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 [...]

How is a Science Fair Judged and Tips for Science Fair Success

Dr, Maille Lyons, The Science Fair Coach How is a Science Fair Judged? It might surprise you to learn that there are no rules on how a science fair must be judged.  In an ideal situation, all science fair judges would review all of the projects, and then interview all of the students, and then come to an agreement on the ranking of the [...]

Science Fair 911 – Demonstrations vs. Experiments

By Blog Editor Susan Wells When I was growing up, my school did not do a science fair. I had never been to a science fair until my oldest was in kindergarten. All I knew was it had something to do with baking soda volcanoes. Fast forward several years, and I now organize the science fair and encourage kids to get involved. Through [...]

Science Fair 911 – Choose a Topic & Project Ideas

By Guest Blogger Debbie Leibold  Sometimes the hardest part of the entire science fair is figuring out what you want to do for your project. I know from personal experience with my own sons that it is easy to fall into the trap of thinking you have to do something amazing in order to make the project worthwhile. My sons' best projects [...]

Science Fair 911 – Don't Sweat the Science Fair We Are Here to Help

By Blog Editor Susan Wells It's January and it's Science Fair season. The keywords, "science fair projects," "easy science fair ideas," and "science fair help" are some of the top searched terms on Google in the month of January as students and their parents get online to look for help on their science fair projects. Participating in the school science fair is a fantastic [...]

Parents – Don't Fear the Science Fair

It’s that time of year again. Snow is melting, temperatures are starting to rise a bit and your child has to work on a science fair project. The dreaded science fair project. The goal of the science fair is to teach the scientific method and give students insight into how to theorize, set up, perform and draw conclusions from an experiment. But it’s so much [...]

Science Fair becomes Endangered in Hawaii

The Hawaii Academy of Science wraps up their annual science fair today - a science fair that almost didn’t happen. As part of its spending cuts, the state of Hawaii eliminated $250,000 in annual funding that financed school, district and state science fairs that then sent winners onto international competition. The academy hosted a fund raising drive to help save the science fair [...]