For independent homeschoolers, our local science fair season begins with the annual workshop at the Private School Unified Science District (PSUSD) in August. PSUSD is open to privately homeschooled K-12th grade students residing in the counties of Riverside, Inyo, Mono and San Bernardino (RIMS). PSUSD includes K-4th graders to participate so they can become accustomed to presenting a project. Judging is designed to be encouraging and informative.
The following are related to our local science fair in chronological order:
- PSUSD workshop (Romoland). This optional event is usually held on the last Tuesday of August. Whether you can attend this workshop or not contact PSUSD. visit http://psusd.unpatented.com.
- Science Fair Expo (Riverside). This optional event is usually held in October For details, visit http://www.sbcss.k12.ca.us/index.php/education-support-services/curriculum-instruction-and-academic-enrichment/student-events-and-academic-competitions/rims-science-and-engineering-fair.
- PSUSD Science and Engineering Fair (Corona). This is usually on the first Thursday of February. For directions this event, visit http://icapclasses.com. High-scoring 5th through 12th grade projects are invited to compete at the RIMS.
- RIMS Science and Engineering Fair (San Bernardino). This usually occurs in March or April. For details, visit http://www.sbcss.k12.ca.us/ess/rimsSciEngr.php. High-scoring 6th through 12th grade projects are invited to compete at State.
- California State Science Fair (Los Angeles). This usually occurs in April or May. For details, visit http://www.usc.edu/CSSF. Winners are announce at the end of August. Some winning projects are invited to Washington, DC.
For more science fairs, visit https://hemetsonshine.wordpress.com/sales-events/events-calendars.
VIDEOS OF OR ABOUT THE SCIENCE FAIR PROCESS
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEXMB5wsl0w – Scientific Method Song – Mr. Edmonds – To the tune of “Bend Me, Shape Me”
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=lgiVQ6u-dSg&feature=endscreen – Guide to a Successful Science Fair by Steve Spangler
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LeoVj4xVCg&NR=1&feature=endscreen – Science Fair – A tour of a science fair by the science fair director by taosdiary
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSshiwIyFo8 – Feb 10, 2008 – Preparing for Science Fairs – Part 1 – Introduction by ScienceFairInfo of Canada
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9HFADb0Obk – What is a good experiment for a science fair project by couldyoulivegreen
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAXv9TWDIqw – grmiller76 – How to display your science projects in limited space – A gallery of presentation boards
You can make your own project board. A typical tri-fold design opens to 36″ x 48″ the panel sides are 12″x36″ and the middle is 24″x36″. You can a have a larger project board but make sure to read the RIMS rules to to be sure your board is within their standards.
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mccMlFEEar4 – How to Design a Winning School Project Board using Elmer’s Products
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m02leV4gxgE&feature=fvwp&NR=1 – PosterPresentations – Overview-How to design a poster presentation –
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYOPbQlBVKM – What Makes a Good Research Poster – This video is designed to help consultants prepare to give the Research Poster Classroom Workshop. The video offers examples of good and bad research poster design. Enjoy! The example BEST example is at the end.
- https://www.schooloutfitters.com/catalog/product_info/pfam_id/PFAM32034/products_id/PRO43307?sc_cid=Amazon_NOR-30042-A – White Corrugated Project Boards – Pack of 24 – $46.99 – Width: 48″ x Height: 36″
- http://www.elmers.com/about/special-offers – discounts
- http://www.superiordisplayboards.com/catalog/foamtastic-glowboard-tri-fold-display-board/36-x-48—foam-white-tri-fold-display-board—18-boards–box-52.html – 36 x 48 – Foam White Tri Fold Display Board – (18 Boards / Box)
WRITING A SCIENCE REPORT
- sciencefair.math.iit.edu/writing – A third of the judge’s score for a science fair project will be given based on the quality of your paper. Here you will find some useful guides for doing research, writing a report, and referencing sources.
- http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_research_paper.shtml – Writing a Research Paper for Your Science Fair Project
- http://www.hometrainingtools.com/writing-science-report/a/1380 – Writing a Science Report
- http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_mla_works_cited_examples.shtml – Sample Bibliography: MLA Works Cited Format
- For the bibliography, see WRITER’S REFERENCE under MY REFERENCE DESK.
- For graphs and charts, see MATHS filed under LEARNING LINKS.
ARTICLES ABOUT THE SCIENCE FAIR
- http://www.sciencebuddies.org – This is the best site for understanding what is expected in a science fair project. The Scientific Method is thoroughly explained.
- http://www.sciencebuddies.org/engineering-design-process/engineering-design-process-steps.shtml – Some of the Engineering Design instructions are is mixed with instructions for the scientific method. I found this confusing so I have more information on the engineering design posted in ENGINEERING DESIGN under SCIENCE which is under SCIENCE FAIR.
- http://www.science-fair-forum.blogspot.com –
- http://www.projects.juliantrubin.com/science_fair_project –
- http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=471521189534855&id=105590656146783&comment_id=5943420&ref=notif¬if_t=share_reply – help – Science Fair Projects
- http://www.nefrsef.org/students/bibliography.html –
- http://sciencefair.math.iit.edu/presentation/outline – presenting their science fair project to judges
- http://www.ipl.org/div/projectguide/toolsNresearch.html – science fair project resource guide
- http://www.qacps.k12.md.us/cms/teachers/SCI/fair/fairhom5.htm – How to develop a science fair project