The Fraser Valley Regional Science Fair welcomes projects from students from kindergarten through grade 12, from public and private schools and from homeschoolers in our region.
Kindergarten – Grade 6 projects
Kindergarten - Grade 6 projects are displayed on their school’s table(s). Projects are not judged for gold, silver or bronze, but all are awarded a recognition ribbon. In addition, any students nominated by the classroom teacher for a special award are interviewed by a judge.
Kindergarten – Grade 3 teachers often work on whole-class or small group investigations. Recent examples: a kindergarten study of bird feeder visitors in the schoolyard; a grade 2 class investigation of forces-and-motion, with small groups presenting their findings on a single backboard. Such guided investigations model good scientific practice and show students the steps in exploring and presenting a topic: thinking of a project, making observations, collecting and recording information, doing background research, and creating a backboard.
Grades 4 - 6 teachers also are encouraged to present such group projects at the science fair. Recent examples: an environmental club’s restoration of a local streambank environment; small group inquiries on the topic of weather. Presentation of these projects and of class involvement in programs such as Salmonids-in-the-Classroom and Skywatchers showcase school-based science initiatives in the community.
Many teachers guide their Grade 4-6 students as they work alone or in pairs on individually chosen topics. At this level, investigations are usually not original research, as expected at the Grade 7-12 level; instead of original experiments, studies, and innovations/inventions, younger students prepare demonstrations, reports and models of commonly understood science topics. Examples: a demonstration of buoyancy; a report on polar bears and the threats to their survival due to global warming; a model of how a submarine works. Such projects help younger students develop the basic skills of investigation: locating good sources of information; making good choices about materials to work with; collecting and presenting information and data; organising their findings; creating attractive displays (backboards) to present what they have learned. Older or more experienced students extend their skills: asking original questions; investigating the topic rigorously; presenting data precisely; displaying their findings convincingly.
Grade 7 – 12 projects
Students who have guided experiences in the younger grades are well prepared to enter the Fraser Valley Regional Science Fair at the Junior (Grade 7-8), Intermediate (grade 9-10) and Senior (grade 11-12) levels, where they present projects based on original research: original experiments, studies, and innovations/inventions. They are judged, awarded ribbons and special awards if nominated by their teachers, and are eligible to be chosen to represent the region at the Canada-Wide Science Fair.
We wish you and your students excitement, enjoyment and satisfaction as you work on science fair projects together.
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