Presentor & Exhibitor
Children's Museum 7th Annual Science & Technology Fair, Saturday, March
The only children’s museum in the country to be adopted by NASA & the Office of Science.
" As children in the U. S. struggle to compete with young minds in other nations, it is never too early or too late to open a child's eyes to the wonders of science and technology, the disciplines of the future" - Museum Director Marlene Brown. The only children’s museum in the country to be adopted by NASA & the Office of Science. Students can pick up a registration form in the museum, check with their teachers, or have their parents download the registration from here on our website. Deadline for registration is March 10, 2010. Setup of projects at the Children’s Museum 9:30am-10:00am on Sat. March 27th. Exhibits will be on display from 10:15am to 1:45pm. Judging at 12:30pm. Prizes awarded at 1:30pm. All entries receive a framed Certificate and a Ribbon. Category winners are also awarded gift cards to local electronics stores.
In addition to the student entries, we will feature two enjoyably interactive programs: 1.) Plasmas - the Fourth State of Matter by Princeton Plasma Physics Lab's John DeLooper. "Few people know it, but plasmas, the fourth state of matter,make up 99% of the universe. This display will provide a basic overview of what plasma is using examples that are person made and naturally occurring. Person made plasmas include fluorescent lights, neon lights, plasma balls and plasma rockets. Naturally occurring plasmas include lightning, auroras, interstellar space, solar wind, solar corona,solar core, nebula and flames". 2.) Solar Systems Ambassador Remote Space Exploration by Mark Sparline. "During this program, children can touch and see Space craft models, along with paper models of remote control spacecraft children can make and take home. The display will also show simulations from many of the remote spacecraft we've been exploring our solar system with". Register now & plan to come enjoy! View 2009 pictures. View our 4th floor
Princeton Plasma Lab's John DeLooper will returns to the Children's Museum to enthrall the 2010 Science Fair exhibitors & visitors with his Fun Plasma Science Toys
Adia Bulawa's family saw our Press Release for the "Name the New Mars Rover Contest", downloaded the form from our website, and out of 9,000 entries, became a finalist & the only one from NYS! 1 of the 9 finalists in NASA's contest, this local 8 yr-old second grader chose the name "Amelia" after the famous aviator Amelia Earhart, the first woman to be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, who was lost while crossing the Pacific in 1937 during the final leg of flight around the world. The nine finalists had an opportunity to send a special message to the future to be placed on a chip carried by the Mars Science Lab rover. Votes were submitted from all over the world! Adia's winning essay and live voting for Amelia took place online and out of our museum.
Adia Bulawa, submitter of Mars Rover Contest name Amelia, with Museum Executive Director Marlene Brown, who presented her with Proclamations from Congressman Arcuri & NYS Senator Griffo.
Sponsor: HMI Pratt & Whitney HMI Metal Powders; Prizes: donated by Prevalere Life Sciences
students grades 3rd-8th. Registration deadline March 1st. Setup
of projects at Museum 10:00am. Fee: $5.00/student. Judging:
12:30 to 1:30pm. Prizes: Grand Prize, 1st & 2nd place winners
in Sr (6th - 8th) & Jr (3rd–5th) grade categories received
major prizes (electronic store gift certificates, plus framed certificates).
All entries received certificates. Award Ceremony: 2:00pm.
Exhibits: In addition to student entry exhibits, entrants &
visitors enjoyed the 100's of interactive exhibits on our museum's 4
Our Event Sponsor was HMI Metal Powders, who supplied the ribbons and framed gift certificates, and the pizza lunch. Gift card prizes were provided by Prevalare Life Sciences. NASA Aerospace Education Specialists traveled to the Utica Children's Museum with a computer photobooth that took pictures making it look as if you were working on the Int'l Space Station or walking in space and presented programs on living and working in space and the upcoming space shuttle missions.
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RESOURCES FOR OUR SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY FAIR
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FEEDBACK ON STUDENT SCI-TECH FAIR PROJECTS
Following, for the use of students/teachers/parents, is the judge’s feedback from past events:
1. Make sure your project is an original approach to the problem or topic
2. Make sure the project is primarily the work of the student(s)
3. The student should not have props or information in the exhibit which they don’t understand
4. The display should be no wider than a 3 foot cardboard tri-fold (back part 24-30”)
5. The display should contain the students name, age, and name of school
6. The information on the exhibit display should be visually attractive, with accurate information & correct spelling
7. The student should demonstrate a good understanding of the topic chosen
8. When asked by the judges, the student should be able to defend the results and conclusions of his/her exhibit/topic
9. The student should also be able to explain to the judges why they chose this project
10. The student should also be able to tell the judges what they learned from doing the project
11. The student should also be able to explain to the judges what source(s) he/she used to obtain information about their project
12. The student should be able to explain to the judges whether the results or conclusions surprised them or not, and why
13. Extra hint: while the student(s) can certainly refer to the wording on their exhibit board, they should not read everything word for word, but be comfortable explaining what project they chose, why they chose it, how they researched it, and what results they discovered.
All students will receive a signed framed Certificate of Entry, with their name on it, along with a ribbon for their winning category. The Grand Prize, 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners will also receive prize cards to purchase electronics of their choice at a local store.
In order to follow National Science & Technology Fair guidelines, during the 30-45 minute judging time, the floor will be cleared of everyone except the students entered and the judges. As soon as this is over, parents / teachers / other visitors may return to the floor while the judges meet behind closed doors to determine the category winners.
After exhibit projects are setup at the Children’s Museum (between
9:45am-10:00am on the Sat. of the Fair) exhibitors are free to take turns
manning their exhibit so they can also enjoy our four floors of interactive
exhibits. Pizza, soda & water will be provided between 11:30am & 12:00
noon in our first floor kitchen for student entry participants. Adults are
welcome to bring additional lunch items for this time (no beverages or food
are allowed on the floors). All students involved in their projects should
be back at their exhibit table by 12:00noon. Judging will take place at 12:30pm.
Prizes will be awarded at 1:30pm. Fair will end at 2:00pm.
1. Selecting A Topic The
first step in preparing a good science fair project is to select a topic for
your project. Being the first 'hurdle' a student faces when starting a science
fair project and they are often faced with quite a dilemma. Choosing a good
project is a very important because is can make the difference between a good
and excellent project. First of all, you should pick a topic you are interested
in. Secondly, it doesn't have to be complicated. Students often select complicated
projects and then end up not fully understanding the concepts or even giving
up on the project. The Ideas page has a list of generic project ideas that
can be either simplified or expanded upon to fit your needs.
2. Research your Topic. - After selecting your topic, learn everything about it. Books on your topic can most likely be found in your local library or bookstore. The best source for information is here on the Internet. You can use the many search engines available to find information or try our Science Links page with a vast amount of links to various science related sites on the Internet.
3. Make A Plan - Once you consider yourself an 'expert' about your topic, make a plan as to how you will conduct your experiment. Your plan should include the following:
· The purpose of your experiment
The the variable(s)
or the things that you are going to change during the
· Your Hypothesis or what you think the outcome of the project will be.
· A detailed procedure outlining how you will conduct the experimentation.
Conduct the Experiments - The next step is to follow the plan that
you have written. While conducting the experiments make your you keep detailed
notes on everything that you observe. You may even want to take pictures or
make sketches of your observations. These notes are vital to your experiment
because they are needed when you write your report and make your display.
5. Analyze Your Results - Once you are finished with the experiment, organize your notes. You may want to recopy your notes so that they are more organized and can be easily understood by others. Then, analyze them. Ask yourself, what happened, did the results agree with your hypothesis, and so on. Make graphs and charts to represent the data to help you analyze it.
6. Write A Report - Write a detailed report about your project. Tell exactly what you did, how you did it, and what you discovered. Be sure you write all about your plan and your experiment. Include your data, and perhaps some charts and graphs to help readers interpret the information. Be sure you also include some of the background information you learned.
7. Make your Display - The Display crucial to your success at the fair because it tells about your project. The display must be neat and well organized. It should include background
information, the problem, your hypothesis, your procedure, your results, your conclusion, your report, and graphs and charts. You can also include photos or drawings of your experiments. For more information on creating your display, see our Display Hints page.
8. Rehearse Your Presentation - When you make your presentation to the judges, it is important that you are prepared and know what you are going to say before you have to say it. By rehearsing your presentation, you get an opportunity to 'work the bugs out' and become to feel comfortable talking about your project. You should start out rehearsing by yourself and then find volunteers to to be mock judges and present it to them. You will calmer and more composed on the science fair day if you are prepared and know what you are going to say.
9. Do your BEST! - At the science fair, try to be as calm and professional as possible. Know what you are talking about and be confident, you will do fine!
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Project Hints Here are some helpful hints when doing
a science fair project:
Choose A Topic that Interests YOU
The topic that you choose for your science fair project should be one that is of interest to you. If you have ever tried to do something that did not interest you, chances are that you did not do your best. When participating in a science fair, to have a chance at winning you have to give it your all, or in other words- do your best. It is much easier to do your best when you are actually interested in the topic you are studying.
Do your own work
When you are at the fair, and are asked to speak about your project, how can you talk about it if you didn't actually do it yourself? Getting help on a few specific aspects of your project is okay, there is nothing wrong with that, but it has to be YOU who does the project, not a parent.
Give yourself plenty of time
For your project to be the best you can make it, you must allow yourself plenty of time to get it done. A good project can't be done the night before the fair or even a few days before. A good project requires weeks of planning and experimentation to be successful.
Your Project doesn't have to be complex
The purpose of a science fair is to help you (the student) to learn about a specific topic. Often times, students choose very difficult and tedious projects because they think that it will help them to do better at the fair. In theory, it is a good ideas, but more often then not, the student becomes overwhelmed with the project and ends up not learning very much about it. It is better to pick a simpler project and be able to speak confidently on Science Fair Day then do choose a difficult one and be unsure.
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Writing Reports - A good research paper should include all of the following:
The purpose of your display is to display your project to a judge. Content, or the information on the board is the most important thing. Many boards look good but don't have very much information. Your display board should look professional, something that a businessperson might use, not a little kid. It should attract the attention of a viewer and make them want to come over and read about your project. It is good to use color in your display but you shouldn't make it too colorful because it will make your display lose its professionalism. Stick to one or two colors that contrast, such as black and white or red and green. Avoid fluorescent colors because they make your project look cheap. Whatever you do, don't use colors that clash. Use colors sparingly, you don't want the judges focusing on the colors instead of the content. The title is very important in a display board. It should be eye-catching and easy to read. Be sure that the letters are large enough to read across a room. Use dark colors for the title. Most display boards are of a 3 panel configuration and the traditional way to setup this type of board is:
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Project Categories: Astronomy (Planets, Space, Sky Watching), Life Science (Living Things, Animals, Insects), Earth Science (Minerals, Geology, Fossils), Chemistry (Energy), Biology, Physics, Environment, Communicating Science, Health, Technology, Agriculture, Engineering.
Remember, your science fair project should start with a question. What topic interests you most? What have you always wondered about that topic? Once you've decided the question you want to answer, everything from the hypothesis to the procedure will flow from there.
Animals and Insects
Earth, Sun, and Stars
Food and Our Bodies
Oceans, Rivers, Streams
Plants and Gardening
1. Select a Topic - A Science Fair Project is a test you do to find an answer to a question, not just show what you know about something.
2. Gather Background Information - Gather information about your topic from books, magazines, the Internet, people and companies.Keep notes about where you got your info
3. Scientific Method
State the Purpose of your experiment - What are you trying to find out?
Select a variable (something you will change/vary) that will help you find your answer.
State your Hypothesis - your guess about what the answer will be.
Decide on and describe how you will change the thing you selected.
Decide on and describe how you will measure your results.
4. Run Controlled Experiment and Record Data
Do the experiment as described above.
Keep notes in one place. Write down everything you can think of, you might need it later.
5. Graphs and Charts- What happened? Answer that question, then put the results in graphs and charts.
6. Construct an Exhibit or Display
It has to be neat, but it does NOT have to be typed. Make it fun, but be sure people can understand what you did. Show that you used the Scientific Method.
7. Write a short Report- Tell the story of your project - tell what you did and exactly how you did it. Include a page that shows where you gathered background information. It can be 2 pages or even more.
8. Practice Presentation to Judges - Practice explaining your project to someone (parent, friend, grandparent, etc.) This will help you be calm on Science Fair Day. The judges are very nice and will be interested in what you did and what you learned.
9. Come to the Children’s Museum Science & Technology Fair and have fun! See you there!
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