Thursday, January 3, 2013

science fair in St Joseph for ALL homeschoolers

14th Annual
St. Joseph Homeschool Science Fair
Sunday, February 10, 2013

6:30 -- Set-up Time
7:00 -- Judging Begins
8:00 -- Awards

St. James Catholic Church
5816 King Hill Ave., St. Joseph, MO 64504
(Tables located in the School cafeteria, on lower level;
enter the north door under maroon awning; parking across street.)

$5 donation per family; Bring a snack to share; Drinks provided.

Rules and General Information:
1. All homeschool students in grades PreK – 12 are eligible.
2. Any science project, experiment, invention, or report is acceptable.
3. Parental involvement should be minimal, depending on the age of the student.
4. Projects should be age-appropriate and reflect the student's current studies or interests.
5. Science fair display boards are encouraged. These can be purchased at hobby stores or homemade.
6. Please protect the table and floor, if needed, with a drop cloth. Nearby outlets are permissible for use.
7. Judging will consist of a private interview (about 5 minutes) between the student and two judges.
8. A suggested donation of $5 donation per family covers the speaker and prizes. Awards are given at the conclusion of judging. Everyone wins a prize. Please mail to Candise Schmidling, 18 Eastwood Drive, St. Joseph, MO 64506.
9. Register by emailing the student's name and grade to by Feb. 8 so I can print certificates.
10. Bring a snack or treat to share with everyone. Drinks, cups, and napkins are provided.
11. Any family members and friends who want to observe are welcome. Everyone may listen to the special speaker while the projects are being judged.
12. Questions: call 816-671-0562 or 816-261-9852

Judging Sheets will have a scoring range of 1-20 for each of 5 criteria (for a total of 100 points):

*Scientific knowledge (20%) -- Does the student understand the scientific concepts within their specific subject area? Is there a solid background of learning that accompanies the project work?
*Proper procedures/documented results (20%) -- Is the hypothesis presented clearly? Is the student following a logical sequence of scientific procedures? Has data been collected carefully? Are the variables utilized properly? Is the conclusion well stated?
*Oral presentation (20%) -- Does the student explain the details of the project well? Does the student answer questions from the judge thoroughly? Speaking plainly and loudly enough?
*Visual presentation (20%) -- Is the project summarized in an organized manner? Shown neatly with graphics? Are the results portrayed in an effective manner? Was extra creativity and/or originality incorporated into the student's display?
*Level of difficulty or creativity (20%) -- Has the student chosen something appropriate for his age/grade level? Does the student have an understanding of the science beyond the specifics of his project? Was extra time and work involved in choosing this type of project? Has the student worked independently to demonstrate his skills and knowledge?

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