Dear Parents and Guardians,
Beakers and volcanoes and electromagnets, oh my! The time has once again come for Polaris’ Science Fair. This event is designed to teach children how to really think like a scientist and how to utilize the Scientific Method in their research and development of a science fair project. It is the goal of our school to have every Polaris student participate in this incredible learning opportunity in some way. Kindergarten and 1st grade will conduct various experiments in their classrooms prior to the Science Fair. Their findings will be showcased at the Salute to Student Scientists event. The second grade will introduce students to the Scientific Method and allow children to operate their own inquiry-based projects in a group setting. Students in grades three through five will be required to design their own Science Fair project.
This project is meant to be experimental in nature and centered on the Scientific Method model, not a demonstration. If a student wants to study sports, he or she can fashion experiments to test if height affects a person’s ability to take a jump shot. If a student wants to study the heart, he or she could conduct an experiment how caffeine affects the heart. An example for a child who is interested in aviation is to test the best design of a paper airplane.
We have assembled a packet to help your child in their experimental project. This is merely a guide. If your child wants to veer from this packet, let them. It is their project and we want them to really feel like a scientist conducting experiments. They are to design, conduct and record this experiment on their own and also create a science fair display board, which are on sale now in the front office for $5.00. This display board does not have to look like it has been professionally done; it is okay to let children hand write sections of the display board.
Other Useful Documents and Resources:
- Science Fair Do’s and Donts (pdf)
- Display Layout Guide (pdf)
- Literature Cited Guide (excel)
Check with your student’s teacher for due dates.
On Tuesday, December 13th, from 6:00-7:30, we will have our annual Salute to Student Scientists event to celebrate all of the work that the students have created. Students are expected to stand by their science fair boards and share their scientific findings during the following times: 6-6:30 PM (3rd Grade), 6:30-7:00 PM (4th Grade), 7-7:30 PM (5th Grade). For more information on science fair guidelines, please visit http://curriculum.dpsk12.org/math_science/science/fair/index.shtml.
More information will be forthcoming from your child’s homeroom teacher. Good luck and have fun experimenting!
Vickie Swift and Ian Hodges