NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has just released a video series designed to take teachers, students and parents through the sometimes mystifying process of crafting a science fair project. This six-part video series features JPL scientist Serina Diniega, engineer Arby Argueta and educator Ota Lutz, who team up to take viewers step by step through the project design process, from generating an idea to communicating the final results in an attractive display. Visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/sciencefair/ to watch the series, download related resources and to find notes for teachers and parents.
never to early to begin thinking about and working on your science
fair project ideas! The following resources, tips, and ideas have
been gathered to help you along your way. Let's start with the
purposefor doing a science fair project…
What is the purpose
of the AAE Festival of Science or
the Regional and State Science Fairs?
for writing a Bibliography
or reference list for your science project. documenting your science
for writing an acceptable Abstract
for your science project. Here is an example and here is another example.
out, fill out and attach this Label
to the back of your science project display board.
this 'common' "Project
Rubric" to self-assess your project before putting on
the "final touches" and turning it in. Here is a copy of the form we use to assess student science projects (we are in the process of developing forms for technology, engineering and math projects [1/2016]).
Here are some templates for laying out a project display board: Example 1 (a handout from a SoCal school district), example 2 (3 NGSS CCSS based samples)
for planning the AAE Science Festival
AAE Community Science Festival: What, How, When, Where, Then What?...
AAE Community STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Festival: What, How, When, Where, Then What?...
WHAT: The AAE school community hosts only one K-12 'STEM Festival' each year [new since the 2014-2015 school year and in the process of being redesigned to accommodate being on once campus as of the 2015-16 school year and the application of the new NGS Standards].
HOW: Each grade level can 'elevate' up to 8 'quality' student projects for consideration and display at the annual 'AAE Community STEM Festival'. By late January each year, each grade level will select a team to identify, by the first week of February, the students and their projects that will represent their grade level by being 'elevated' for display at the 'AAE Community STEM Festival' in early to mid-February. Here is a copy of the rubric that we use to assess the qualifications and quality of student work for a 'science project'. Rubrics for technology, engineering and math based projects will be created soon by using a PLC K-12 science team approach (1/2016).
WHEN:The 'AAE Community STEM Festival' will be held during the third week of February each year on the Mojave River Campus [generally mid-week on a Wednesday].
WHERE: The 'AAE Community STEM Festival' will be held in the C-100 Library space [until further notice]. Projects will be available for display from 5:30-6:00 pm on the evening following their judging. Awards will be given out in the C Building @ 6:00pm.
THEN WHAT?: Generally, the AAE annually receives an opportunity to 'elevate' six of the best 4th through 12th grade students and their projects, to display their work together with other student representatives from Riverside, Inyo, Mono and San Bernardino (RIMS) counties at the annual 'Inland Science and Engineering Fair' (ISEF). This event is generally held during the 1st week of April (which falls during the 2nd week of the AAE's 'Spring Break'). Student and their projects that are 'elevated' to this honor, will need to complete a written and online application (along with their parent's and teacher's assistance) by the 5:00 pm Friday of 2nd week of March [this deadline varies from year to year and need to be verified by early February each year before the application period opens [generally on a Tuesday during the 2nd week of February]. Current RIMS ISEF materials can be found at one of these websites (please note that they are updated annually with new materials by late Fall each year): SBCSS , RCOE.
Historically, the AAE (for grades 4-12) is given only 6 project 'slots' or opportunities to enter 6 worthy project to the INLAND SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR (ISEF).
Some 'common', 'past' ISEF
and 6-12 categories. Please encourage students to view this list
before picking project. Categories that have the fewest entries
have a greater chance of winning higher recognition.
The current RIMS 'INLAND SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR' materials can be found at one of these websites (please note that they are updated annually with new materials): SBCSS , RCOE.
Resources to be looking for include the most current:
Regulations and Information
Packet (generally a '.pdf' file) which can be found here.
Here is a link to a 'practice' copy (Google.doc) of the online RIMS Science Fair Student Project Application. Feel free to make a copy and modify it for your use if you would like.
This will include the Student Projects
Entrance Application. This application generally is downloadable and can be used by all students in both divisions 4th
to 5th grade and
6th-12th grade) as a 'pdf'' (.pdf). Note, as stated above, both an on-line registration application and a hard-copy of the application need to be submitted if a student project is to be entered in the fair. The handwritten copy will need to be given to the AAE's science coordinator for your school. At the AAE (grades 4-12) [currently Mr. Huffine]. Also, please note that student projects for the grades K through 3rd grade can not be entered into the ISEF. Students in the 4-5 grade band can enter their projects, but will not need to stay for an interview. Students in the 6-12th grade band can enter their projects and will need to stay to be interviewed.
Students' Guide to Participation, (generally a '.pdf' file)in the annual Inland Empire
Science & Engineering Fair. Note, this is a 2013-14 more recent versions are difficult to understand and contained information that was not directly helpful to students and parents.
StudentSchedule and Map/Event Day(one used for the 2014-15 event) will generally look like this and will be made available closer to the day of the evnt for the upcoming RIMS Science & Engineering Fair
RIMS ISEF 'Key Dates' outline for the upcoming event in San Bernardino can be found here.
The Annual IESEF for students representing schools in Inyo, Mono and San Bernardino counties is held at the National
Orange Show, Damus Building,
689 South E Street,
San Bernardino, California during the first week of April each year. For the timing of this year's event go here for the most updated information (generally in the 'Key Events' document (a .pdf). The 4-12h grade awards presentation is generally held the next day at the same location between 6:00-7:30 pm. in the Renaissance Building.
For the latest information regarding this year's ANNUAL
INLAND SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR the current materials can be found at one of these websites (please note that they are updated annually with new materials): SBCSS , RCOE.
Required Science Fair Forms...
Any RIMS Inland
Empire Science and Engineering Fair project application will need the following Certification
FORMS IF your project...
Used Human Subjects... Guidelines of
Compliance of Research Involving Human Subjects,
Form:Certification of Compliance of Research Involving Human Subjects
Used Living Organisms...Guidelines of
Humane Treatment of Live Vertebrate Animals,
Form Name: Certification of Humane Treatment of Live Vertebrate Animals
Used Living Tissues... Guidelines of
Tissue Sample Source
NOTE: The forms provided above are copies of ones used for past science fair events. For the current forms find and download the current versions of the 'REGULATIONS AND INFORMATION PACKET' from the SBCSS or RCOE websites.
Online Registration for RIMS & State Science Fair Information
during the 2nd week of February and closes during the 1st or 2nd week of March @ 4:00 pm.
PLEASE NOTE: Generally this link is NOT/Open available until Mid-February each year.
The signup fee (not entry) for
the 'elevated' students and their projects has been $40/student payable to SBCSS.
in grades 4th thru 12th can register
on-line at this link (Note: this link is only activated and up-to-date during the open registration period). A practice .pdf 'hard copy' of the Google Doc used for the 2014-2015 registration can be found here.
Note: A 'hard copy' of the online Application does
not replace your on-line registration. Both need to be completed! Please give your teacher a 'hard copy' of your online registration application. The 'division' breakdowns are:
Division (grade 4-5th grade)
Division (grade 6-8th grade)
Division (grade 9-12th grades
are require for online registration. Here
are some examples to help guide you in writing yours.