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.


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.

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.

Judging Rubrics

Elementary School Judging Rubrics

Middle School Judging Rubrics

Other Fun Science Resources

Fun science activities for kids:

Science Buddies Science Fair Projects:

Everything you ever wanted to know about simple and complex tools:

Super Awesome Rube Goldberg Music Video:

Vaudeville Physics Show:

More Simple Machines Used in Autos with links to other resources:

Information about famous scientists and technology pioneers

Biographies of Women in Science:

Women whose ideas were stolen:

Comic on Why Nikola Tesla was the Greatest Geek Ever (some foul language used):

List of biographies of automobile pioneers: