Elementary - Science Fair Information
Prior to submitting your project online:
- Review the Elementary Display and Safety Rules
- Complete the Elementary Research Plan Template to prepare for your official, online project submission.
Questions? Contact Kristi Mutter
Elementary divisions are:
- Kindergarten/1st Grades
- 2nd/3rd Grades
- 4th/5th Grades
Elementary students may compete in the following categories:
Life Sciences projects ask questions about living things such as plants and animals.
Earth Sciences related to rocks, dirt, water and space.
Physical Sciences study matter, energy, and chemistry.
Students will compete within their divisions and categories.
Guidelines for Success
|Lower Elementary (K-3)|
|Problem||Is the investigation guided by a question?|
|Information||Data connecting the research to the problem is present.|
|Hypothesis||The hypothesis is brief and complete, testable and shows a connection to the research.|
|Experiment||Is there evidence that an experiment was conducted? Was proper equipment used?|
|Results||Are the data described and/or summarized?|
|Conclusion||Is there an attempt to relate the results to the problem/question?|
|Visual Display||Is the project presented in a manner that makes the purpose procedure and results clear?|
|Upper Elementary (4th-5th)|
|Problem||States problem as a question, provides evidence that it comes from the student's personal interests or experiences, and represents a genuine learning opportunity for the student.|
|Information||Cites 2 or more different sources. Student clearly connects the research to their problem in their own words.|
|Hypothesis||Hypothesis is brief and complete, testable and clearly addresses the state problem.|
|Experiment||Experimental design is a well-constructed test of stated hypotheses. Procedures are outlined in a step-by-step fashion that could be followed by anyone without additional explanation. All materials are listed.|
Performed experiment several times. Summarizes the data in a way that describes what was discovered using graphs and charts with no errors or omission. Discusses connections between variable or points out patterns.
|Conclusion||Conclusion completely answers all aspects of the problem, states if the hypothesis was supported or rejected and clearly cites evident to explain why.|
|Visual Display||Project display is appealing, neat, and readable. It is well organized and clear. Use of language and spelling is correct.|