Lacy Elementary Science Fair
January 25-26, 2012

Attention Lacy Scientists!
Pull out your goggles, lab books, rulers, stopwatches, beakers and thermometers. All students are invited to perform an experiment and present their results in a tabletop display at the Lacy Science Fair.

This year’s science fair will be a little earlier then usual so that the winners in grades 3-5 will be able to represent the Lacy Lions at the regional science fair in February and hopefully the North Carolina State Science & Engineering Fair (NCSEF) in March. This means there will be some changes in the rules and paperwork for participants.

The deadline for registering for the Lacy Science Fair is
December 16, 2011.

If you have any questions about the information below, do not hesitate to contact the Lacy Science Fair Director – Beth Harris – at lacysciencefair@gmail.com or 919-561-3612.

Grades K-2
Grades 3-5
Project Rules and Guidelines (Grades 3-5 only)
Display Regulations
Tentative Agenda
FAQ

Grades K-2

Students in grades K to 2 are encouraged to participate in the fair but will not be judged. Students in these grades will receive participation ribbons. Second grade students will receive a feedback form from judges so that they will be ready to present prize-winning projects next year.

Only experimental research projects may be submitted.

Students in all grades are welcome to work in groups. No more then 3 students may work together.

Absolutely NO PROJECTS INVOLVING MICROORGANISMS ARE ALLOWED. This includes mold, bacteria, fungi and parasites. If you are not sure if your project involves these, contact the Fair Director.

DOWNLOAD a Registration Form (pdf) and the K-2 Science Fair Rules (pdf). The registration deadline is December 16, 2011.

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Grades 3-5

Students in grade 3 to 5 are invited to submit experimental research projects only, for competition in the Lacy Science Fair.

Because these students are eligible to progress on to regional competition all students must complete the forms required by the regional and state fairs. Most of these forms must be completed BEFORE you begin your project. All of these forms are due by DECEMBER 16, 2011.

DOWNLOAD a summary of the 3-5 Rules and Guidelines (pdf)

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Rules & Guidelines

DOWNLOAD a summary of the 3-5 Rules and Guidelines (pdf)

All projects will be reviewed by the Safety Review Committee before judging. If your project or display does not follow all of the rules listed here and on the NCSEF web site, your project will be disqualified and your exhibit will not be judged.

Absolutely NO PROJECTS INVOLVING MICROORGANISMS ARE ALLOWED. This includes mold, bacteria, fungi and parasites. If you are not sure if your project involves these, contact the Fair Director.

Students at all grades are welcome to work in groups. No more then 3 students may work together.

All grade 3-5 students must complete and submit the following forms BEFORE starting a project:

Additional forms may also be required depending on the nature of your project. Common situations that require additional forms are projects involving:

To be absolutely sure that you have completed all the proper forms, use the online ISEF Rules Wizard. By answering a series of simple questions about your project, the wizard will tell you what forms you need to submit. You can also look at the rules summary on the NCSEF web site (scroll down to the bottom of the page too).

All of these forms are due by DECEMBER 16, 2011.

The Scientific Review Committee (SRC) will review all projects to help make sure that the proper paper work and safety precautions are followed. The SRC will also help to make sure your project does not get disqualified at the fair.

Any projects using Human Subjects (aka people) will also be reviewed by the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

All students must include a printed abstract with their project display, written AFTER you finish your project.

Projects will be assigned to one of 5 categories:

Display regulations

Rules pertaining to your display can be found on the NCSEF web site. There are limits on size and type of items you can include in your display, for example, no food, chemicals or water. Be sure to read the entire list of regulations.

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Tentative Fair Agenda

Wednesday, January 25
7:30 am – 8:30 am Students set up projects
9 am – 12 pm SRC Reviews all projects to make sure they follow the required rules.
12 pm – 3 pm Judging
Students of the top projects will be interviewed by judges.
Thursday, January 26
8:30 am - 3 pm Judging continues
Students of the top projects will be interviewed by judges.
5:30 pm Public viewing of projects
6 pm Science Stage Show and Science Fair Awards Ceremony
7 pm All projects must be removed from the gym.

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FAQ

What is an experimental project?

An experimental project uses data and observations to answer a question. You can learn more about doing an experiment on the NCSEF website.

How do I pick a question for my project?

First, make a list of things that you are interested in and then pick one. Think of 4 or 5 question about that topic. Next, see if you can put at least one of those questions in the form “Does _______ affect _________?” or “Does ______________ change ___________?” If the items you put in the blanks are measurable (with a ruler, stopwatch, thermometer or something like that) then you have a research question!

The best part about making a question this way is that you only have two options for a hypothesis:
Yes, ____________ affects _____________.
Or
No, ____________ does not affect _____________.
Just make sure you do some background research first so you can explain why you chose your hypothesis.

Science Buddies is a great online resource for choosing a topic and creating experiment.

What is an abstract?

An abstract is a summary of your project. It is only 3-5 sentences long and includes just one sentence each about
• Why you chose this project.
• Your research question and hypothesis.
• How you collected data.
• Your result or the answer to your research question.

Who can help me with my project?

Every project needs an Adult Sponsor. This can be a parent, teacher or some other adult who will make sure you follow all the rules, are safe and get the right forms turned in on time. You can even have a couple of people who help you with this.

You should have someone help you with parts of your project that maybe dangerous such as using a stove or oven, or when working with chemicals or electricity.

However, the background research, experiment design, data collection, analysis, conclusion and display creation should all be done by the student.

The NCSEF web site lists the specific roles that adults should play in a science fair project.

How will the projects be judged?

A group of 3 or 4 judges will judge each category. You can see a list of the judging criteria on the NCSEF web site. The students with the top projects in each category will be called from class to be interviewed by the judges.

When will we know who won?

Winners of the Lacy Science Fair will be announced at the Science Fair Awards Ceremony on the evening of January 26. All Lacy Lions are invited to attend. More details on this event will be announced later in the fall.

Who will get to go to the regional science fair?

The first and second place winners in each category will be invited to compete in the regional science fair to be held mid to late February. Wake County, including Lacy, is in Region 3 of the NCSEF. Winners at the regional fair will get to go to the state science fair.

When and where will the regional and state science fairs be held?

The date and location of the Region 3 Science Fair has not yet been announced. However it is usually held in mid-February in the Research Triangle Park.

The NCSEF will be held at Meredth College in Raleigh on March 23-24, 2012.

All students are invited to attend both the regional and state science fair to see the projects and support their classmates.

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