Bresnahan Science Fair 2014

SCIENCE ROCKS!
Who?
The science fair will be open to all interested 2nd and 3rd graders at the Bresnahan. You can work solo or with a partner. We can even accommodate groups of 3 or 4, as we believe working together in groups promotes cooperative learning and teamwork.
 What? 
The Science Fair is a PTO-sponsored event that encourages students to let their curiosity soar while applying the Scientific Method to help find the answers to their amazing questions. There is no cost to register. The only requirement is a scientific question for each project.
When? 
 The Science Fair will be held on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014. It will be open to the students and their teachers during the day (8:45 -11am) and will be open to parents that evening (6:30 to 7:30 pm).
Where?
The Science Fair will be held at the Bresnahan School, in the gymnasium and in the cafeteria.
Why?
 A Science Fair provides a fun and exciting venue for students to explore their world. In doing so, they learn that each of them is uniquely capable of making astounding discoveries and fantastic experiments!
How?
Ask a Scientific Question and answer that question by completing an Experimentation, Demonstration, or Collection/Classification Science Fair project.
 
Schedule:
January 23rd: Science Fair Kick Off:  Mad Science Up, Up, and Away show (during school hours (9:30am, 10:30am,12:30am). 
January 23rd:
1.  Science Fair registration information sent home in 2nd and 3rd grader's folders.
2.  Online registration Opens.
February 7th  logo contest closes.
March 2nd  extended registration closes. PLEASE SIGN UP GROUPS UNDER THE SAME REGISTRATION NUMBER. SEE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW, email jeanne@lightne.com with any questions.
March 10th, 2013 Display Boards will be handed out from 3:30 PM to 5:45 PM (building closes at 6pm) at the Bresnahan School . You must bring your completed Science Fair Materials list or have written your materials in your online project description to receive your board.
April 2nd, 2014 Science Fair Display Set-up in the Bresnahan Front Lobby to set up their projects and pick up their Science Rocks T-shirts:

GRADE 3:  5:45 to 6:45 PM

GRADE 2: 6:45 to 7:45PM

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 Day of the Science Fair: Bresnahan students only will view the fair: 8:45am - 11am and 
students will be dismissed and come back for the
 

FAMILY  viewing: For safety reasons we have to divide group in to two sessions:

 

 

5:30-6:15 odd project numbers  (project numbers, not registration number)
 

6:45-7:30 even project numbers (project numbers, not registration number)

Please attend during your assigned session. Pack up and take all items with you after your session is over.

 

 
 

QUICK TIPS for 2014:

1. There will be ONLINE registration only this year. NO additonal signature pages will be required (new this year). We still do require each group to inform us of the materials they will be bringing the day of the fair on the additional Materials Page (or blank piece of paper). The group can write their materials list in the online project description area OR present a materials page to us at display board pick up.

2. Please remember no hazardous or potential allergens are allowed at the fair. One item that is commonly used in science fair projects but is not allowed to be brought to school is latex (the school is latex-free). Sorry, NO LATEX BALLOONS ALLOWED the day of the fair. Please read rules and regulations below for complete information.

3.  If you have any questions or concerns about the Science Fair please contact:  jeanne@lightne.com or heatherchansen@gmail.com. Please make sure we know of any unusual projects that may require accomodations or additional space. Thanks in advance.

What is a Scientific Question?
Questions that start with “Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How” are going to be great questions.
 
·         Why does a hockey puck travel faster on ice than on my driveway?
·         How do batteries work?
·         How do beavers build dams?
·         Can all clouds make rain?
·         How does the food I eat affect my overall health?
·         When I text my friend, how does my text magically appear on their screen?
·         What causes thunder and lighting?
·         How do penguins stay warm?
·         How does temperature affect the seeds I am growing?
·         Why do earthquakes happen?
 
 
Answering a Scientific Question….
The only requirement for the fair is to select a Scientific Question. Once you have the scientific question, it is time for you to find the answer! You can answer a Scientific Question by doing 3 different types of Science Fair projects.
 
1.       Collection/Classification: A student chooses a question such as “What are some different types of common crystals?” will do a Collection/Classification Science Fair project.
2.        Demonstration: A student chooses a question such as “How Do Frogs Grow?” will do a Demonstration project.
3.       Experimentation: A student chooses a question such as “Can I make a battery using common household items?” will do an Experimentation Science Fair project. If you choose to do this type of project, please follow the Scientific Method.
 
What is the Scientific Method (SM)?
  
The SM is a concrete step-by-step process that will help our Junior Scientists ask and answer an Experimentation Scientific Question.
Here are the 6 steps of the SM. If a student chooses to do an Experimentation Science Fair Project, they will be expected to follow all six steps. We are hoping that many of our students; especially our veteran 3rd graders, will tackle this challenge.
1.       Ask a Scientific question.
2.       Do background research.
3.       Construct a hypothesis.
4.       Test their hypothesis by doing an experiment.
5.       Analyze their data.
6.       Conclude whether their hypothesis was correct or incorrect.
 
Sample Science Fair Projects
 
Below you will find examples of three types of Science Fair Projects with step-by-step instructions. We hope you check this section often to help ensure your child’s project stays on track!
 
Remember, your child needs to take notes on all information/research/data related to the Science Fair project and save it in a folder. Great scientists keep great records.
 
Sample 1 – A Collection/Classification Science Fair Project
Megan loves collecting crystals! She is fascinated about them and has quite a collection. She wants to display her collection while demonstrating that she has learned something new about them. She decides to ask the question, “What are some common crystals?” Megan will take the following steps to complete her project:
1.       Read books about crystals.
2.        Find some interesting photographs of crystals or draw some formations herself.
3.       Complete her collection so that she has both a polished and rough specimen of each crystal. This will let her ask students to try and pair up the matching crystals.
4.       Provide general information about each crystal. .
 
Sample 2- Experimentation Science Fair Project
Alexander is really curious about how batteries work. After doing some initial research, he decides to do an Experimentation Science Fair Project– one that requires an experiment and one that expects him to follow all six steps of the SM.
1.       Alexander asks the question, “Can I create my own battery?”
2.       He researches the components of a battery and learns all about positive electrons, negative electrons, circuits, current and flow.
3.        He creates a hypothesis. In this case, he hypothesizes that he can create a battery using lemons, zinc, copper and wires.
4.       To test his hypothesis, he sets up an experiment using the materials he’s already submitted to the SCIENCE FAIR committee. In this case, copper metal, zinc metal, wires, alligator clips, lemons and a small LED.
5.       Alexander’s initial experiment fails. He analyzes his experiment and his research and decides that he used insufficient zinc and copper. After adding more, he lights the LED.
6.        Alexander concludes that his hypothesis was correct and demonstrates how to create your own battery.
 
Sample 3- A Demonstration Science Fair Project
Olivia loves Nature! She loves frogs and thinks their life cycle is fascinating. She thinks other children would be interested in frogs too. She decides to ask the questions, How Do Frogs Grow?” Olivia will take the following steps to complete her project:
1.       Read books about a frog’s life cycle.
2.       Grow some frogs in a tank.
3.       Photograph or draw pictures of the frogs as they grow.
4.       Record how many days it takes for the frogs to complete each life cycle.
5.       Grow more frogs in different tanks so at that she can have frogs at each part of their life cycle for the Science Fair.

 

Rules and Regulations
For the safety of all students, faculty and volunteers, there are rules and regulations that all students and their parents must follow. The fair will be attended by all the children in the school so we must limit items that could be potentially harmful.
 
Students who wish to participate in the Science Fair must register by February 28th 2014.
 
Students must ask a Scientific Question and answer their question using the guidelines and/or Scientific Method outlined above.
 
For safety reasons, there are certain items that will not be permitted. Please modify your project if it will contain: 1. foul smelling; 2. extremely loud sounds; 3.require a hot plate and/or boiling water; 4. contain dangerous chemicals; 5. require the use of dangerous machinery or tools; 6. contain materials that are potential allergens; or 7. contain any type of explosion 8. fog machines 9. latex.
 
Students wishing to make a change to their Science Fair question and/or list of materials must inform us prior to the science fair.
 
Students may not bring live insects or animals to the Science Fair.
 
Students will not be able to hand out any type of samples or prizes.
 
Students must wear their “Science Fair” T-shirts to school on the day of the Science Fair. You will be able to select your child's size in the registration screen: xs:4, s:6/8, m:10/12, l: 14/16, xl: 18/20
  
How to Label Your Child’s Display Board:
Please have your child write their question (in large letters) across the display board header. Please have them also put their name, teacher’s name, and grade in the corners of the header. The order does not matter, we just need the information. How they decorate the rest is entirely up to their creative selves!
 
Science Fair: Folders, Journals and Display Boards
Each student should keep notes on their observations, research, and findings. The Science Fair display boards will be ordered for each project and will be available for pick up on March 11th, 2013 at the Bresnahan School. One board for each project will be provided at no cost to participants.
Registration Instructions:
Q. Can I register my child if they do not know their question?
A. Yes, but please make sure to finish registration (including Scientific Question) by the February 28th deadline. If the question or any information changes after the deadline please inform Science Fair committee as all Science Fair materials to be given the day of fair will need to be updated by the committee for that project.  
Q. Does my child need to know whether they are working alone or as part of a group before registering?
A. Yes. If your child is doing a project solo, you can complete the registration form online.  However, if your child has decided to work in a group, the group must choose one person to register the project online, and pass along the SAME Registration number between the parents as to allow all parents to fill in required information on the same project registration form. This will insure that you are identified as a team and not separate solo projects.  (Hint: Do not generate a new registration number)  
Q. What is the last date my child can change their Science Fair question and/or list of materials?
A. Please try to adhere to the Feb.28th deadline, but we understand changes may need to be made to a group or project.  If so, please contact the Science Fair Committee of these changes as soon as you can. We produce materials for the participants and we need to also make sure new projects meet safety standards. 
 Q. Do I need a unique email address for each child I register?
A. Yes.  Our primary method of communication will be email, so please register your child using an email account you check regularly – preferably your own. If you do not have access to an email account please send a note via school folder to: Science Fair Committee and we will respond in writing via same folder
Q. How do I find out my Project Registration Number?
A. When you go to the Bresnahan sfiab website, and login, you will be prompted to enter your email address.  Then the website, in turn, sends you a project registration number (check your junk folder). Return to the Bresnahan sfiab website and login as a Particpant, and enter the project number. Then you will be prompted to complete student information, and go through all components of the registraiton online. Please remember that all group members must use the same registration number or the computer will not recognize you as a group.  
Q. How are group projects registered?  
 
A. The multi-student projects are registered as a SINGLE PROJECT.  ON THE VERY TOP OF THE FIRST STUDENT REGISTRATION PAGE TOGGLE THE AMOUNT OF CHILDREN IN THE GROUP  (1 - 4) TO CREATE SPACES FOR THE GROUP.  THIS CREATES A GROUP REGISTRATION AND ALLOWS THE CHILDREN TO BE ASSIGNED TO THE SAME SPACE AT THE FAIR. IF YOU DO NOT DO THIS THE CHILDREN WILL NOT BE RECOGNIZED AS A GROUP. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE EMAIL jeanne@lightne.com.
The way it works is that ONE parent of the group agrees to be the Primary Parent who initiates the group's registration with their email address.  That parent needs to collect all of the email addresses of the other students' (parents), and enter them. That's the minimum.  Once the initiating parent gets the project registration number, they need to communicate that exact project registration number to the other parents.  Then the other parents can log on from their own computers, using the project number (do not generate a new project number it must be the original), and the system will recognize their email address, so they can go ahead and enter their child's emergency contact info and t-shirt size, etc.  But there will be only one project description completed for the group project, and only one materials list, so those are things the Primary Parent enters for the group. 
 
Q. How are Signature Pages handled for group projects? How are Materials Pages handled?
A: New for 2014, NO signature pages are required and will not be collected this year. Materials can be identified on the "project summary page" online if room allows after your description. We also will accept one materials page (all items brought in to school day of the fair) at display board pick up. 
 
Q. How do I complete the field labeled: "Teacher Name" on the Student Information page? Is it first name and last name? Is it prefix (Mr., Ms., Miss or Mrs., plus last name?  Or is it just the teacher's last name only?
 
A. Please complete the response to "Teacher Name" as Last Name only, with no prefix, and no first name. This enables the Science Fair Committee to run alphabetized reports of projects by teacher name, and those lists are used several ways for the duration of the Fair.  If the format for teacher name is different, it just makes more work for the Science Fair Committee to manually edit the field before printing the lists.
In the future, there may be a drop-down menu, with teacher names to choose from, in an updated version of this sfiab software, currently in development.
Contact Us:
Heather Hansen - heatherchansen@gmail.com (To volunteer)
Jeanne Pomeroy –  jeanne@lightne.com (registration questions/problems)