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Science Fair 2016

Congratulations to our school-wide science fair finalists!

6th Grade Finalists

Derek Ryugo

Kaden Leung

Angelo Russo

Lucas Parker

Todd Gillis, Quinn Fitzsimmons, Xavier Miller

Brandon Hom

Paige Taylor

Celine Yuen, Devon Szalva

Tyler Lee

Marshall Muscat, Raeden Serefino

 

7th Grade Finalists

Ruby Anne Halsted

Teague Millette

Jessica Lee

Chloe Hu, Helen Chow, Valerie Situ

Ryan Woo 

Nicolas Goumas, Santiago Lopez

Gage Muscat

Josephine Robson

Matthew Tsang, Joshua Chew 

Michael Lee

 

8th Grade Finalists 

Grace Thwin, Zoe Wong

Luca Wylie-Petruzzie

Sophia Ladyzhensky, Vanessa Miller

Michael Leung, Cal Holman, Fausto Moreno-Renteria

Robin Brown

Sonia Quinn

Miles Kessler

Lilly Lakritz, Sequoia Hacks

Siena Wong

YanWen Huang, Lily Nyugen, Sharlene Tang

 

After final judging the afternoon of Feb. 14th, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers, along with honorable mentions for each grade will be determined. (These students will be informed and awarded at a later time.)

 

Congratulate our finalists for the city-wide science fair

Check out fellow RMS SciFair students who did experiments and whose boards will be on display at the SF Zoo Feb. 20 - 25.

 

City-wide San Francisco Science Fair Finalists

Lila Geller, Abigail Jennings, Angela Fermin

Thomas Schork

Siena Wong

Michael Lee

Sonia Quinn

Dylan Parker

Lily Nyugen, Sharlene Tang, YanWen Huang

Vaness Miller, Sophia Ladyzhensky

Susanna Siu, Evelyn Pacheco, Chelsea Phi

Wei Jing Li, Jasper Chen

Lilly Lakritz, Sequoia Hacks

Avery Lisenby, Tai Lum, Jackson Wainwright

 

 

FAQ

Roosevelt MS Science Fair Frequently Asked Questions

Display Board

In the direction of wasting less paper and taking fuller advantage of our tablet computer technology, the school will not be providing ready-made display boards (as was done for the first time last year). This year, students have two options regarding science fair display boards.

 

The first option is to buy or make a board similar to those used in past years. Such a board is generally a minimum of 2 feet high x 3 feet wide, with 3 feet high x 4 feet wide being the most common. These have two vertical folds such that they can stand up by themselves in an open position. Please see the Randall Museum Student Guide linked at this site for assistance with constructing such a board with reused cardboard (pp. 10-11). If you are unable to purchase such a board or get materials to construct one, please speak with your science teacher about this right away. He or she will be able to help get you set up.

 

The second option is to create an online slide-show or other type of web-page collection that allows people to explore and learn about your project using a tablet computer or phone. Students choosing this option will still need to create a display board, but it can be the smaller format, 17 inches high x 11 inches wide. This board will contain the title of your project, a brief abstract—summarizing your science question, what was done, and some of the key results from your experiment or research—and a QR code that will allow people using the code reader on their iPads to link to your online content. Note that since this board isn't big enough to fold and stand on its own, you will need to attach a fold-out kickstand of some kind so that it can stand upright by itself on a table surface.

 

For all display boards, make sure text can be read easily by someone standing about three feet away. The one exception is the Bibliography or Works Cited section, which should be in a smaller font size, toward the bottom of the board. (Note that these lists must include the names and, when possible, authors of your sources of information, not just the URL/web-address. Follow the link to citation guidelines, also below under Required Components for Research Projects.) Any drawings, diagrams, and/or handwritten text on the final product must be in ink or marker (not pencil).

 

Note too that the computer lab is open during the lunch period, where you can use printers and display board-related materials.

 

 

Required Components for all Science Fair Projects

 

For ALL projects (See below for the complete list of what's required for experiments and research projects, respectively)

- Full Name, Science Teacher’s Name, Period # (written clearly on the BACK OF THE BOARD)

- Title

- Materials & Procedures* (do not include what you used to make the display board, just the experiment or model)

- Conclusions*

- Bibliography/Citations*

                                                                       * - these components may be accessed online, see below

For Experiments

- Title (indicates what experiment is about)

- Hypothesis (your prediction of result)

- Materials & Procedures (for experiment, not board)

- Data/Results (must include ≥ 1 graph)

       Identifies variables

       Presents data using tables & graphs

- Conclusion  

       Do you accept or reject the hypothesis? Why?

       What can be improved? What would next steps be?

- Bibliography (list of sources of information used)

 

For Research Projects

- Title (indicates the specific subject researched)

- Purpose (your scientific question as a statement)

- Materials & Procedures (for model only, not board)

- Review of Research/Discussion (must include ≥ 1 graph)

       Explain and answer your question, citing the research

       What did you learn? How does it apply to real-life?

- Conclusion

       What can be improved? What would next steps be?

- Works cited (list of sources of information cited)

       Research must use credible sources that can be cited

 

For Small Format boards that accompany iPad-accessible content

- The board must include the first two components listed above, under “For ALL projects

- The board must also include a scientific abstract, comprised of the following (in 200 words or less):

  1. A one-sentence introduction (what’s the topic?)
  2. State the scientific question you sought to answer or problem you sought to solve
  3. One sentence about why you approached the question the way you did, or why it’s important or relevant        
  4. One sentence about how you did your investigation (What kind of experiment? What were your primary sources of research?)
  5. One sentence about the importance of what you found out through your experiment or research     

- Components with an * listed above, under “For ALL projects,should be clearly labeled and accessible through your online web-portal                    

                                                                                     

City-Wide Science Fair Eligibility

 

Roosevelt MS has received 12 entry slots for the Randall Museum San Francisco Science Fair this year. If you you’re selected as a finalist during the classroom level presentations (January 23 – January 26), and you wish to be eligible to apply for one of these slots, your project must follow the guidelines linked at this site—chief among them being that YOUR PROJECT IS AN EXPERIMENT and seeks to answer a scientific question. From the Randall Museum Science Fair Coordinator,

 

     “We are excited for this year's Science Fair to take place at the San Francisco Zoo the week starting 

     February 20. For more information, please visit the Science Fair webpage. See the Science Fair

     calendar HERE.

 

     Please heed our 3 main rules:

 

     1)  No photos of the scientist on the project board

     2)  Write your name/school/grade on the back

     3)  Only the project board will be accepted - no parts of your experiment

 

     By having participating in the SF Middle School Science Fair you give permission for the San Francisco Science Fair

     and the Randall Museum to publish your name, grade, school, teacher’s name, project title, and/or photograph in any

     format or venue as part of a list of science fair winners.“

 

What if I’ve been ignoring the science fair project until now?

 

The first step is to identify if you’re the kind of person who simply needs the pressure of an approaching deadline to get yourself going, or the kind of person who benefits from getting help from someone else.

 

If the former, don’t make it harder for yourself by worrying that you’ve put it off too long; you still have time. Although it’s recommended that all of your experimentation or research is completed by Monday, Jan 9th, your science teacher isn’t looking at completed display boards until Tuesday, Jan 17th. You do need to get yourself going though, right away, or you will be in a tough spot.

 

If you’re like most people, and it helps you get stuff done when you know that someone else is holding you accountable, there is help available. First, try to find some relief knowing that you’re not alone, that most people—including most of your teachers—have fallen behind on something at some point in their lives. Please do not fear that you will be judged when you admit to this. Is there someone you know who you think can help your efforts to figure out what you need to do, how to break this big task into smaller steps? If no, your next step is to let your science teacher or one of your other teachers know, so they can help. (If you’re unable to do so before or after class-time, we’re often available for periods of time during lunch or after-school.)

Timeframe

What to Do

When

1

Complete Project Proposal

by Tues, Nov 22

2

Complete initial research & investigation (fine tune question)

by Tues, Nov 29

3

Get any materials you need and actually start your project

by Mon, Dec 5

4

Begin creating display board

by Mon, Dec 12

5

Finish your science fair project

by Mon, Jan 9

6

Complete display board

by Tues, Jan 17

7

Present your display board in class

Mon, Jan 23 – Thu, Jan 26

8

Select class winners

Mon, Jan 30

9

San Francisco Science Fair registration forms due

Fri, Feb 3

10

Class winners fine-tune display boards for the next level

Mon, Jan 30 – Fri, Feb 10

11

Class winners take display boards to lower gymnasium

Mon, Feb 13

12

Judging and parents’ evening at the RMS Science Fair

Tues, Feb 14

13

Class visits to the RMS Science Fair

Tues, Feb 14 – Wed, Feb 15

14

Participants pick up display boards from lower gymnasium

Thur, Feb 16

15

Viewing of San Francisco Science Fair  projects

Mon, Feb 20 – Fri, Mar 3

16

San Francisco Science Fair Awards Ceremony

Sat, Feb 25

Overview

 

The Science Fair project brings you closer to the real world of science. It gives you the opportunity to do science on a topic that interests you. This year, the timeline works with the city-wide San Francisco Science Fair!

 

What kind of project can I work on?  There are 3 types of Science Fair projects you can do:

  1. Experiment. Think of a question that an experiment might answer. Spend at least a week or two actually doing the experiment. Make measurements and record them.

  2. Research & Model.  Focus on something in Science you would like to learn more about. Look for information online and/or in books. Then create a physical model or multimedia presentation that shows what you learned from your research. The model or presentation would be your own creation.

  3. Invention. Invent something that serves a useful function and be able to communicate the science behind it.

 

Can I work with other students?

Yes, you may work on a project with up to two other students. Every student must contribute to the effort, and is responsible for being able to explain how the project was done and what was learned in the process.

 

When do I have to decide on a project?

You must be ready to submit a proposal for a project to your Science teacher by Tuesday, November 22.      If your proposal is not approved by your Science teacher, you will need to discuss next steps with him or her and get it approved before you begin working on your project. Complete proposal forms, signed by your teacher AND your parent/guardian must be submitted no later than Tuesday, November 29th.

 

What happens after my project is approved?

The rest of November, December, winter recess, and the first half of January is your time to work on your project. In the 3rd week of January, you will share your project with your class. (If your teammates are in other classes, you and they will need to present separately in those classes.) Your Science teacher will give you more information once you’re working on your project. Class winners will be selected and they will go on to the school-wide Science Fair, happening February 14th and 15th. Class winners are encouraged to apply to the city-wide San Francisco Science Fair (registration forms due to them by Friday, Feb 3rd).

 

How will my project be judged?  Projects will be graded on 5 categories:

  • Appearance    How good do the Display Board and other media look? Are they well organized?

  • Effort        How much work was put into this project?

  • Results        Are the results quantified and graphed? Are the findings clear and easy to read?

  • Presentation    How well was it explained? (presenter summary, findings, Q & A, and model)

  • Originality    How creative is this project? How well does it stand out among others?

 

What’s in it for me?

Your Science teacher will give you a grade for your project. Projects also make your family proud. School Science Fair winning projects will earn prizes.