothesis and to better explain their results after the
experiment. Research may go on all during their experiment. Usually this is 1-3
pages long.

        Hypothesis – Page #6                  (or whatever page comes next after the research/report):   This is
a statement that is an educated guess as to the outcome of the student's
investigation. Research is often needed before the hypothesis can be formed. It
must be stated as a fact, not an opinion or a possibility. For example: A monkey
can learn to use sign language to ask for a banana.

        Materials - Page #7                                      This is a list of
                                            (or whatever page comes after your hypothesis):

materials needed to perform the experiment. Each project must have an
experiment or testing of some sort. It must be specific and complete. List
materials with bullets. Do not number the materials!

        Procedure - Page #8                                         - This is a step-
                                            (or whatever page comes after the materials):

by-step (numbered) instruction as to how to do the experiment. It must be very
specific so anyone can read them and do exactly what the student did even without
knowing anything about the topic. Often it is helpful to include diagrams of a step
that is difficult to explain. Students can even add a picture of themselves doing
the procedures


        Independent/Dependent Variable, 3 Constants - Page #9                                            (or

                                   - This is a list like below
whatever page comes after the procedure):

                 I.   Independent Variable –
                 II. Dependent Variable –
                 III. Constants (3) –
                      a.
                      b.
                      c.




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      Data/Table - Page #10                                           - This is a
                                      (or whatever page comes after the procedure):

table with the quantitative data taken during the experiment. The Independent
variable should be in one column and the dependent variable in another.




                   Analyze Your Results/Graph – Page #11 (or whatever page comes
after the procedures): This is a graphical representation of the data taken in the table
during the procedure. The Independent variable is usually along the x-axis and the
dependent variable along the y-axis. Examine and organize your findings. Identify
patterns from the graphs. This will help you answer your testable question. Did
you experiment give you the expected results? Why or why not? Are there other
explanations that you had not considered or observed? Were there experimental
errors in your data taking, experimental errors in your data taking, experimental
design or observations? Remember that understanding errors is a key skill
scientists must develop.

      Draw Conclusion – Page #12 (or whatever page comes after the results): This is
where the student makes a decision about whether their hypothesis was proven to
be correct or not. Briefly summarize your results. State your findings in
relationships of one variable with the other. Support those statements with
empirical data (one average compared to the other average, for example). Be
specific, do not generalize. Never introduce anything in the conclusion that has not
already been discussed. Also mention practical applications.

      Bibliography – Page #13 (or whatever page comes after the conclusion): This is a list
of sources used to get all information. Students need at least 3 sources (books,
magazines, Internet, etc). Go to iccssciencefair.wikispaces.com for help. We are
using APA format.
          Book:
          Magazine or Periodical
          Newspaper
          Encyclopedia
          CD-ROM
          Internet




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      Acknowledgments – Page #14 (or whatever page comes after the reference/bibliography):
This is a list of all people that contributed in some way to the project.




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                                                Do's and Don'ts
#1 Spelling Counts!
You have worked too hard and come too far to let the spelling slide! Make sure you get it right! If your project is in
the final running, this could eliminate you, so make sure to spell every word correctly.

#2 Effect vs. Affect
Confusing "affect" with "effect" is a common mistake in a lot of science fair projects. Unfortunately, mistaking the
proper form of the word is most noticeable when it is used in the title of your project. The rule that applies in most
cases is as follows: If you are using the word as a verb, then "affect" is the correct spelling. If you are using the word
as a noun, then "effect" is the correct spelling.

#3 Avoid Unreadable Fonts
It's okay to express a little creativity in your graphics and fonts, but don't overuse fancy unreadable fonts in your
project. It makes it hard for the judges to read and they don't have a lot of time to spend on your project. Make your
fonts crisp, clear, and easy to read.

#4 Avoid "Title Wrap-Around"
There are 3 panels to just about every science fair board; the left, right, and center. When designing your project, try
to make sure that the title of your project stays within the center panel and doesn't extend into the left and right
panels. This is called "wrap-around" and can be visually distracting to the viewer.

#5 "Sticky Situations"- Lay It Out First!
Make sure to lay out all of the pieces you are going to glue on the board before you glue them. This is so important!
Once those pieces are glued... you are stuck! It's also a good idea to experiment with a variety of different layouts
before deciding which is best. Get some help from adults. What looks good to you might not look as good to others.
Get opinions from friends, family members, aunts, uncles, even your dog, Fideaux. It is also a good idea to put your
best "eye-catching stuff" in the center panel. Did you hear that?
Put your best stuff in the center! Whatever you decide, make sure all the pieces fit on the board before gluing or you
will be in sticky situation and well, you'll be stuck!

#6 Tape vs. Glue
I have absolutely no scientific reasoning for this but, use glue instead of tape. I can only rely on my past experience
with this so listen carefully. Tape just looks bad. I have no idea why, but every project that I have seen that uses tape
just does not look as good as it can be. This judgment holds true for all types of tape. Masking tape, scotch tape,
electrical tape, duct tape, tape on the corners, tape on the edges, tape in front, tape behind... all looks bad. Trust me.
Don't use it! "Yeah, but you can't see the tape behind". It looks bad. Trust me. If you need to use tape on the models
you are designing, then by all means... DO. Just use it sparingly and exercise good judgment. A final word about
glue. When using glue, it is important to use the right amount. You don't want your glue to drip or "ooze" from
under the pages. Elmer's glue sticks seem to work the best. They keep the pages you glue from wrinkling, don't
result in drippage, and for the most part, secures the pages fairly well.

#7 Picture It!
The old saying, "pictures are worth a thousand words" speaks volumes in science fair projects. Pictures look great!
No question about it. If you want your project to shine, use pictures wherever possible. They catch the attention of
the viewer, help you to fill up your board space, and demonstrate to the judges exactly what you did.When using
pictures, it is important to plan ahead. Have a good camera and let an adult help you "frame" your pictures
accurately. Also, if you are doing an experiment that involves several days (called a longitudinal study), be sure to
allow time to get your pictures developed. If you elect to use pictures (and I hope you do), lighting and focusing are
very important or they can diminish the impact of your project. In other words, do your pictures justice and DO
THEM WELL! Also, refer to the other secrets on this list when laying out your pictures on the board.

#8 Construct Without "Construction"
As oxymoronic as this sounds... it's true. Following the same lack of scientific evidence as Secret #6, using
construction paper to wallpaper your board just doesn't look good and isn't a good idea. Fancy backgrounds on web
pages are distracting to the visitor especially if there is content that needs to be read. Think of your project as a web
page. You want the judge to be able to read what you did without getting sunburn from the blast of colors you have
used to wallpaper your board. For this reason, stick with the basic board colors that have been given to you. Black
and white science boards work best. You can still use lots of color without sacrificing the "whitespace" that you
have been given (see the next secret for a full explanation of "whitespace").

#9 Avoid "Whitespace"


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"Whitespace" is the amount of space on your board that is unused after your project is done. This is another reason
to lay out all of your pieces before gluing because if you find that you don't have enough "stuff" to put on your
board, you still have time to add pieces or enlarge the pieces that you have. Whitespace is one sure way to bore the
viewer. If there is a lot of whitespace on your board it can possibly mean two things. One, your pieces are so small
that it cannot be read unless using a magnifying glass, or two, you just don't have enough "stuff".


#10 Border To Avoid Boredom
Placing a piece of colored construction paper behind your 8 1/2" x 11" piece of paper will make a nice border
helping the pieces stand out. Now, I know you are thinking, "Yeah, but you said construct without construction" and
you would be right. But here, the difference is that you are using construction paper to accentuate your pieces rather
than wallpapering your project board with construction paper. The borders created by doing this measure no more
than a couple of centimeters and make your project look good. The colors you choose are up to you. All colors look
good for the most part, but if you want to take it step further, using color themes (discussed in next section) make
projects look even better. The same rule holds true for web designing as well. Go figure.

#11 Color Themes
So, what exactly are color themes? Color themes are two or more contrasting colors used throughout a project that
compliment each other adding to the overall aesthetic value of the project. What? Look at this way... if you are a
female student, you most likely choose colors to wear that kinda sorta match, right? Boys, well, they just throw on
anything to look cool, so they will have to work a little harder at understanding this. Colors look good because they
contrast each other. You wouldn't think of wearing a bright orange shirt with pair of navy plaid pants because the
colors clash with each other. Take a look at some of your parent's grade school pictures and you will see exactly
what I mean. The 1960's and 70's were notorious for color mismatches. Black, white, and grays pretty much contrast
any color and are safe to use as your additional colors. The point is to try to do this as best as you can in designing
your project. Coloring your board a burnt orange, then using blue paper with pink titles is like wearing plaid pants
with an orange shirt. It just doesn't match!

#12 Type It!
We are now in the year 2009 and just about everyone has access to a computer and word processor. If you plan
ahead and I know you are because you are reading this right now, then plan to type every piece of your project. With
the exception of drawings and sketches you should be typing everything! This includes graphs, which can be done
through a spreadsheet program. Imagine a businessman who has to make a presentation at his company board
meeting. He explains to the board members that his printer broke down the night
before and he had to hand write his presentation. Only, the writing is a little hard to read so he asks all the members
to put on their eyeglasses and huddle close together next to his presentation board to see it. My guess is that this guy
will be out of a job the next day! Remember, this page is designed for those who want their projects to be in the
"elite" category. So, on that note, make sure to type everything! You don't want the judges huddling together with
magnifying glasses to see the work you have done because they will have just about as much patience as those board
members.

#13 Get It Straight!
I have always been known as a straight shooter, so...can I be straight with you? When gluing your pieces on your
board, make every effort to make them straight. Now, if your plan is to glue them at different angles, then fine. That
variation can work well and there are many projects where offsetting angles are the intent. But, there are also many
projects where the titles and pieces are intended to be straight and they are crooked! I will simply tell you that if
your intention is to make them straight, then GET IT STRAIGHT!

#14 Catchy Titles
This is a minor thing, but still worth mentioning. Try to find a catchy title. "A Phosphate Worse Than Death"
capitalized on the expression, "A Fate Worse Than Death" and was quite catchy. "The Truth About Paper Towels" is
also interesting. Try to avoid titles that are too long, which can be used in the problem statement instead. Make your
title clear and to the point and if at all possible, make them "catchy". Remember, the title can be in the form of a
statement or a question.

#15 Don't Re-invent The Wheel...
...unless of course, your project is on wheel invention...LOL. No, what I mean is that you don't have to necessarily
find something that has never been done before. You may elect to take a topic you've seen in fairs and do it a
different way. This goes along the lines of what I said in the previous secret. Use the resource links to generate
ideas. Once you find something you like, do it differently or do it better. The winners that were selected from last
year's fair were not chosen because they did something that no one had ever done. They were chosen because of the
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evident work and time they put into it and their ability to apply scientific thought as well as the scientific method.
Most of the projects that won last year demonstrate at least six weeks worth of work. If you try to do this the night
before it's due, you will not be successful. So, the key is to work hard on the topic that you choose and remember
that it is not so important to re-invent the wheel, unless of course your project is on..., oh, forget it, you get it. :-)

#16 SCIENCE COUNTS!
In the end, it all comes down to science. Your ability to apply scientific thought, reasoning, and concepts is what
will inevitably make your science fair project stand out. All winners last year excelled in the area of science and
technology. Your project is not a research paper! You must be able to design and/or build a model or perform an
experiment of some kind and report your results through your project. It must fit into the scientific method in some
way and demonstrate scientific reasoning, inquiry, and concepts. If it doesn't
do this, following all the guidelines above will not help. So, my last bit of advice to you is this...Don't fall into the
trap of doing your project the last second. Don't do this! You must be able to plan ahead especially if you are
planning an experiment that will involve several days. In the end, how well your project is received scientifically by
the judges will weigh heavily because, SCIENCE COUNTS!
The Judges: Who Are They?
They are a bunch of black-cloaked old men and women, who don't like kids, never smile, and come out their caves
once a year to judge science fairs...LOL. Actually, the judges at Region 5 are a group of science professionals that
hail from McNeese State University, the local industries, the Calcasieu Parish School system, the medical
profession, local businesses, and government agencies. They have given up their Saturday (day of judging) to come
out and dedicate their time to our youth and science - and for this we are eternally grateful ! Louisiana Region 5 has
been conducting science fairs for 51 years! Each year we try to
recruit the best people throughout the state to judge the fair. The LR5SEF is an event that features the best science
fair projects from grades 3-12 in a six parish area. Participants compete with other students in their division and
prizes are awarded within each division.
Winning at the Louisiana Region 5 Science & Engineering Fair is a most notable distinction and can be included in
a college application in future years. The judges are all very nice and volunteer countless hours in the field of
science and science education.

Still Have Questions?
Feel free to email me or call me at anytime. I will be happy to answer any questions you might have.
                                  Best of luck in designing your science fair project!




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                                The Oral Presentation
When you decide to be in a science fair, you must consider your presentation as
important as any other part of your project. Practice will make the difference in how well
you present yourself to the judges.

Here is a step-by-step approach to constructing our presentation:

       1. Introduce yourself. "Hello, my name is ____________."
       2. Give the title of your project. "The title of my project is _________."
       3. Explain the purpose of your project. "The purpose of my project is _______."
       4. Tell the judges how you got interested in this topic.
       5. Explain your procedure. 'The procedure that I followed was _________."
       6. Show your results. If you have charts, graphs, or a notebook, show them to the
       judges and explain them. If results are shown on your backboard, point them out.
       7. List your conclusions. Explain what you have proven. If you think that you had
       some problems or error in your experiments, don't be afraid to admit these.
       8. Tell the judges what you might do in the future to continue your
       experimentation. What would you have done differently if you were to do the
       project again?
       9. Of what importance is your project to the world? Explain any applications of
       your study.
       10. "Do you have any questions?" If you do not know the answer to a judge's
       question, then say, "I'm sorry, but I don't know the answer, but I think it is
       ________." Do not "fake" like you truly know an answer when you really don't. If
       a judge is asking a question, then he / she most likely knows the real answer.
       11. Thank the judges.

Other Tips For Presenting
Science fairs limit the amount of time for your presentation. Therefore, it is very important to use
that time well. You will want to impress your judges with your project, your knowledge, and
your enthusiasm. All people are affected in one way or another by the way we look, the way we
talk, and the way we act. Adults are usually impressed with good manners and nice clothes.

       1. Wear your best clothes. Really dress up.
       2. Stand up straight on both feet. Don't sway from foot to foot.
       3. Look straight into the eyes of your judges. Pay attention to each of your judges.
       4. Stand to the side of your exhibit.
       5. Get the judges involved in your project. Let them hold your research paper, notebook,
       or apparatus.
          Point out charts and graphs.
       6. DO NOT CHEW GUM!
       7. Speak loudly enough to be heard by all of your judges. Remember that some of them
       are “old” and
          hard of hearing.
       8. Smile!
       9. Be polite!




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            IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CATHEDRAL SCHOOL
                          SCIENCE FAIR
                      OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM
Please print or type. (Use only one form for each project).

Title of Project___________________________________________________________

Student’s Name________________________________________________________


Discipline Category of Entry:

_____ Animal Sciences           _____ Earth & Planetary       _____ Microbiology
                                      Sciences

_____ Behavioral & Social       _____ Energy &                _____ Physics &
      Sciences                        Transportation                Astronomy

_____ Biochemistry              _____ Engineering             _____ Plant Sciences

_____ Cellular & Molecular      _____ Environmental           _____ Environmental
      Biology                         Sciences                      Management

_____ Chemistry                 _____ Mathematical Sciences

_____ Computer Science          _____ Medicine and
                                      Health Sciences

I have read, understand, and agree to abide by all Science Fair Rules and Regulations. This
project was created and completed by me without direct, significant aid/assistance from anyone
other than my sponsoring teacher.


______________________________               _________________________________
  Student Signature                          Science Teacher’s Signature




                                       DUE
                                  November 8, 2011




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