- Weber School District STEM Fair -
Junior STEM Fair will be held on Thursday, February 21st, 2019
Senior STEM Fair will be held on Friday, February 22nd, 2019
They will be held at the Weber County Fair Grounds. The junior fair will host students in grades 6-8 and the senior fair will host students in grades 9-12.
Winners will be announced February 28th and will be notified after the fair by invitation.
Registration must be completed online NO LATER than 3:30 P.M. on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8th.
Late registration will not be accepted!
Botany: Study of plant life. Agriculture, agronomy, horticulture, forestry, plant taxonomy, plant physiology, plant pathology, plant genetics, hydroponics, algae, etc.
Chemistry: Study of the composition of matter and laws governing it. Physical chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, materials, plastics, fuels, metallurgy, soil chemistry, etc.
Earth/Space Sciences: Study of the universe. Geology, mineralogy, physiography, oceanography, meteorology, astronomy, seismology, geography, geophysics, etc.
Engineering: Technology projects that directly apply scientific principles practical uses. Civil, mechanical, manufacturing, aeronautical, chemical, electrical, sound, automotive, heating and refrigerating, transportation, environmental engineering, etc.
Environmental: Study of pollution sources and their control. Ecology, recycling, reclamation, restoration, composting, acid rain, affects of pollution, etc.
Energy and Transportation: The study of renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, clean transport, and alternative fuels. The design of aircraft and space vehicles and the direction of the technical phases of their manufacture and operation, Any method of powering an engine that does not involve petroleum (oil). Some alternative fuels are electricity, hythane, hydrogen, natural gas, and wood, Energy from a hydrocarbon deposit, such as petroleum, coal, or natural gas, derived from living matter of a previous geologic time and used for fuel, Renewable energy sources capture their energy from existing flows of energy, from on-going natural processes such as sunshine, wind, flowing water, biological processes, and geothermal heat flows.
Math/Physics: Development and application of numerical computations\ theories, principles and laws governing energy also includes computer sciences. Calculus, geometry, abstract algebra, number theories, statistics, complex analysis and probability. Solid state, optics, acoustics, superconductivity, fluid and gas dynamics, thermodynamics, magnetism, quantum mechanics, biophysics and states of matter, computer programming, computers in general etc.
Medical: Study of disease and health of humans and animals. Dentistry, pharmacology, pathology, ophthalmology, nutrition, sanitation, dermatology, allergies, speech and hearing, etc.
Microbiology: Biology of microorganisms. Bacteriology, virology, protozoology, fungi, bacteria, yeast, etc.
Social/Behavioral: Study of human & animal behavior and relationships. Psychology, sociology, anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, learning, perception, public opinion surveys, effects of stress, conditioned responses, etc.
Zoology: Study of animals. Animal genetics, ornithology, entomology, animal ecology, paleontology, cytology, histology, animal physiology, invertebrates, etc
Teacher Info and Documents
Weber STEM Fair Judging Rubric (science) - (Math/Engineering) *This will be used to select ISEF participants as well as placement within the fair.
This section is meant to give you as a teacher resources to run a fair at your school.
In order to help with this Word documents are attached so that individual teachers can adjust final dates and other specifics for their students. Feel free to keep your own copy of these forms and make alterations as needed.
Proposal- This form contains information required for an initial research proposal. This includes a problem/question, some initial research of the material that has been published on the topic, a tentative hypothesis, and identification of the independent, dependent, and controlled variables as well as constants and control groups as needed.
Proposal Rubric - potential grading scale for the Proposal
Research Plan - Information on the second installment of the project. This includes the Proposal with errors corrected, a materials list, detailed procedures, and information on what the data might look like. For senior fair participants (Grades 9-12), there is also a reference to ISEF forms which are required for all international projects BEFORE experimentation begins. *HINT* Instructions should be written in future tense - "I will ....." rather than "I did ....."
Research Rubric - potential grading information for the Research Plan
Written Report- Specific instructions and information on the writing of the project report AFTER everything has been done. This follows the Davis Lab Write-up Format. The rubric is at the bottom of the paper so a fill-in form works fine for record.
Oral Presentations - Information for creating and presenting a powerpoint presentation of the project. This would be included with an interview or presentation to the class orally. The included rubric is similar to the one used at the Davis District Fair and could be used for your school fair judging rubric.
All Science Fair registrations must be completed online. Go to the link below to register your project.
Junior Fair (6th-8th grade) Registration-- School's can register 10% of the total population for each grade level at your school. (For example if your school has 300 7th grade students you can register 30 students 7th grade students).
Senior Fair (9-12) Registration--There is not registration limit.
It is important that students follow the rules for the Weber STEM Fair as any violations could result in disqualification. Any project with rule violations will not be considered for awards or advancements. All students will also need to fill out the appropriate forms. You can find links to all the rules and forms you will need below.
Rules and Guidelines
Please make sure you look toward the bottom of the page under the Rules Index section
Look under the 2018 Forms section, all forms are in .pdf format
Student Resources & Documents
The most important thing with doing a science fair project, is to be interested in what you are researching. If you are curious about something, do some research on your topic and figure out ways to test it! Don't get disappointed when your experiment doesn't work. To quote Adam Savage of Mythbusters: "Failure is ALWAYS an option!"
There are three levels of ideas:
Level 1 - something related to the core on the list provided. Basically you are just working for a grade.
Level 2 - working from your own idea. This might be really good or not. It should at least be on the same level as the list of ideas
Level 3 - creating a project that can place and do well at competitive science fairs; this will require that you work with a science teacher to really do as well as you"d like
Here is a list of ideas for projects. These are related to any science core idea. These are Level 1 and Level 2 projects. You might even be able to turn one of these ideas into a Level 3 project. (possible ideas)
You are probably a little nervous and hopefully excited about your science fair project. There are a couple of pointers to doing a good project.
Pick a project you are interested in. If you don"t care about the project, nobody else will either.
Make sure YOU do your project, not your parents. There have been projects done in the past that look really great, and have wonderful information and science, but the presenter (that"s you) can"t answer questions, because he or she didn"t do the project.
Don"t put things off until the last minute. If you want to test bugs or plants outside, you need to do your project before Halloween!!! Hey this is Utah, home of the unpredictable weather.
It is okay to redo your procedures differently. Good scientists are always changing how they do things. As long as you record your changes to your general procedure, and what the results are you are safe!
REPEAT your experiment. Do your experiment AT LEAST 3-5 times. When it comes to science, more data is better. If you don"t repeat your experiment, your sample size needs to be huge. (Think of numbers like 100!)
Type your proposal, research plan, and written report on the computer. That way when you start building your powerpoint or board, all you need to do is copy and paste. It would be good if your graphs are done using something like excel as well.
Here are some things that will help you with your final project.
Abstract Information - at higher levels of science fairs you write a summary of your project. Here are some guidelines and examples. This is especially important if you are competing at the senior fair.
Powerpoint Template - this is a blank powerpoint with the titles and general format on it. You can add or subtract slides as you go. Keep the text simple and to the point. No more than 8 lines per slide in 5 bullets or less. Also keep your background simple, not rainbows in eye-searing colors.
Here are some sample projects to help you see how to layout on your finished project.
Here are some resources to help you along the way: