Science Fair 2012

Willamette Hall on the UO Campus
2012-04-21 18:00:00

UO Science and Invention Fair 2012

. . . and the Winners are:

Grand Prize Winners

James Craig, Camas Ridge Elementary - My Foodball Padding Project

Keb Wold, Buena Vista Elementary - Do Birds Like to Eat by Shrubs or Far Awary from Shrubs

Brian Rogers, Edgewood Elementary - Comparison of Spoken and Sung Pitch

Blaise Luxembourger, Fern Ridge Middle School - Purely Sunshine

 Celeste Smith & Sebastien Sfoge, Ridgeline Middle School - Antifriction Craft

Science Factory Award for Greatest Potential as a Science Museum Exhibit

 Celeste Smith & Sebastien Sfoge,Ridgeline Middle School - Antifriction Craft

Science Factory Award for Most Likely to Gross Out Museum Visitors

Elise Koss, Buena Vista Elementary Teeth and Decay

Category Winners

2nd & 3rd Grade Life Sciences

1st Place - James Craig, Camas Ridge Elementary - My Foodball Padding Project

2nd Place - Jasmin Molina-Carrera & Garbrella Vasquez - Howard Elementary - Bread or Muffin, Which Molds First?

3rd Place - Names Withheld - Howard Elementary - Plant Growth

Honorable Mention - Kaylee May -  Howard Elementary - Bread Mold

2nd & 3rd Grade Physical Sciences

1st Place - Nicole Newton & Chandni Chand, Howard Elementary - Tsunamis

2nd Place - Name Withheld, Howard Elementary - Crystals

3rd Place - Name Withheld, Howard Elementary - How Do Gears Work?

Honorable Mention - Ashley Mora Garcis, Howard Elementary - Volcanoes

4th Grade Life Sciences

1st Place - Keb Wold, Buena Vista Elementary - Do Birds Like to Eat by Shrubs or Far Awary from Shrubs

2nd Place - Diego Chavez, Edgewood Elementary - Operant Conditioning in Chickens

3rd Place - Name Withheld, Buena Vista Elementary - Ant Behavior

Honorable Mention - Quinlin Maxwell, Buena Vista Elementary - Mold Growth in Food

4th Grade Physical Sciences

1st Place - Brian Rogers, Edgewood Elementary - Comparison of Spoken and Sung Pitch

2nd Place - Dhruthi Mandavilli, St. Paul Parish School - Exothermic and Endothermic Reactions

3rd Place - Cole Langan, Buena Vista Elementary - Traveling Rubber Bands

Honorable Mention - Name Withheld, Buena Vista Elementary - Low Tire Pressure is Such a Drag

5th Grade Life Sciences

1st Place - Karlie Roberts, Buena Vista Elementary - Food Safety

2nd Place - Elise Koss, Buena Vista Elementary Teeth and Decay

3rd Place - Thomas Grigsby, Buena Vista Elementary - The Cheese Touch Experiment

Honorable Mention - Name Withheld - Willagillespie Elementary - Don't Judge a Book by It's Cover

5th Grade Physical Sciences

1st Place - Taylor Korth, Buena Vista Elementary - Sink This Ship

2nd Place - Name Withheld, Willagillespie Elementary Static Electricity

3rd Place - Milo Stewart, Buena Vista Elementary - Iron in Cereal

6th, 7th & 8th Grade Life Sciences

1st Place - Blaise Luxembourger, Fern Ridge Middle School - Purely Sunshine

2nd Place - Zoe Notenboom, Cal Young Middle School Do Mice Really Like Cheese?

3rd Place - Malia Labrousse, Ridgeline Middle School - Are Your Hands Clean

Honorable Mention - Kate Gladhart Hayes & Mara Downing, Spencer Butte & Home School - Music and Literature

6th, 7th & 8th Grade Physical Sciences

1st Place - 

Celeste Smith & Sebastien Sfoge, Ridgeline Middle School - Antifriction Craft


2nd Place - Eli Calalang-La Croix, Roosevelt Middle School - The Scientific Way to Win a Nerf Gun Fight

3rd Place - Aleah Calhoon & Megan Reed, Ridgeline Middle School - Bubbling Lamps

Fair Information

The 2012 UO Science and Invention Fair (in cooperation with Eugene Public Schools*) is a chance for children of all ages to develop an enthusiasm for science by designing and carrying out his/her very own experiment.  The fair is open to all Lane County children in grades K-12.  

The fair will be held on the UO Campus April 21st, 2012.  This event is open to the public and family friendly.  It is our goal to make science fun and accessible for all children.  We think of this fair as an introductory event designed to encourage student's interest in science.  To that end, we have sought to make the rules and requirements of this event as simple and straightforward as possible.  

This fair is open to all members of the public.  Even if you are not entering a project, come and have fun learning new things!  Here's a flyer with the details.

Fair Activities & Schedule

Science FairThe fair will feature booths and tables from a number of science outreach programs in the community including SPICE and the Science Factory.  A numbe of demonstrations and activities will take place during the judging and the fair will culminate in an awards presentation and a fun phsyics demonstration.

Information about check in and parking can be found at our Schedule of Events page.


In order to help students develop their ideas and plan their projects, the SPICE program is visiting several area schools to conduct workshops in project development.  SPICE will also host two workshops open to the public on March 11th and March 24th.  Attendees will learn about the scientific method and get a chance to talk with real UO scientists about their project ideas.  Workshops are free to the public.  Space is limited, however, so please RSVP to reserve a spot.  Children under age 14 should be accompanied by an adult.  RSVP to (541) 346-4313

Eugene Public Schools Collaboration*

Teachers in 11 classrooms in Eugene Public Schools are hosting SPICE project development workshops.  Teachers are collaborating with SPICE instructors to provide support to students and families.  Students in these clasrooms are develping individual and group projects for submission to the fair.  Some schools are even holding their own fairs prior to the UO event.  

Workshops cover topics such as the scientific method, choosing a project topic, research questions design, project planning, data anlaysis and project presentation.  

Inquiry projects are complex.  Nururing deep engagement in a project is the intent of the collaboration between SPICE and Eugene teachers.  We hope this event will provide a meaningful experience for all participants.

Registration, Fees & Scholarships

To register for the science fair please fill out a Science Fair Registration Application.  There is a $20 registration fee.  This is the only fee associated with the fair.  The fee includes one free tri-fold presentation for displaying your project.  SPICE wants to ensure that all students who want to are able to participate in the science fair.  For that reason financial hardship scholarships are available.  To request a scholarship simply check the scholarship box on your application form.

SPICE also has a limited number of scholarships available to cover the cost of materials and supplies for student projects.  If you need assistance with supplies, please fill out and submit the Materials and Supplies Scholarship form with your registration.  

Submit the application form and your registration fee (you do not need to submit a fee if you are requesting a scholarship) to:

OCO/SPICE, Science Fair, 1274 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97402 or Fax (541) 346-4315 or email

Registration Deadline - Extended to April 13th

Late registrations will only be accepted with director approval. 

Rules & Guidelines

All projects must represent the sole original work of the author(s).  Plagiarism (representing the ideas of others as your own) is strictly prohibited. Students are encouraged to seek advice and information from others, but they must make all important project decisions and collect and analyze data.  Students may utilize adult assistants in carrying out potentially dangerous or difficult activities.  

Acknowledge all sources. Each presentation must have an aknowledgement section which identifies all source materials (including expert advice and individuals who provided substantive assistance).  Any citation format that provides enough information for fair organizers to locate the original information source is acceptable.

Responsible research conduct. Researchers must behave in an ethical fashion in all aspects of research.  

Human Subjects - If human beings are to be the subject of the project, students must obtain consent prior to the experiment.  If children are to be research subjects the student must obtain prior consent of a parent or guardian prior to the experiment.  Public observations (s

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uch as watching people in the park and recording behavior) do not require prior consent, but it is encouraged.  

Animal Use - If animals are to be used in research, students must design their experiments to ensure that animals are not subject to harm or undue stress. Presentations for projects using animals must include a section on how the project was designed to ensure ethical animal use.   For guidance on proper research animal use please (particularly vertebrate animals) consult ISEF guidelines.  A summary of these guidelines can be found at

Display guidelines. All entries must be displayed on a 36" x 48" cardboard display board.  Display boards are included in your registration (including scholarship registrations).  The final display must stand up without human assistance.  

Samples with loose soil or other spillable materials should be securely sealed.  

Objects and inventions that need power cords require prior approval by the science fair coordinator.  A limited number of powered display spots will be available.  Display portable electronics at your own risk.  Fair coordinators cannot ensure protection against theft.

Items not allowed in the display: spillable liquids, hazardous materials, flames, unsecured glass ware, live animals, fungi, bacteria, deceased specimins with decay, anything potentially spillalbe and moving objects that present a hazard to people or other displays.  Use pictures of these objects instead. Display board

For advice on putting together a display board take a look at this site.  Any questions about displays should be directed to the science fair coordinator.  



Participants will be grouped into categories by grade.  Three students from each category will recieve awards (1st, 2nd & 3rd) which consists of ribbons, gift certificates to the UO bookstore and free passes to the Science Factory.  There will also be awards for honorable mention and special scholarships for the most promising projects.  Scholarships are intended to aid students in entering their projects in more competitive fairs and may use for supplies to expand on or revisit the project and to cover travel and registration costs.


Project Resources

Here are several handouts to get your started with your project.

Stuck on how to choose a project idea?  Try this worksheet for finding an idea based on your interests, or look at this list of projects other people have tried.

Need some help figuring out how to organize your project?  Try this worksheet to help you pick a question and set a timeline.  You can use this science project booklet, to make sure you don't miss any important steps in planning and carrying out your project.

Parents, not sure how to best help your young scientists?  This parent guide provides some helpful tips.

Wondering how to collect and display data?  Take a look at our guide to data tables and the presentation display guidelines

Watch our short video on developing a research question.

Bob and Martha Discuss Research Question Design
by: skipmonkey


Questions should be directed to the science fair coordinator Brandy Todd (541) 346-4313 or

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