Science Fair

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2017-2018 Science Fair Chair



Science Fair 2018 – That’s A Wrap!

Thank you to all the volunteers that made Science Fair a success this week and congratulations to our Doss participants! We had more than 300 projects turned in for competition and 19 Best Of Show winners – 16 of whom will be advancing to regionals. These awesome Owl Scientists are:

Lucy Ervin Launcher 5th Keys
Hadeed Khan Fidget Spinner Windmill 5th Tran
Kylie Cash Food For Beautiful Blooms 5th Tran
Ailia Zhao Hot Or Cold: It’s All About the Insulation 5th Keys
Lucy Etheredge Snow Day 5th Tran
Rebecca Farrell Insulation Nation 5th Cardwell
Edward Small III That’s The Way The Ball Bounces 5th Hughes
Chelsey Pence The Taste In Your Smell 5th Cardwell
Lorelei Dapper What’s Popping 5th Hughes
Kate Leakey Wood You Save The Ocean 4th Jones
Megan Panzer Do Mints Actually Cool Down Your Mouth 4th Truesdale
Alexander Longoria Protect Your Melon 4th Sweeney
Griffin Meroney Learning How To Learn 4th Carroll
Bianca Hill Fabric Vs Light 4th Zhou
Mia Vaisman Let’s Talk ABI 4th Carroll
Addison Perkins Bubble Fun 3rd Stover
Will Daniels It’s Electric 2nd Smith
Slade Chapman 3-2-1 Go! 1st Sprague
Addison Waltzer Growing Gummies K Elbrecht

Science Fair would not have been possible without the 140+ volunteers who shared their time setting up, judging and breaking down over the past few days. Thank you to all those who help our Owl Scientists shine!

Looking forward to the 2019 Science Fair!


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. 31, 2018, 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.


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 kick it off with our Parent Information Sessions, providing parents all they need to know about helping their Owls prepare. Afterward we will have six help and mentoring sessions for students. The help sessions go over key components of project work, from finding an experiment to forming a hypothesis to putting it all together. And this year we’re excited to introduce parent/teacher mentoring sessions after school, giving students one-on-one assistance. Also new this year – journals may be done in either composition books or on a Google Doc! Please join us for any or all of these dates to learn more.

Wednesday, Nov. 1

Parent Information Sessions (in Doss Library)


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

Tuesday, Nov. 7

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


Wednesday, Nov. 15

First Parent/Teacher Mentoring Session (Room 310/Crawford)), 3 to 4 p.m.


Tuesday, Dec. 12

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


Wednesday, Dec. 13

Second Parent/Teacher Mentoring Session (Room 310/Crawford), 3 to 4 p.m.


Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018

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


Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

First Parent/Teacher Mentoring Session (Room 310/Crawford), 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. 31, 2018, note that projects are due to their teachers on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. 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. 31, 2018, note that projects are due to their teachers on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 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


Throughout the day on Jan. 31, 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. 24, 2018, 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. 24, 2018

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


  • 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. 31 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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