Welcome to the Trailside Science & Engineering Fair 2019

Important Dates & Times

Welcome! 

Trailside will be holding its annual Science & Engineering Fair on Wednesday, January 31, 2019. All students are invited to participate. Projects for kindergarten-fourth are optional. All fifth graders are required to submit a project. Team projects of up to three students are allowed. 

TSES's top fifth grade participants will move onto the PCSD 5th Grade Showcase to confirm eligibility for the University of Utah Science & Engineering Fair, https://usef.utah.edu/. Please ensure your project meets all USEF requirements from the beginning.

Registration for the Trailside Elementary School Science Fair will be open from December 10th, 2018 through January 17th, 2019.

When you have decided on your project focus, please use the drop-down menu above: Create Account > Student. Please use this site for registration, rules, schedules, and updates.  

Forward all registration questions to Susan Martin at skammerd@hotmail.com 

 

MENTORING SESSIONS: The Trailside Science Committee will hold mentoring sessions from 3:15 to 4:15 on the following dates at TSES for anyone needing assistance developing their Science and Engineering project:

December 10th, 12th, and 18th

January 9th & 15th

 

PROJECT SETUPJanuary 31st 7:30am - 8:05am (right before school.  Tables will be set up and will have your project ID and/or title.  Volunteers will be present to help with student set up).  Students will NOT be able to set up projects the day before.

FAIR: January 31st: 8am - 2:30pm

PUBLIC WALK THROUGH: January 31st: 5:00 - 6:30pm (Winners will be announced and the raffle drawing will be held.  Anyone who participates in a completed project will receive a raffle ticket. Drawing will begin at 5:45pm, and you must be present to win).

CLASS WALK THROUGH: February 1st: 8:30am to 11:30am

PROJECT PICK UPFebruary 1st: before 12:30pm (if you cannot pick up your project prior to 12:30pm, please make arrangements with Susan Martin).

JUDGING RUBRICS:

Here are the judging rubrics your projects will be judged on; please look through them and familiarize yourself with the requirements. (Please ignore the 2016 in the file name; it is simply the year they were created)

TSESK-2Rubric2016.pdf

TSES3rdScienceRubric2016.pdf

TSES3rdEngineeringRubric2016.pdf

TSES4-5ScienceRubric2016.pdf

TSES4-5EngineeringRubric2016.pdf

Here's What You Need to Know!

Trailside will be holding its annual Science and Engineering Fair on Thursday, January 31, 2019. Registration is from December 10, 2018 – January 17, 2019. All students are invited to participate. Projects for kindergarten-fourth are optional. All fifth graders are required to submit a project. Team projects of up to three students are allowed. If you are doing a team project, the first person to register needs to register the project as a team project. When you reach the registration confirmation page, copy the Project Number. The other team members will need this number to link to your project. When the other team members register, they will "link to a project" (will not "create a new project"). Science Fair Registration Tips.pdf

 

REGISTER only after you have decided on a project category (science or engineering) and question or problem.

When you have decided on your project focus, please use the drop-down menu above: 

Create Account> Student. Please use this site for registration, rules, schedules, and updates.  

TSES's top fifth grade participants will move on to the PCSD 5th Grade Showcase to confirm project eligibility for the University of Utah Science and Engineering Fair. Please ensure your project meets all USEF requirements from the beginning. You will need to keep a journal/data notebook from the start of your project. If your project involves human or animal subjects, you will need to obtain additional signatures on the USEF form before starting experimentation. 

Questions about how to get started? 

The Trailside Science Committee will hold mentoring sesssions from 3:15 to 4:15 on the following
dates at TSES for anyone needing assistance developing their Science and Engineering project:

December 10th, 12th, & 18th

January 9th & 15th

Science Buddies and Science Adventures are great sites to help you choose a topic: www.sciencebuddies.org and www.sciencefairadventure.com. The University of Utah Science and Engineering Fair site has tips, suggestions and mentor advice, https://usef.utah.edu/.

The following information packets also provide helpful information for planning your fair project.

Questions You Must Answer for Your Science Fair Project:

1. Problem or Question - What problem are you trying to solve?  What question are you trying to answer?

2. Introduction or Background Research – What information would be helpful to know in order to understand your project?

3. Hypothesis - What do you think will happen?

4. Experiment or Procedure - What did you do to answer your question? Be specific about the step-by-step process and the equipment used.

5. Results or Analysis - What actually happened? Include any graphs or charts to help present your data.

6. Conclusion - What did you learn from your experiment? Using the data from your results, answer the question asked in part 1. Then note any additional comments, explanations of why the results did or did not match your hypothesis. Display your data on a display board. Bring this, along with your journal and other science project items, to the fair.

Suggested Time-line to prepare:

• Week 1 - Select a topic, question, or problem

• Week 2 - Research project and question/problems

• Week 3 - Construct hypothesis; come up with a solution (and 1st prototype)

• Week 4 - Test hypothesis by running experiment; build and test your prototype

• Week 5 - Analyze data and draw conclusions; engineering iterations

• Week 6 - Make graphs and poster display

• Week 7 - Finalize report and practice presenting data

• Week 8 - Finalize project and present at Science Fair

Don’t forget to write your name, teacher and grade on the back of your project board.

If a student does not have internet access at home, please work with your teacher to obtain computer access in school. If this is not possible, a paper registration form, in English and Spanish, will be available.

Hints for Parents:

A science or engineering fair project reinforces reading, writing, logic, math, and creativity. The goal is that your child learns either the scientific method or engineering process through direct experience. It is best to guide and answer their questions with questions. You may know the answer, but help them discover it themselves. If the web is used for research, please verify the information is correct.

A journal or data notebook is part of the process. This is a requirement for all 5th grade projects at TSES, and projects without a notebook will not be considered for the district Fair. 

Although neatness is important, it’s not the main focus. Encourage your child’s artistic side with the display. For example, you can show how the use of color and shapes can show the importance of a part of the display. That said, everything on the display board should be legible, so typed sections are encouraged. If you do not have access to a printer at home, your student may print at school. 

Remember, this should be fun! Success is when your child asks their own question, completes their project with a smile, and knows more than when they started. Enjoy this time of discovery!

 

K-5th Grade Science and Engineering Fair Packet Trailside: TSES Science Fair packet K-5.pdf

How to Do Science or Engineering Project 2016.pptx

Engineering:   http://www.education.com/science-fair/engineering/http://www.livescience.com/38122-science-fair-project-topics.html, https://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project-ideas#browseallprojects

Science: http://school.discoveryeducation.com/sciencefaircentral/?pID=fair, http://pbskids.org/dragonflytv/buzz/sciencefairsavvy.html, http://www.all-science-fair-projects.comhttp://sciencefair.math.iit.edu, http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/categories/experiments/science-fair/https://sciencebob.com/category/science-fair-ideas/

 

Rubrics (We are using the same scoring sheets as 2016):

K-2nd Grade Rubric: TSESK-2Rubric2016.pdf

3rd Grade Rubric: TSES3rdEngineeringRubric2016.pdf; TSES3rdScienceRubric2016.pdf

4th and 5th Grade Rubric: TSES4-5EngineeringRubric2016.pdf; TSES4-5ScienceRubric2016.pdf

 

Please call or email if you have any questions!

General SEF Questions:

Susan Martin skammerd@hotmail.com

Paula Gellner paulagellner@gmail.com

Jen Brinton jbbrinton@icloud.com

 

 

Thank you for your support Teachers!

Thanks for supporting the Trailside Science & Engineering Fair.

All Trailside teachers have been pre-registered. 

Please help students who do not have computer access. To register them, use the drop-down menu above: Create Account> Student.

Here are some great resources if you need any for your students!

Science Buddies and Science Adventures are great sites to help you choose a topic: www.sciencebuddies.org and www.sciencefairadventure.com. The University of Utah Science and Engineering Fair site has tips, suggestions and mentor advice, https://usef.utah.edu/.

The following information packets also provide helpful information for planning your fair project.

Please email or call us if you have any questions!

Susan Martin skammerd@hotmail.com

Paula Gellner paulagellner@gmail.com

Jen Brinton jbbrinton@icloud.com

 

Judge Main Page

Welcome Trailside Elementary Judges !

Judges need to be at TSES Thursday, January 31st beginning at 8:00am.  There will be a light breakfast served from 8:00am until 8:45am.  Training begins at 8:10am, and judging begins at 8:30am.  For those judging K-3rd grade projects, we anticipate will be finished before noon.  For those judging 4th-5th grade projects, we ask that some of you stay until we finish (sometime before 2pm).

Thank you for choosing to make a difference in our children’s future!!

Feel free to contact me if you need any assistance: Susan Martin at skammerd@hotmail.com

Please register prior to the fair. Use the above drop-down menu: Create Account >Judge.

Science Fair - Judge Registration.pdf

  

The 4th and 5th graders are expected to produce upper level projects, with qualifying 5th graders moving on to the District/Salt Lake Valley competition and Nationals.  The 4th graders need to understand what they will be judged on next year and therefore are being judged under the same criteria.  Only strong projects will advance to the next level (District).  Students are allowed to make changes to their project before the District showcase, so your feedback can be of assistance in them getting a winning grade at the next level.

TSES4-5EngineeringRubric2016.pdf

TSES4-5ScienceRubric2016.pdf

 

Kindergarten through 3rd grades are also required to follow a rubric, but at a much different level of understanding.  We want to encourage their enthusiasm for science and engineering projects at this level above all else, whether they are technically-minded or not. 

TSESK-2Rubric2016.pdf

TSES3rdEngineeringRubric2016.pdf

TSES3rdScienceRubric2016.pdf

 

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