If your child is interested in doing a Science Fair Project please turn in the 2016-2017 Science Fair Info and Sign-up Form by February 10.
March 6, 2017: Project Set-up at Sunrise
March 6-8, 2017: Science Fair Judging
March 9, 2017 : Science Day & Fair at Sunrise
March: SARSEF (Southern Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair) for 10 projects selected by judges
Offering a science inquiry fair program provides evidence of a school’s commitment to science education and the relevance of science to our daily lives.
Students gather their project ideas from the world around them and from their own daily experience. Gaining skill investigating that daily experience and reporting and defending their discoveries using the scientific method are tools that can serve our students well outside the fields of science and into everyday life.
All Sunrise Drive K-5 Students – individuals, groups or entire classes – are encouraged to enter a project in our annual Science Fair.
Choosing a Project
Believe it or not, selecting a topic for a science fair project may be the toughest part of the process. Find something that is already interesting to you. If you do use ideas from the many science fair project books or websites, add your own twist to the often-tried projects.
To help you find a science fair project idea that can hold your interest, we suggest that you:
- Use a survey by Science Buddies called “Topic Selection Wizard” – by answering a series of questions about everyday interests and activities, you will identify an area of science that is best for you.
- Follow this link to see SARSEF suggested topics and categories
How Much Should Your Parents Help?
It really doesn’t matter what grade you are in, you may need guidance from a parent but it is important that you do the work and the experiment and that you keep a good notebook.
You can ask for help with complicated tasks or assistance in laying out the project plan; however, it must be your project – from idea and hypothesis (or problem statement) through to completion.
From the beginning, do the work in your own handwriting. Even if you are in K-2, you can make simple lists, draw pictures to show ideas and steps, and color in graphs. Although you may later choose to ask for help when you put your work in more final form, your notes and rough drafts should be included in the Lab Notebook. Even the mistakes and false starts should be included.
Keep in mind that every great scientist had a mentor, someone to help and encourage. Ask for as little or much help as you need.
Parents, We Need Community Science Volunteers!
Sunrise Science Day would not be the same without visits from our community scientists, who spend the day engaging the students in amazing science activities.
Past participants have included The Physics Bus, TEP, Bio5 Ambassadors, UofA Geologists, Biosphere, just to name a few. If you would like to volunteer to present or recommend a group, please email Ritu Pandey (e).