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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Science Fair Info

DCHSA First Annual Science Fair - general information
contact: board representative Lauren Mulford lauren.mulford @gmail.com

What is a Science Fair?
A science fair is an opportunity for students to apply the scientific method to conduct independent research. 

Who can participate?
Any student (inside or outside Denton county) currently homeschooled from Kindergarten through high school senior. We will divide the awards and prizes into three age groups: 5-9, 10-13, 14-18 

How much does the fair cost to participate?
The cost is $5 per family for DCHSA members and $15 for non-members. There is no cost for each additional child participating. All proceeds will go back directly into the science fair.

Where will the science fair be held?
Once I know how many, roughly, intend to participate I will be able to secure a location. Most likely it will be a meeting room at one of the Denton Library branches. I am open to any suggestions you may have.

When will the science fair take place?
Saturday February 13 at 10am and will end depending on how many students participate anywhere between 12 and 4pm. Sign up so we can gauge this accurately.

How does a science fair work? What is expected of students, parents? 
Select an appropriate age group. Come up with an idea for a simple, provable, experiment (ie a 5 year old is not expected to have scientific knowledge about carbon dating, but can be expected to figure out how colors mix). Go through the scientific method (see next page). Create a trifold presentation (an example is included in the link labeled “Example guide for students”) and bring it at the designated time of the science fair. Come and go until the judging is complete. Come back to pick up your award and presentation. How long the science fair lasts depends on the number of participants. 
Everyone will receive something because I want the focus to be on science and not an unnecessarily competitive atmosphere. No one should be nervous but rather proud of completing a science experiment. The goal is to appreciate science, not to “win”. But there will be a winner so to give some incentive for trying hard. 

How will the judging be done?
I’ve asked for local volunteers to come participate with us and I invite parents to be judges in the age group that their child is NOT in. The template that we will follow is on the following page. 

What about cheating?
Sadly, yes, there’s always someone who cheats. It IS appropriate to help your student, especially the young ones. It IS appropriate to make suggestions and corrections. It is NOT appropriate to take over - your student should be able to answer questions on the experiment. This is such a low key event that cheating shouldn’t be too much of an issue. 

What awards are there?
Depending on what sponsors we gain, I hope we will have award medals and possibly prizes from local vendors. 

How many volunteers? What do they do?
Depending on number of participants. Judges, “security”, set-up/clean-up, sponsor calls. Let me know where you would like to volunteer.


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