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The purpose for encouraging students to complete long term projects such as the science fair project is to give students the opportunity to research problems or explore a topic in a systematic scientific way. Another benefit of such a project is that they also require students to integrate and apply the skills they have learned in language arts, math, and science. Furthermore, such projects allow students the opportunity to express their curiosity, creativity, and ingenuity. The fact that competition is involved in the school fairs should not overshadow the basic reason for the project. The primary goal is student learning.

Science Fair
Parent Information

Important Dates

School-wide Science & Social Studies January 13, 2017

LHMS Expo Fair January 2017

School Social Studies & Science Fair
Ceremony Friday, January 2017 at 2:00

Regional Science Fair, February 2017, in Hammond, LA
(Note: The school registers students and pays the fee
for students winning in the school science fair.)

Guidelines for Parental Involvement

Long term projects such as the social studies fair project requires parental involvement. To help parents and students understand how much and what type of parental help is permitted, the following guidelines have been adopted:

1. Parents may type project backboard information and report from the child's handwritten final draft.

2. Parents can proofread a student's work, but corrections should be made by the child.

3. Computer generated graphs are not required and do not necessarily improve a student's chance of winning. They are permitted. However, the student must be involved in the process. Parents may guide students through the use of difficult computer programs. Students should make the final decisions about the graph type.

4. Artwork should be the work of the child.

5. The parent may assist the child in creating a visually appealing backboard. For example: help with measuring, cutting, pasting, hot gluing, and placement.

6. Topic selection should reflect the interests of the child.

7. Research, design, and implementation of experimental procedure should be completed by the student. The parent's role is to provide the resources and direction necessary.

8. The parent's role is to reinforce project guidelines established by the teacher.

Science Fair Helps

Need Help Finding a Good Problem/Topic?
Helpful Links

Science Fair Project Ideas from education.com - Lots of ideas for science fun at home, at school, and ideas for science fair projects.

National Student Research Center - Created by St. Tammany Parish's own Dr. John Swang, the NSRC site provides the student with valuable information pertaining to doing scientific research. Make sure you check out the E-Journal of Student Research: Science! It contains scientific investigations done by students across the country for the last ten years! You may find a good idea/problem for your own project.

Science Fair Central - Some topic ideas!

KidSpace - The Interent Public Library - References to just about anything, including information on Science Fairs.

All Science Fair Projects - Over 500 free science fair ideas

Science Fair Projects World - A Large collection of Hundreds of Free Illustrated Science Fair Projects Ideas and Science Project Experiments for Elementary School, Middle School & High School. All the projects are Illustrated with high-quality dagrams and easy to follow instructions.

Science Bob's Science Fair Ideas - Ideas to get you started!

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