Science Fair Resources for Parents and Educators
There are a host of web sites about science fairs. Here are a few that we have found helpful.
- Science Buddies Science Fair Projects: http://www.sciencebuddies.org/
- Education.com Science Fair Project Ideas: http://www.education.com/science-fair/
- Cool Science Projects: http://www.cool-science-projects.com/Science-Fair-Project-Ideas.html
- And even more Project Ideas: http://www.ipl.org/div/projectguide/choosingatopic.html
- Advice for putting together a Display Board: http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_display_board.shtml
- Free PowerPoint Templates for Project Posters: http://www.posterpresentations.com/html/free_poster_templates.html
Worksheets and Packets
In addition to these sites, SPICE has developed the follwing handouts and worksheets:
My Science Project Booklet - This booklet provides a serise of worksheets for developing and tracking your science project. This booklet was developed by Allison Kreider and Kim Kelsay of Howard Elementary in Eugene, Oregon.
Project Ideas by Subject and Time to complete - From simple project that can bee compled in a weekend to lengthy projects involving plant development, this list has 60+ ideas to get your started on your project.
Choosing a Science Fair Project - This worksheet will help you take your interests and turn them into testable science questions.
Project Planning - Figure out how long it will take to complete your project with this worksheet.
Parent Guide to Science Projects - How can you help yor child succeed without taking over their project. This guide gives advice for your role in your child's project.
Guide to Making Tables for Data Collection - How can you display your data in a manner everyone will understand? Try a data table. This sheet provides examples of how to format your data table.
Display Guide - What you should (and should not) include in your project display.
Chart of Scientific Method - A color coded graphic of all the steps of the scientific method
Parent Letter for Teachers - You can use this draft letter to inform parents about the SPICE Science Workshops
Science Project Homework Packet - This packet developed by Patrick McIlrath at Willagillespie Elementary is a great foundation for managing projects in your classroom. It includes clear instructions, a table of deadlines, clear homework assignments and guidance for parents.
Science Project Poster Printing
SPICE can print full color 36" x 48" posters for $25 each. Posters must be submitted to the fair organizer by May 13th for printing. firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Fun Science Resources
Fun science activities for kids: http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/experiments.html
Science Buddies Science Fair Projects: http://www.sciencebuddies.org/
Everything you wanted to know about simple and complex tools: http://www.mos.org/sln/Leonardo/InventorsToolbox.html
Super awesome Rube Goldberg Music Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qybUFnY7Y8w
Simple Machines Used in Autos: http://www.directfitautoparts.com/simple-machines-used-in-autos.html
More Simple Machines Used in Autos with links to other resrouces: https://www.kanetix.ca/simple-machines-in-cars
Information about famous scientists and technology pioneers
Biographies of Women in Science: http://www.eiu.edu/~wism/about_biographies.php
Women who's ideas were stolen: http://www.theguardian.com/science/2010/nov/21/royal-society-lost-women-scientists
Comic on Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest Geek Ever (some foul language used): http://theoatmeal.com/comics/tesla
List of biographies of automobile pioneers: http://www.automotivetouchup.com/touch-up-paint/henry-ford-and-other-automotive-pioneers