Call For Participation



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It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the Langston Hughes Elementary School Science Fair for 2011. We understand that sometimes, it is a little intimidating to compete in a science fair for the first time. So, we would like to take this opportunity to assure you that you and your child can have a great time completing the project while learning about all the science that is around us in our everyday lives. Here are our top ten lists to help you and your child out.
1) Get a display board. Find one that fits within the 15” x 32” allotted space. They are sold at most office supply and craft stores as well as at some Target and Wal-Mart stores.
2) Keep it simple While you do not want you project to be too simple, it is important that you not let it expand beyond a manageable point.
3) Spread the work out… plan ahead. Help your child plan when they are going to complete each step of the project a little at a time so you are not frantically finishing the night before the Science Fair.
4) Keep you child interested. Exploring, researching, and reading about a topic that piques your child’s curiosity will encourage him/her to want to learn more and allow that idea to develop into a quality science fair project!
5) Google is your friend. The internet is your best source for possible science projects… there are many form which to choose! Just because someone else did it before does not mean that your child learned from it. Science is all about the ability to repeat results!
6) Keep display props to a minimum. You only have 15 x 32 inches on the table to display your project; so, pictures on your display board are a great way to demonstrate how you used your props and testing apparatus.
7) Use index cards to list and display information form key areas of scientific. Organizing the project in such a manner where the following areas are clearly delineated will not only sand out on the display but make writing the report that accompanies the project much easier: Purpose/Introduction, Hypothesis, Procedure (materials and methods), Results, and Conclusion.
8) Less is more. Ensure display is neat and organized… excessive decoration at times detracts from the information trying to be presented.
9) Remember. This is the student’s project! Parents should use their best judgment when deciding how much help is appropriate. The goal is for the student to experience the scientific process… the more they do, the better the learning.
10) MOST IMPORTANT… HAVE FUN! Do your best and do not get stressed! Even if the hypothesis turns out to be false, you still proved something and it is important information. Science is just as much about knowing what is NOT than just what IS! Good luck!!


For answers to any further questions… please e-mail xwchen@ku.edu


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