Science Fair

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Seeking all future scientists and curious Owls! We are gearing up for the latest and greatest Doss Science Fair. There are many key dates and deadlines leading up to the big event on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, and we are here to guide you every step of the way. Check out the documents below, and stay tuned to Living Tree and The Blast for up-to-date information.

Background

While participation in the Science Fair is required of our fourth- and fifth-grade students, it is open to all Doss Owls, from kindergarten on up. Students will not only become knowledgeable on their chosen topic, but also learn critical thinking, problem solving, use of scientific methods, and presentation skills. That experience, and seeing the confidence students gain throughout the project, are why we encourage every Owl to participate in Science Fair.

Learn More

A long-term science fair project can often be overwhelming for students, so we have multiple help sessions available to get them started and keep them going. We also have information sessions for parents to go over what the expectations are and how they can help. Please join us for any or all of these dates!

Wednesday, Nov. 2

Parent Information Sessions (in Doss Library)

Times:

  • 7:45 to 8:30 a.m.
  • 12 to 1 p.m. **
  • 6 to 7 p.m.

** Note that Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish translators available at these sessions

Tuesday, Nov. 8

First Student Help Session (in Doss Library), 3 to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 13

Second Student Help Session (in Doss Library), 3 to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 10 2017

Final Student Help Session (in Doss Library), 3 to 4 p.m.

Fourth and Fifth Grade

Participation is required of our oldest students, but we encourage the students to look at the Science Fair as an opportunity to learn how to complete in-depth, long-term projects – something they will need as they advance through middle and high school. These students will also be graded on their projects by their science teachers. (Please note their classroom grade does not affect their Science Fair score, and their Science Fair score does not affect their classroom grade.) Students must complete an experiment, complete with a testable questions, hypothesis, procedures and results, and be prepared to present their project to judges and answer questions. While the Science Fair is on Jan. 25, note that projects are due to their teachers on Tuesday, Jan. 17 2017. Please click on the links below to learn more!

Kindergarten through Third Grade

All of our Doss Owls are encouraged to participate in the Science Fair. Students in these grades can choose to complete an experiment, or they can create a collection, a model or demonstration. The collections, models and demonstrations will be judged using a separate set of requirements, though students are still expected to present their project to judges and answer questions. While the Science Fair is on Jan. 25, note that projects are due to their teachers on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 Please click on the links below to learn more!

Mistakes we see every year.  Remind your kids to not make them

  • Wikipedia, Google, and other search engines are NOT considered strong references and do NOT count as references for the Science Fair. If you use either of these sources, you will get a “0” on the References score.
  • ALL photographs must have the photographer’s name credited by each photo

Awards

Throughout the day on Jan. 25, volunteer adults will be busy judging each entrant. Two judges will review each project, listen to the student’s presentation, and ask questions. The judges will use a form to score the project. These two scores are then totaled, and judges add any comments, all of which are forwarded to the student the following week. A group of teachers will then select 15 Best In Show winners from those fourth- and fifth-grade students who achieve First Place scores, as well as one Best In Show winner from the first-, second-, and third-grade entries. The Best In Show winners in grades 3-5 are eligible to advance to the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival, happening Feb. 18, 2017, at Palmer Events Center.

Award categories are as follows:

Best In Show

Top 15 projects among first-place finishers in 4th and 5th grades

  • One winner for each grade in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades
  • Selected by teachers
  • Best In Show winners from grades 3-5 are eligible to advance to Regional Science Festival on Feb. 18, 2017

First Place

  • “Experiment” projects scoring at least 60 points AND no “0’s” (or top 50 scores)
  • “Collection, Model or Demonstration” projects are not eligible

Second Place

  • “Experiment” projects scoring at least 50 points
  • “Collection, Model or Demonstration” projects scoring at least 30 points

Third Place

  • “Experiment” projects scoring at least 40 points
  • “Collection, Model or Demonstration” projects scoring below 30 points

Scientist

  • Awarded to every student who does not place or who makes a Kindergarten Robot

Judging Documents

Open House and Judging

Once all of the judging is complete and awards distributed, we will open the Doss Gymnasium to the public on Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 6 to 7:30 pm.  Parents, family, and friends of our Owls are invited to come celebrate all of the students’ hard work.  The Doss Science Fair is organized and run almost completely by volunteers. If you love seeing students find joy and satisfaction in reaching their goals, then you will adore helping out with Science Fair. We will be asking for parents to help with judging and logistics in the coming weeks. And don’t worry — you don’t need to be a scientist or science lover to judge! We have created an easy, step-by-step judging process that is a cinch to follow. We hope you’ll consider donating an hour of your day to these awesome Owls!

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