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SCIENCE FAIR A HANDBOOK Dr. Kerryane T. Monahan Acknowledgments This guide was written with the generous support of the 2013 Morrison, Williams, Waldrop Summer Stipend Program at Saint Edward’s School. Table of Contents Overview………………………………………………………….………………………4 Value and Benefits of Science Fair……………………………………………………….5 Additional Opportunities and Science Fair Alternatives…………………………………6 Scientific Design/Method…………………………………………………………………8 Literature Review……………………………………………………….….……………10 Choosing a Project………………………………………………………...……………..11 Working in a Team……………………………………………..………………………..13 Working with a Scientist/Mentor………………………….….………………………….14 Conducting the Research and Experimentation…………….……………………………15 Designing your poster: Electronic vs. Board…………………………………………….16 Deadlines and Important Dates…………………………………………………………..19 Intel Paperwork…………………………………………………………………………..21 SRC/IRB Approval……………………………………………………………..………..23 Final Projects………………………………………………………………………...…..24 Grading of Science Fair Projects……………………………………………..………….25 Important and Useful Links………………………………………………….…………..26 Overview The mission of the Science Department is to provide a strong foundation in the biological and physical sciences through hands-on inquiry learning in the classroom, the laboratory and the field. Our goal is to develop future scientists and scientifically literate citizens through an emphasis on foundational content knowledge, critical analysis, and problem-solving. To achieve this goal, we have embedded a program of investigative and long-term research permitting students to deeply explore a topic of interest and to investigate through either discovery or experimental design beginning in the lower school and spanning through the upper school science courses. We have selected the Intel Science Fair program as our framework for scientific investigation. We

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