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Science Fair Instructions

Updated on December 5, 2016 at 9:33

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Science Fair Grade Categories

  • Junior primary - PR to Grade 2 (non-competitive)
  • Primary - Grades 3 to 5
  • Junior - Grades 6 to 8
  • Intermediate- Grades 9 and 10
  • Senior - Grades 11 and 12

  • Rules:

    1. Two students from different classes can make group if their teacher agrees.

    2. Groups can include a maximum of two students.

    3. Any experiment involving biological or chemical substances, electrical components or manipulations posing a risk to the experimenter or the environment must undergo a risk assessment and be approved by your school science teacher.

    4. Projects requiring the active participation of human subjects, including surveys, observations and behavioural studies, are permitted if and only if they are conducted under the supervision of your school science teacher and the human consent forms have been filled out by all participants.

    5. Any project that contains any type of plagiarism, falsification, counterfeiting, and omission of quotes or other fraudulent content will be disqualified. Moreover, students will have to re-do the entire project in the success room after school. if it is mandatory for them to do the project. Additionally, student will receive no credit for the plagiarized project

    6. All sources of information consulted for the project must be credited in the written report, including in the bibliography.

    All participants must:

    1. Complete a project proposal form and have it approved by his/her school science teacher before                                    

    2. Complete a risk-assessment form and have it approved by his/her school science teacher before                                    

    3. Complete a project report, which will be marked by the students' science teacher.

    4. Complete a project display board and present it at the school science fair. If human consent forms were used, these should be included, as well as a notebook/computer record of the data collection for the experiment.


    1. Experiment
    2. In this type of project you ask a question, construct a hypothesis, test your hypothesis using an experiment and draw conclusions from your experiment. At least one independent variable will be manipulated, while the others are all controlled. Data should include graphs and charts which will be extensively analyzed.

      The best experimental projects involve ORIGINAL experimental research - answer a question that you DO NOT already know the answer to!

    3. Innovation
    4. In this type of project, you develop, create, and evaluate new devices, models, theorems, physical theories, techniques or methods in technology, engineering, computing, natural science or social science. INVENT a way to do something better or cheaper or something that will save the world, then evaluate how we will benefit from it, how it advances our knowledge, and/or has an economic benefit.

    5. Study (*we highly suggest that younger students AVOID this project, as many assume it is a RESEARCH PROJECT! It is NOT! It is an ANALYSIS PROJECT and there are a lot of CALCULATIONS INVOLVED!)
    6. In this type of project you do extensive research on a topic, write a research paper and do a visual of the main points of what you found in your research. The analysis (and you might even collect the data yourself) of the data should be extensive, and will include many graphs and charts. The studies might involve animal (including humans) subjects and behaviours, biology field studies, data mining, observation and pattern recognition in physical and/or socio-behavioural data.


    Requirements of a Science Fair Project:

    There are TWO main parts of your science fair project:

    1. THE PROJECT DISPLAY BOARD
    2. THE PROJECT REPORT


    I.The Project Display Board

    EVERYTHING on your display board should be neat, TYPED on a computer, and free of grammatical errors.

    Don't include so much text that it will be impossible for the judges to read it all - if you have a lot of text, consider putting it in a separate notebook (which your teacher will refer to when they are marking your science fair project).


    1. Title
    2. A good title should simply and accurately present the research, and might mention the variables being studied.


    3. Question
    4. What is your goal for your project? (What was your question?)


    5. Background Information
    6. This should be written in paragraph format and in YOUR OWN WORDS. The major points to be included in the introduction are as follows:


    7. Hypothesis
    8. Written using an "if...then...because..." statement.


    9. Materials
    10. A specific point form list of all the materials that were used, including the sizes, amounts and/or brands of materials used.


    11. Procedure
    12. Results
    13. Proper presentation of the data allows the readers to see more easily how you arrived at your conclusion. The data included should be the averages of all trials. Raw data should be included in the project report. Judges will be looking for accurate and appropriate statistics and graphs, charts, etc.

    14. Discussion & Conclusion - the MOST IMPORTANT PART!
    15. Written in your own words, the conclusion summarizes what was done in the experiment. It can be longer than one paragraph, but should:


    16. Bibliography
    17. Acknowledgements (optional)




    II.The Project Report

    For your report you need to have all the sections for your project display board TYPED in a font size 12 written report.  This needs to be placed in a folder.
    The project report should also have:


    What else should you include?

    Any good scientist knows that the key to performing a good experiment is to carefully plan the experiment, and then to record all the data in a notebook/computer so that the information can be easily referred to later.

    A good science fair project will have a notebook or computer record of the experiment, which will include:

    This notebook is not the "good copy" of the experiment, so the judges are not looking for neatness. Instead, the notebook is your PROOF that you actually did the experiment - it shows that you didn't just copy it from the internet somewhere.

    Science Fair Ideas

    Some great web-pages to get some ideas are:

    1. Science Buddies:
      http://www.sciencebuddies.org/

    2. Science Fair Projects and Ideas:
      http://www.juliantrubin.com/fairprojects.html

    3. High School Science Fair Project Ideas:
      http://chemistry.about.com/od/sciencefairprojects/a/sciprohigh.htm

    4. Canada Wide Science Fair:
      http://cwsf.youthscience.ca/

    5. Google Science Fair:
      http://www.google.com/events/sciencefair/