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2011 Science Fair Set for April 8! Save the date for Science!

Southwest Missouri Homeschool Science Fair

Friday, April 8
Library Center: Auditorium and Community Rooms A & B

This event will give students an opportunity to share their science projects with a community of fellow homeschoolers with the purpose of encouraging families to pursue quality, scientifically valid projects and receive mentoring and feedback from a guest panel of professional scientists.

Categories include experimental projects for older students and demonstrative displays for lower-elementary. Awards for all ages.

The schedule of events will take place as follows:

10:00-10:30 Students set up projects for display and judging

10:30-4:00 Fair open for public viewing.

10:30-3:30 Judging of projects.

4:00-5:00 Awards presentation and cleanup.

This year, students showing demonstrative displays (ages 9 and under) will be located in a separate exhibit space while older students with experiental projects are being judged in the auditorium. All exhibitors will be assigned a specific time at which your project will be judged. Entrants must be available to speak with judges individually during this time. Science-related activity tables will be setup for all ages to participate in some hands-on fun. Refreshments will be provided.

Cost for participation: $5 per exhibitor due with entry form

Age Categories and Rules:
Ages 9 and under: may display 1 project either demonstrative or a collection
Ages 10 and over: project MUST be experimental. One entry per student.

A panel of professional scientists and science educators will be judging the projects and providing feedback to the kids based on the following criteria: scientific accuracy and use of the Scientific Method; planning, effort, completeness; creativity; logic in process and presentation; technical skill; and knowledge of the subject. The current March 1 edition of The Independent Scholar area homeschool newspaper contains in-depth information and resources for science fair projects including judge's advice, project scoring rubrics, and entry forms.
email for forms and further information.

 Top prize for first place experimental division: $50 Gift Certificate to Home Science Tools