Science Fair Project Facts

December 25, 2012  |  Educational, How Tos

Science fairs, the bane of students everywhere. At first they seem only like an imaginary threat, but as students progress from grade to grade the threat materializes with a simple phrase uttered by a teacher, “You’re going to complete a science fair project.” The horror!

What Is a Science Fair Project?

A science fair project is simply a research project that is entered into a competition called a science fair. Each science fair project comprises of a project, a written report, a display board and a physical presentation given by the student. These projects follow the seven steps of the scientific method and give students the opportunity to explore any science concept that interests them.

How Long Does It Take to Complete a Science Fair Project?

The amount of time that it takes to complete a science fair project depends upon the amount of effort the student wants to invest, the type of project, the topic and the complexity of the project. Simple projects can be completed in a matter of hours, while more complex projects can take weeks, months or even years.

How Can You Improve Your Chances of Winning a Science Fair?

Your chances of winning a science fair are dependent upon the quality of your project. The quality of your project will be based upon standardized judging criteria related to the scientific method, the innovation of the project, the value of the project and the completeness of the project. The more developed and unique your science fair project is the better your chances of winning will be.

Adding humor or intrigue to your project is another way to enhance your chances of winning a science fair. The more attention grabbing and interesting your project is the more memorable it will be and the more points it will be awarded.

What Are the Benefits of Entering a Science Fair?

There are many benefits that are offered by entering a science fair. The first benefit is that it gives you the chance to learn new skills that can help you in the future, such as problem solving, critical thinking and the scientific method. Secondly it will get you out of class for at least a day. Entering a science fair also gives you the opportunity to interact with other students and with scientists from across the country. Finally, it gives you the chance to win great prizes including science gear and scholarships.

Learn these science fair project facts and improve your chances of winning your local, state or national science fair.


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