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The Children's Museum 6th Annual Science & Technology Fair, Saturday, March 28th, 2009 -
View 2009 pictures below The only children’s museum in the country to be adopted by NASA & the Office of Science. View 4th floor / Exhibitors

" As children in the U. S. struggle to compete with young minds in other nations, it is never too early to open a child's eyes to the wonders of science and technology, the disciplines of the future" - Museum Director Marlene Brown. Exhibits were on display from 10am-2pm. Judging at 1pm. Prizes awarded at 2pm.
...Children's Museum, March 28th, 2009 Science Fair winners: Junior Category (2nd-4th grade) Grand Prize winner - Lucia Davis, 3rd grade, Denti Elementary, (Rome); 1st Place winner - Gianna Spina, 2nd grade, Clinton Elementary School; 2nd Place winner - Andrej Nwaoj, 4th grade, Clinton Elementary School; 3rd Place winner - Julia Salamone, 4th grade, Home School; Senior Category (5th--7th grade) Grand Prize winner - Cooper Malenewski, 5th grade, West Frankfort Elementary; 1st Place winner - Roma Amernath, 6th grade, Hughes Elementary School (New Hartford); 2nd Place winner - Ben Greco, 6th grade, Holland Patent Middle School;
3rd Place winner - Christopher Salamone, 5th grade Home School. Winners were awarded certificates and gift cards to Best Buy.
... Also in attendance was
Adia Bulawa. 1 of the 9 finalists in NASA's "Name the New Mars Rover Contest". Museum Director Brown presented her with Proclamations from Congressman Arcuri and NYS Senator Griffo. An 8 yr-old second grader, Adia 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 will have an opportunity to send a special message to the future to be placed on a chip carried by the Mars Science Laboratory rover and may also win a trip to a NASA laboratory in California. Votes were submitted from all over the world with Adia the only NYS entry! Her winning essay and "live voting" for Amelia took place online and out of our museum. (Voting closed Sunday, March 29th with the final winner being announced by NASA late April/early May. We're excited they saw our Press Release on the contest, downloaded the form from our website, and out of 9,000 entries, became a finalist!).

NASA's Next Mars Rover Contest, WallE invited kids, CM & CNY has a local finalist!

~ 2009 Flyer ~ Educators Letter ~ Registration ~ Judging Form ~ Feedback ~ Agenda ~VOTE for Amelia!





Children's Museum, March 8th, 2008 Science Fair winners: View 2008 pictures.

Senior Category winner of $100 Gift Certificate, Ribbons, Framed Certificates:
St. Mary's School, Clinton, NY
Project: "Creating Electricity with Fruits and Vegetables"
Students Names: Ellen Arnison, Jake Ford, Jack Yarowsky, Addie Zoller, Caroline Sniegal, Jessica Scoones, Allie Gale - 6th graders

Jurnior Category winners: of $50., $30., $20. Gift Certificates, Ribbons, Framed Certificates:
1st place -
West Frankfort Elementary, Frankfort, NY
Project: "Volcanoes & Lava"
Student: Cooper Malanewski, 4th grader

2nd place -
Denti Elementary School, Rome, NY
Project: "Space Rocks"
Student Name: Lucia Davis, 2nd grader

3rd place -
Mount Markham Elementary, West Winfield, NY
Project: "Volcanoes"
Student Name: Dylan Evans

Sponsor: HMI Pratt & Whitney HMI Metal Powders; Prizes: donated by Prevalere Life Sciences

Open To: students grades 2nd-6th. Registration deadline February 24, 2008. Setup of projects at Museum 10:00am on March 8th. Fee: $5.00/student. Judging: 12:00 to 2:00pm. Prizes: Grand Prize, 1st & 2nd place winners in Sr (5th-6th) & Jr (2nd–4th) grade categories received major prizes (electronic store gift certificates, plus framed certificates & ribbons). All entries received ribbons & certificates. Award Ceremony: 2:20pm. Exhibits: In addition to student entry exhibits, entrants & visitors enjoyed the 100's of interactive exhibits on our museum's 4 floors.

~ 2008 Winner Pictures ~

St. Mary's School Ellen Arnison, 12, left, lights an LED bulb with power produced from potatoes as part of an exhibit titled, 'Creating Batteries Powered by Food'. At right is fellow St. Mary's classmate, Jake Ford.

St. Mary's School students Jessica Scoones, left, and Jack Yaworsky test kiwi's and oranges respectively as part of their exhibit titled, 'Creating Batteries Powered by Food', Saturday, March 8, 2008, at the Children's Museum Fifth Annual Science & Technology Fair in Utica.

Cooper Malanoski, 10, points to information about volcanoes during his presentation and exhibit prepared for judges about 'Volcanoes and Lava', Saturday, March 8, 2008, at the Children's Museum Fifth Annual Science & Technology Fair in Utica. Malanoski is a student at West Frankfort Elementary School.

Dylan Evans, 10, of Mt. Markham Elementary School pours vinegar onto baking soda into a model of a volcano to simulate an eruption at The Children's Museum Fifth Annual Science & Technology Fair in Utica. Flanking Evans from left are, Eric Evans, Becky Evans and brother, Michael Evans, who appears to be awestruck by his big brother. Bottom 4 pictures taken by Heather Anisworth/Observer-Dispatch

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The Children's Museum 4th Annual Science & Technology Fair - held Saturday, March 24th, 2007

View setup. View entrants. View winners. View exhibitors.

Getting Set Up

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Explaining their projects to the Judges

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The Winners

Senior Level (5-6 grades):

Senior Level Grand Prize - Laurel Hill School 5th grader Laurence Caradonne, Project "Newton's Third Law" (Teacher/Parent Mr. Chindamo / Ana Topolvec)

Senior Level 1st place – West Frankfort Elementary 5th grader, Kasper Cuda, Project “Food Poisoning: Can It Happen To You” (Teachers Mrs. Metz / Mrs. Nelson)

Senior Level 2nd place - Staley Elementary, 6th grader Teira Hawkins, Project “Spending Money to Clean Soiled Laundry” (Teacher/Parent, Mrs. Hill / Jodi Hawkins)

Senior Level Honorable Mention - Walbran Elem. / Oriskany 6th graders Odessa Werchowski & Anna Kraeger, Project "Vascular System of a Flower" & 6th graders Shanon VanShufflin, Brandi Gauthier & Mekailia Kotary, Project: "Pulse Rate" (Teacher Brianne Mandryek)

Junior Level (2-4 grades):

Junior Level Grand Prize - Fayetteville Elementary 4th grader, Ben Dempsey, Project “Colored Lights on Solar Panels” (Teacher/Parent, Nicholas Dempsey/Joan Dempsey)

Junior Level 1st place - West Frankfort Elementary 3rd grader Christopher Salamone, Project "Constellations" (teachers Mrs. Metz/Mrs. Nelson/Parents)

Junior Level 2nd place - West Frankfort Elementary 3rd grader Cooper Malanoski, Project "Earthquakes"; (teachers Mrs. Metz/Mrs. Nelson);

Junior Level Honorable Mention - Home Schooled 2nd grader Scotty Madonia, Project "The Marine Environment" (parent Patricia Madonia)

Senior Level Participation Certificates -
Laurel Hill School - 6th grader Alek Caradonna, Project "Menthos & Diet Coke" (Teacher/Parent Mr. Chindamo/Ana Topolvec);
Herkimer Elem. School, - 5th grader Nick Netti, Project "Menthos & Diet Coke" (parent Nicholas Netti);
St. Mary's Elem. School - 6th graders Matt Scoones, T. J. Sullivan, Matt Chamberlain, Mercedes Staelens, Project "Weather Watching " (Teacher Dana Durr Avancio)
Walbran Elem/Oriskany, - Kyle Waskiewwicz /Aaron Udall, Project "ElectroMagnets"; Cody Murphy, Chaz Coss, Project "The EggSpert"Dan Buehler, Michelle Tanner, Khrista Burkhart, Project "Racing Cars", Amber Graves, Taylor Pratt, Katelyn Varano, Maria Kotary, Project "Animal Behavior & Music" (Teacher Brianne Mandryek)

Junior Level Participation Certificate -
Albany Street School/Utica - Alex Ambruso, 4th & Joshua Lomeo 5th, Project "Specimens of the Past: Rocks Rule" (parent Rich Ambruso);
Hughes Elem./New Hartford -4th grader Rooma Amernath, Project "Our Solar System" (Tutor Ms. Capuano);
West Frankfort Elem.
- 4th grader Vincent Cuda, Project "Designing the Future", (teachers Mrs. Metz/Mrs. Nelson), 2nd grader Landon Malanoski, Project "Oil Spills"


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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.

Above: Our Event Sponsor: Pratt & Whitney's HMI Metal Powders;
Right & Below: NASA exhibitors

Trying on a NASA Space Suit! & Viewing Astronaut food

Getting your picture taken in space at the NASA photo booth!

Taking away your own NASA postcard plus cool educational materials provided by Pratt & Whitney's HMI Metal Powders

Interact with hands-on exhibits


Letter * Project Steps * Project Hints * Writing Reports * Display Boards * Project Ideas * Prepare

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Project Steps

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. 

4. 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:

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Display Boards

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:

Left Panel Purpose

Center Panel

Right Panel Results

Before you begin, make sure you plan out your board including making sketches. This can save you money if you mess up a board.


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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.

Project Ideas

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


Water Quality





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Prepare a Science Fair Project

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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