Students, parents and teachers share their winning science fair project ideas, stories and awards.

Science Experiments!

For some students, the science fair is coming up pretty soon, and it's high time they started thinking about some cool experiments. For other students, the science fair is a long way off, but even so, it's never too soon to start thinking about some cool experiments. Whether you need some ideas really soon, or whether you'll need some ideas down the road [...]

Not Everyone Hates The Science Fair!

Science Fairs get a lot of bad press these days, and I don't like it. Honestly? I think the only bad science fair is a science fair that a child is FORCED to enter every year. You heard me. The science fair should be 100% voluntary, most of the time.   Maybe it would be better if fifth grade, for example, was a [...]

The Fresh Prince of Science Fair

"The Fresh Prince of Science Fair" (To the tune of Will Smith's "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air") Now these are some lyrics all about when My board got judged with a pad and a pen. If you have a few seconds, just hang right there, I’ll tell you how I got a blue ribbon in the last science fair. In back of the library, past the [...]

A Behind the Scenes Look at Science Fair Judging

By Blog Editor Susan Wells A few weeks ago, I was asked to be a judge at a local middle school's 8th grade science fair. I was so excited to volunteer to take on title of Science Fair Judge for the first time. I had no idea what to really expect or how to perform my judging duties as I drove to the [...]

Science Fair 911 – What If My Results Are Wrong?

By Blog Editor Susan Wells We take a lot of calls during science fair season and throughout the year from students and their parents for help on projects. One question we receive more than most is a concern when the results of the project didn't support the hypothesis or have the intended outcome. Let's start with the hypothesis. What is a hypothesis? After you [...]

Science Fair 911 – Tips for Teachers

By Guest Blogger Debbie Leibold  So, you're about to assign science fair projects to your students… now what? No need to worry, the Spangler Science team has some tips to make the science fair fun, interesting, and educational for your students (and easier for you)! First and foremost, if you are excited about the science fair, your students are sure to share your [...]

Science Fair 911 – Tips for Students

By Blog Editor Susan Wells  Whether you are required to participate in your school's science fair or if you are trying to decide whether or not to volunteer to participate, the hardest part of getting started is finding a project. I have organized my school's science fair for several years now, and I have found that once the project is picked, the kids [...]

Science Fair 911 – Tips for Parents

By Guest Blogger Debbie Leibold  "It's science fair time!"  Those words cause many parents to panic and ask questions like, "How are we going to have time for this?"  "What experiment should my child do?"  "I have no science background--how am I going to help?"  "Where do we begin?" Don't panic... help is on the way.  Completing a science fair project is not [...]

Science Fair Judging – Why Didn’t I Win?

Dr, Maille Lyons, The Science Fair Coach Most of the time, when you don’t win, a science fair there isn’t any feedback on why your project was not selected as one of the best. Here is a list of the 5 most common reasons a project, that might otherwise seem like a “winner” does not even place in the top tier. 1. Violation: Gadgeteering Explanation: [...]

Science Fair 911 – Display Boards

By Blog Editor Susan Wells You've picked the perfect project, pulled together your materials and variables, conducted your experiment. You can see the finish line. But there is one last piece of the science fair project that remains...the project display board. I've been surprised in my working with students and their parents that the display board can make even the most confident scientists [...]