2021 FWAHS Science Fair
This year’s Science Fair will be held Saturday, February 6 at the ACPL Main Library. We are working to create a plan for the science fair that will enable us to maintain social distancing and avoid large groups. For this reason, if we have a large number of students, we may need to schedule specific time slots for projects, enabling each student to be present for a short time. Furthermore, we request that families attempt to minimize the number of members waiting who are not participating in the fair. Unfortunately, we also feel that it is necessary to cancel the Expo portion of the fair and the award ceremony which usually follows the fair. There will be an alternate plan for awards as we get closer to the date.
Students in grades K-12 may enter the fair. There is a $5 registration fee per family, and families do need to be Homemade News subscribers. Each student will be given 48” of table space. Students will remain at the table with their project, and should be prepared to answer questions about their project. Students may work in groups; however, science fair group projects must contain only students from the same grade level.
Projects for the Science Fair should be of an experimental nature, using the scientific method. The projects should be completed by the student with adult supervision. The projects must have a title and include the following sections: introduction, question, hypothesis, methods or procedure, results, and discussion. Be sure that there is a clearly defined question and hypothesis; that results are reported as objective, measurable data; and that there is a large sample size. A freestanding 3-part poster is the heart of this kind of project. First place winners in grades 4-12, will represent FWAHS at the Northeast Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair (NEIRSEF). Because of COVID related concerns, the regional fair will be completely virtual this year. A tentative date for regionals has been set for March 20.
All Senior division students (9th-12th grade) MUST register on the state website SEFI.org and receive pre-approval before starting experimentation. Any student in 4th-8th grade planning a project involving human participants must contact fair coordinator, Shae Maurer, before beginning experimentation. Students experimenting with vertebrate animals must have their experiment approved by a veterinarian or other animal care specialist. No student should do an experiment involving bacteria unless in the Sr. division and under supervision. Students who break these rules will not be eligible to qualify for the regional fair.
Judges are an integral part of the fair and are always needed. Interested persons should hold a four year degree in a science, engineering, teaching or math field (or be pursuing such a degree). Approximately 2-3 hours of their time is needed on the day of the fair. Parents with students in the fair can still be judges (you will not be judging your own student). If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Shae Maurer at 402-4013 or email@example.com.
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