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2017 STEM Fair

Science Fair Project Positions

Gym Layout

All events were required to register on line by
Friday 1/13/2017


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SCHEDULE Saturday, February 4, 2017:



Doors open at 8:00 am for Individual Project Setup

Math Competition begins at 8:00 (Math competition is a 30 minute timed test.  You can show up to take the test anytime between 8 and 11:30 as your schedule permits".)   YOU WILL NEED TO REGISTER ON-LINE TO PARTICIPATE.

Junk Box War begins at 9:30 am

Judging of Individual Projects begins at 8:30 am

Judging of Individual Projects should end by approximately 12:30 pm              

Awards will be presented post judging

 

 

The West Geauga Kiwanis Club is now underway in preparing for the 2017 STEM Fair on February 4th.  STEM Fair is an acronym for science/technology/engineering & math.  Students from
West Geauga High School, Middle School, Home Schooled in the WG School District, and invited students, will be conducting individual research projects of their own choice as well as problem solving competitions.

 

  Students will also be competing with individual technical research projects of their own interest.  In addition, students may choose to compete in math,  and the popular Junk Box War.  Kiwanis members will be visiting the schools to answer questions of students who wish to participate.  As you may recall, West Geauga was one of only three high schools in the country to receive Intel's prestigious Technology Award.

 

If you are interested in the success of our high school in technology, be sure to attend the STEM Fair on Saturday, February 4th, 2017 at 8:00 AM to find out more.

 

  For further information call / email

       Rich Levine, Chairman

        440-729-6554
ralbjp@gmail.com


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The  STEM – Science /Technology/Engineering/Mathematics - FAIR

                 SPONSORED  BY  THE  WEST  GEAUGA  KIWANIS

 

               RULES,  REGULATIONS  AND  PROCEDURES

 

PURPOSE: The purpose of the STEM FAIR is to provide a venue for students to  

                   engage in a competition which will help them focus on the scientific  

                    process and reward them for their efforts.

WHEN: , Saturday,February 4 , 2017 at 8:00 am

WHERE: West Geauga Middle School Gymnasium

SCHEDULE:

                    Doors open at 8:00 am for Individual Project Setup

                    Math Competition begins at 8:00 (Math competition is a 30 minute timed test.  You can show up to take   the test anytime between 8 and 11:00 as your schedule permits".)

                    Junk Box War begins at 9:30 am

                         Judging of Individual Projects begins at 8:30 am

                     Judging of Individual Projects should end by approximately 11:30 am              

                     Awards will be presented post judging

WHO: Students from:

                     West Geauga High School

                     West Geauga Middle School

                          Home Schooled in the WG School District

                     

INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS: Students must register their entry forms with a  

                      description of their project by Friday, January 6, 2017.                 

                     All projects must be signed by their Science Teacher, parent or  

                      guardian (if home schooled).                                                                                                      

                      Only one student per entry please. Group projects will be

                       considered for judging post discussion with science teacher.

                       Student Project Exhibits must be setup before 8:30 am, Saturday

                       and ready for  judging. Students must be present during judging.

PROJECT DISPLAY: Exhibits may not exceed 24” deep, 36” wide, and 96”

                       from the floor.

                       The exhibit must be sturdy enough to stand on its own. Assume

                       drafts and possible bumps during display.

SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS: Do not display anything that could injure a small

                        child or could harm anyone who might touch it.

                        Do not display food of any type – use pictures.

DISQUALIFICATION: The violation of any rule may mean disqualification.

 

JUDGING: Two judges will review and evaluate your Research Project. The

                         judges are professionals and teachers in the field of Science,

                         Engineering, and Technology.

CRITERIA FOR JUDGING: The following is a brief description of the criteria

                          that will be used in evaluating and scoring your Research Project

 

AWARDS: First, Second and Third Place Winners will receive Cash Awards, and

                          a Certificate.


AWARDS: For First, Second and Third Place Winners First time High School STEM Fair Participant

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Rules and Regulations

     

JUNK  BOX  WAR  INSTRUCTIONS

W.G. Kiwanis 2017 STEM FAIR

            Saturday, February 4, 2017 – 9:30 at the Middle School Cafeteria

The JUNK BOX WAR is for Junior and Senior High School Students only

Two or three students only make up a team, (not less than two and no more than three students)

The competition will begin at 09:30 sharp.  If you are late, you will lose valuable time,  Your Team Leader must register your team before you begin.

Each Team will be given a Table Number where you will find a box of "junk".

All of the teams will have identical "junk" in their boxes

You will have two hours to build a mechanism to carry out a specific function.

After two hours all construction must end and the team competition phase will begin.

Each member of the First, Second, and Third Place Winning Team will be awarded a metal, a certificate and monetary award

An award will also be given out to the most unique designed mechanism.

Form your Team and register now!


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             ELEMENTS  OF  A  SUCCESSFUL  RESEARCH  PROJECT

 

  1. PICK A PROJECT TO STUDY – Select a project that you are interested in and would like to learn more about.. A project that as far as you know has never been done. Originality tends to win over judges.
  2. DO A BACKGROUND SEARCH – You need to learn as much as possible about the subject before you carry out any research. This will help you come up with a hypothesis, an appropriate method to test your hypothesis, and help you to draw conclusions about your results. Be sure to include this information on your display.
  3. FORMULATE A HYPOTHESIS – Include a paragraph or two on what you feel will be the outcome of your test. Your hypothesis may prove to be wrong by your test. This does not necessarily mean that you have a flaw in your results. Remember, the Scientific Method requires that you must enter a test completely free of any pre-determined outcome.
  4. DOCUMENT YOUR WORK – Always keep good records in a laboratory notebook. You need to be able to prove that your results are true and correct. Your notes should show all of the procedures used and the results of those procedures documented, both good and bad. Summaries and conclusions for each experiment should be recorded in your notebook.
  5. DESIGN YOUR EXPERIMENTS TO TEST YOUR HYPOTHESIS – Design several experiments to test your hypothesis using more than one strategy. Use appropriate control groups to act as a comparison. Do not change more than one variable for each test that you run!
  6. RESULTS – Results are the data generated by your experiments. Always repeat your tests to ensure reproducibility. It’s best to use SI units of grams, liters, meters, and etc. Be sure to use a sufficient number of  samples in your test based on commonly used statistics to avoid results based on chance.
  7. EVALUATE YOUR RESULTS – Look closely at your results to determine any inconsistencies. Your results may lead you to additional questions to evaluate or approach by additional tests. Judges are frequently impressed by carrying your study a step further.
  8. CONCLUSIONS – Try to decipher the information that you have collected from your data. Frequently there may be more than one answer. Do you need to do additional research based on your results?

 

Research Paper

   
        Research Paper:    A formal written presentation of Research Project.
         It should contain the following:

        Introduction- State your topic, your hypothesis, what you hope to achieve.

        Background- A general introduction to the subject and why you chose to study it.

        Hypothesis-  A brief statement about what you expect will be the outcome

       Methods- Describe the procedure followed to test your hypothesis. 
        A person should be able to repeat your test from your description.

       Results-  Describe the results that you obtained from your experiment with photos, tables,
         figures, and graphs as well as your written description.

       Discussion- Explain in detail how the data supports or refutes your hypothesis.

       Conclusion-  Why was your hypothesis supported or not supported.

       Acknowledgments and References-  List the people and literature sources utilized.

Project Display

       Prepare a Project Display-  Your display board should include the following:

       Prominent title of Research Project

       Include all of the information discussed previously

       Briefly summarize your entire project in a logical sequence

       Text should be large enough to be easily read

       Use a printer if possible

       Use photos, figures, tables, and graphs to describe your data

       Include items used in your tests, as well as your Lab Notebook

       
and Research Paper

 

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