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What will the Science Fair Judge ask me??

This time of year, many students are preparing for an actual science fair competition. Most fairs have an interview portion, when the student will explain their project to one or more judges. This will make most students nervous – so the more prepared they are, the better this will probably go. QUICK TIPS: When the … Continue reading »

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What do I do with my data??

This time of year, most of the questions I get focus on how to graph the data collected. If you are trying to decide between a line graph and a bar graph… it usually is not your choice. The type of data and type of project dictate what, mathematically, you are “allowed” to do. Here … Continue reading »

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What will the Science Fair Judge ask me?

Judges are the “referees” in the sport of science fair. As with most refereed sports, the losing teams will often blame the referees for failure and, in some cases that is the case, and in other cases you just got beat. Since there is no appeal process, no coach’s challenge, and no instant replay for … Continue reading »

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There’s no crying in Baseball … or in the Science Fair

Science fairs should be educational, exciting, and tons of fun, but — more often than not — they result in heartache and, if you have competitive kids like mine, in tears. Generally only 1 to 3 kids will place and the rest will go home having no idea why they weren’t selected as one of … Continue reading »

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Scientific American Guest Blogs

Periodically, I post blogs on the Scientific American Guest Blog. http://www.scientificamerican.com/ Here are examples: 3 Strategies for an Original Science Fair project idea: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2011/11/21/3-strategies-for-an-original-science-fair-project/ How to answer the 5 most common questions from a science fair judge: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2011/12/16/how-to-answer-the-5-most-common-questions-from-a-science-fair-judge/ Anatomy of a science fair project: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2012/01/12/anatomy-of-a-science-fair-project/

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Observations from a science fair judge…

Today I read 300 science fair project boards, and was saddened to find only 4 original ideas. All of the others were ideas from the internet including: how much iron is in cereal, which ball bounces higher, what color do plants grow best in, which music makes plants grow the most, how much vitamin C … Continue reading »

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Top 10 Questions from a Science Fair Judge

Here is a list of the top 10 questions mostly likely asked by a science fair judge during the interview process. Thinking about clear and concise answers beforehand will score you points with any judge. I also included hints on what type of information the judge is really looking for: 1. Where did you get … Continue reading »

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5 answers that science fair judges DO NOT want to hear

Unfortunately, these are real examples from Science Fairs that I have judged: 1. Question: Where did you get this idea? Answer: My sister did it last year and won! 2. Question: What was your control? Answer: I was in control the whole time – I promise! 3. Question: How did you make this pie chart? … Continue reading »

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