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Innovation Nation!!

posted Aug 20, 2015, 7:20 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Sep 9, 2015, 5:46 AM ]
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Tired of hearing about the discoveries of others and ready for some of your own? Is there a question or problem you have a mind to fix? Now is your chance. It is time to open your mind to possibilities and see what you can discover!!  


There are a number of areas you can pursue to compete including Biology, Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry and Environmental Science.


YOUR peers have already received copyright and patent pending, just this year!!

YOU could create the next great invention, the next amazing discovery, and this pursuit could be your career. And many contests lead to full scholarships and even thousands of dollars in cash! One great first step is the Science and Engineering Fair. The Fair is not just a great chance to practice your own science but it is also an opportunity to compete among peers in school, county, state and even international competitions.  This video describes the Gwinnett County Fair from last year: VIDEO. We will be following the county science fair format to prepare our projects, but what you discover can be used for a number of competitions:

Intel International
 
 Google Science Fair
 
 Siemens Westinghouse Competition
 
 Georgia Tech Inventure Competition

and more!


In the next two weeks, you will complete Part 1 of the science fair project- create a research plan for your experiment or project following the guidelines detailed below. Once your science teacher and your parents or guardians have signed off on your plan, you will then have the following several weeks to conduct your research and prepare your presentation for the Lanier Science and Engineering Fair in November.

For now let's just worry about the first two weeks.  Below is a brief summary of what is expected with due dates.


Deliverables:    

  1. Brainstorming during advisement Thurs, Fri Aug. 20-21  - should be recorded on your team site

  2. Research in ELA on Mon and Tuesday, Aug. 24-25
  3. Project Idea Document  and Annotated Bibliography (Due Weds. Aug 26)
  4. Materials, Procedures and Timeline (Due Weds. September 2)
  5. Final Research Plan (Due Wed. September 9) - you can simply create a summary page on your team site, and paste/type your summary on it. Teachers will review your sites for this information.

Links:

The following links will help you to prepare your project and generate ideas:


Official sites for paperwork, forms, rules:

How to do a Science Fair Project

Gwinnett Science and Engineering Fair


Sites of other competitions, and to generate ideas:

Science Buddies

Intel Society for Science and the Public

Google Science Fair

NASA/JPL Video Series: How to Do a Science Fair Project


Don't forget, science can be FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




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