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Science Fair

Congratulations to the District Science Fair winners from Condor! 


Students are required this year to have the following portions included on their project display:  

Title, Question, Hypothesis, Research, Materials, Procedure, Experiment, Conclusion,
and Next Question.  

Additionally, students will need to keep a journal documenting every step in their project and have it present with their project display.

Please do not write student's names on the front of the projects.  Also, if you wish to include photos of the experiments, please exclude faces of project participants. 

What is the Scientific Method?

The Scientific Method is a way of working on a problem using a series of related steps. 

Step One:  Identify and state the problem - usually as a QUESTION - and the purpose of the investigation.

Step Two:  RESEARCH the question.  Find out what is known about the problem from reading and by talking with experts.

Step Three:  Form a HYPOTHESIS.  Write a statement expressing your opinion about the question.

Step Four:  Plan an EXPERIMENT that will test your hypothesis.  Your experiment should contrast a control group or situation with a test group or situation.  Describe how you will do your experiment (your METHOD).  List your MATERIALS.  The order in which you do your experiment is called your protocol.

Step Five:  Do the experiment.  Record all your information, observations, measurements, charts, and graphs in a journal.  Display your DATA as graphs, histograms, or charts.

Step Six:  State your CONCLUSION.  Tell what happened in the experiment, whether or not your experiment proved or disproved your hypothesis.  Your experiment does not have to prove it correct or true!  Did your experiment suggest some other experiment to be tried?

How To Communicate Your Project

Part One:  The Problem, Your Plan, and the Experiment. 
This is all the work that you do to investigate your question.  This is a measure of your thinking.  This is what the judges want to find out about.  This is what you communicate about.

Part Two:  The Written Record
You must include a journal containing an explanation of the problem and all records of your experiment.  Careful record keeping is considered the mark of a good scientist.  The judges will carefully examine your notebook.

Part Three:  The Display
Your display should show an understanding and an application of the Scientific Method.  If you use a three-panel display, the steps of the method may be read on the panels, from top to bottom, from left to right, with a statement of the problem at the top left, and the conclusion at the bottom of the right panel.


Visit the EVENTS section
of the website to see pictures from the science fair!  

What is a Science Project?

A science project is an active "fun" approach to science - something you do rather than something you read about or watch someone else do.

A science project is an investigation of a question about a science topic that interests you.  The difference between this kind of project and other ways of working on a problem is the use of a systematic plan called the Scientific Method.

Why Should You Participate?

Participating in the science fair means you have the opportunity to:

* Develop and display a science project of your choice.
* Share your creative abilities, knowledge, and interests with others.
* Meet and talk with scientists in your field of interest.
* Be recognized and feel satisfaction for a job well done.
* Compete for awards (certificates, scholarships, ribbons, trophies, medals, cash prizes).