Science & Engineering Fair

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The Shelton Science and Engineering Fair is Thursday, February 21st!

Drop off projects at school on Wednesday, February 20th from 5 to 7pm


How to get started?

1) Get an overview and get answers to commonly asked questions! (Click on link in box):

2) Find out more about the 3 types of projects kids can do (Click on the headings):

Science Experiment
 Engineering ProjectResearch Project
 Scientists observe the world, asking questions and making hypotheses (predictions) to test.  They test hypotheses by designing experiments, collecting data or measurements, and forming conclusions about the answer to their original question and hypothesis.   Their data and conclusions often lead to asking more questions!

Science experiments can be defined by questions like,
"How does this affect that?"
Engineers are problem-solvers.  They come up with ways to do things smarter, easier, faster, better, and cheaper.  They come up with a problem statement, then create one or more designs that will solve the problem.  They test their designs and often make modifications to refine designs until they find one design that is good enough (or "optimal"). 

Engineering projects usually involve
designing, creating, problem solving, building, and prototyping to test the original design meets requirements.
Both scientists and  engineers research their ideas.  This is a fundamental step in any science or engineering project.  For the S&EF, research projects are a way for student scientists to gather information on questions and problems that the students cannot easily test directly or design with the tools available to them.  We encourage this type of project for younger or less experienced students.

Research projects can be defined by questions that ask,
why does this happen? how does this work? or how is this different than that? and are best answered by gathering information from books, experts, or web sites.

3) Students can start working on their projects at home with adult support any time!  Take advantage of Winter Break.  Students can work individually or with up to 2 partners.  
  • All partners must register.  Click Here to Register!
  • Download or print a Project Notebook Template below to get started.  It will guide you through all the steps.
4) Create a Display Poster and bring it to Shelton from 5 to 7pm on Wednesday, January 20th and set it up in the gym or library.

6) Thursday, February 21st is the Science and Engineering Fair! 
  • Students will describe their projects to friendly judges during school hours.  
  • That evening there will be a Reception and Award Ceremony with food, games, and prizes.  All students, families, and friends are welcome to attend.  Click here for additional Fair Day information.

7) Email if you have any additional questions or need support.  We are hoping everyone participates.

What will you invent this year?  What Questions will you ask?

Amanda Strouth,
Dec 1, 2017, 1:17 PM
Amanda Strouth,
Dec 1, 2017, 1:17 PM
Amanda Strouth,
Dec 1, 2017, 1:18 PM