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    Since 2016, Thornton Creek students have had the opportunity to display their scientific collections, experiments, inventions, and research projects with the entire Thornton Creek learning community. The information below is for the Spring 2020 Science Fair

    Image of science equipment with information about the Thornton Creek science fair. Information included in text below.

    Thornton Creek Science Fair
    April 1, 2020
    6-8 p.m. 
    Thornton Creek Commons

    All grades welcome. All students and families encouraged to attend and ask questions. 

    Sign up using this form (2019)

    Students should follow their interests and create a collection, invention, experiment, or research project. Think of it as a show and tell for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). All students should create a poster board display for their project. We will have poster boards available for a suggested donation of $5 (they are also available at Fred Meyer in Lake City).

    We will have information and mentoring sessions to brainstorm ideas and help with student projects. These sessions will occur at the following times in the Thornton Creek School Commons or the Thornton Creek School Library:

    6-7:30 p.m. March 11, 2020
    2:30-4 p.m. March 18, 2020

    We are recruiting TC graduates, Nathan Hale students and Thornton Creek family members to serve as student mentors at these sessions. These info and mentoring sessions are not mandatory, but we strongly recommend that participating students attend at least one session.

    As they view student displays, science fair visitors will be encouraged to ask questions of our young explorers. Fair visitors will also have the opportunity to write an appreciation of projects they visit.

    How can you help?

    1. Encourage your students to participate, and help them come up with appropriate projects.
    2. Volunteer to be a mentor. Commit to attend one or both of the info/mentoring sessions.
    3. Help with set up and clean up.

    Families are responsible for supervising their student at the mentoring sessions and at the Science Fair.

    Students will need parent or guardian permission to participate. A parent or guardian must also supervise their child at the science fair and at the Wednesday info/mentoring sessions. Students are asked to display their work on a tri-fold poster.

    Students who create a tool/device may demonstrate their tool or device during the fair.

    This packet has suggestions of the types of projects you might do, and suggestions on how to display your investigation on a poster. Feel free to exercise your artistic talents in your project or poster.


    Who can participate? How do I sign up? 
    Everyone. This is an extra-curricular activity to do at home. Parent permission is required to participate. See signup link above.

    What is expected?
    Each student will create a poster or a demonstration. See the poster description below. Poster display boards can be handmade or purchased at Fred Meyer or an office supply store. We have a limited number available for a $5 donation.

    Will projects be assessed?
    There are no assessments of student projects. Project fair visitors will have an opportunity to ask questions and write appreciations of our students’ displays.

    Are there any project topic guidelines? What types of projects can be presented?
    • Ignore grade level guidance in the linked project docs (any grade can do any type of project).
    • The pdfs in the links below are borrowed from LA school districts packets for science fairs.
    • Project display content must be appropriate for our school setting.

     COLLECTION (Collection Project Guidance) – You can display a collection of objects that interest you. Examples: What kinds of insects can be found in my backyard? What types of tree leaves can be found on my street? Where did I find my special rocks?

    EXPERIMENT (Experiment Project Guidance) – You can conduct an experiment to test an idea or question. You can ask a question, do some preliminary investigation/research, state a hypothesis (your best thinking about how your investigation will turn out), plan and conduct your experiment, and analyze your experiment results.

    INVENTION (Invention Project Guidance)- Everyone is an engineer! You can design an object/tool to address a real life need. Engineers observe a need, brainstorm possible design solutions, plan a design, create, build, and test their design.

    RESEARCH PROJECT (Research Project Guidance) – Consider a topic of interest to investigate. Gather information from print and the internet. Talk to people who know a lot about the topic you want to research. Your display could include drawings, photographs, charts, graphs, dioramas. Possible ideas to investigate: How does a solar cell work? How does a light bulb operate? How do clouds form?

    Possible ideas for a project:

    • Personal interests such as sports, hobbies, uses for a computer, Lego tools, and environmental issues.
    • Personal experiences from family travel, observation about events, trips to museums, favorite animals at the zoo, art work that fascinates you.
    • Family: family tree, where food I eat comes from, parents’/relatives’ professions.
    • Current events and news: social issues, discoveries, and natural disasters.

    Display Suggestions: 

    Image showing tri-fold posterboard with 12" min, 18" max side panels, and 36" min, 48" max center panel, with a 32" min, 48" max height. Minimum sizes are suggested, not required

    Image of tri-fold posterboard display, showing problem and hypothesis on left panel; title, research, drawings, photos, graphs and charts on center panel; and conclusion and report pocket on right panel. You may decide where to place these elements on your board, this example is to give you an idea of what a display board for a project might look like.

    Where can I learn more about ideas for science fair projects?