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Tips On How To Prepare
For The Day of the Science Fair

Cool tips on how to prepare for
the day of your science fair
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Today you are going to the Science Fair!

Today is the BIG DAY!
You are prepared.
You are confident.

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Preparing for the Day of the Fair

You are ready to present your Science Fair Project ! ! !

Image of 1st Prize Ribbon Here is your 1st Prize ribbon in advance!
You deserve it for all your efforts.

See you at the top! -- Zig Ziglar

Is your science fair one where youíll have the chance to talk with the judges? If so, consider yourself lucky! When you have the opportunity to explain your project in person, you can create a positive impression with the judges and increase your chances of winning the competition.

Preparing For the Science Fair

A little preparation will go a long way.

Write a Brief Speech About Your Project.

  • Make the speech between 2 and 5 minutes long, summarizing:
    ► how you got the idea for the project
    ► how you conducted the experiment
    ► the results of the experiment and the conclusions you were able to draw
  • When you meet the judges, youíll give them this speech, so run through it enough times that you can deliver it with ease and confidence.
  • Judges want to know you understand the theory behind the project and why you got the results you did, so be prepared to answer their questions, even if they interrupt you in the middle of the speech. You can point to items on your display board that illustrate points that you are making.
  • Being prepared means studying your background research so you know it well.

  • What Will the Judges Ask You?

    ► How much help you received from others
    ► What problems you ran into and how you fixed them
    ► The three most interesting things you learned when doing this project
    ► Why this research is important
    ► What further research you would consider doing to this science fair project
    ► Read How Judges Think and more possible questions.

  • Practice explaining your project to a friend or family member. Are you using terms that are understandable to them? Can they understand your graphs and tables? If not, revise your explanation.
  • Create a list of questions and practice answering them.
  • Videotaping yourself during these practices can be helpful.

  • The Day of the Fair

  • Have Fun! That means to enjoy yourself and the experience. It does not mean to party. What it does mean is to relax and enjoy the "fruits of your labor".
  • Remember, you are not your project or your display board. The judges are evaluating your project, not you. They will be looking at how you present it in written, oral and graphic form.
  • Practice one more time what you are going to say to the Judges.
  • Dress your best. Make a first great impression with the judges. It reeeally makes a difference. Have your image represent the pride and confidence you have in yourself and the belief that you did an extraordinary, super, cool science fair project!

  •     ► Dress neatly and professionally. Leave the jeans at home!

  • Bring extra materials with you in case you have to fix up your display the last minute: scissors, tape, glue, letters, paper, table cloth.
  • Bring something to keep you quietly busy while the judge visits other booths - a puzzle, book, sketchpad, homework/li>

  • After you set up your display introduce yourself to the neighbors on either side of your booth. Act friendly and professional. Ask them about their project. It will help pass the time until the judge visits you.
  • Have someone take a picture of you in front of your display.
  • Stay next to your display at all times. You do not know when the judges will visit your display and you will not get a high score if you are not present to explain what you did. Besides, you do not want curious hands to handle your display. If you have to go to the bathroom, tell a teacher so that she can alert the judges. Come back as quickly as possible.
  • Keep your materials in order on the table in front of the display.
  • Stand when the judges talk with you. .
        ► Do not drink, chew gum, eat or slouch.
        ► Look the Judge directly in his/her eyes. <
        ► Give a firm, but not crushing, handshake.
        ► Speak clearly and enthusiastically.
        ► Be honest, if you don't know an answer, it's okay to say, "I don't know."
        ► Treat everyone you meet respectfully. Even someone who is not a scientist can be a valuable contact in the future.
  • Ask the Judges for feedback after the fair is over. . (If they donít have time right then, ask for permission to email them.) Itís great to receive compliments, but criticism is actually more valuable because it will help you make your project even better. Here are a couple of questions you can ask: "What could I do next time to improve my project?" "Do you know someone who would possibly help me expand this project?"
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    Image of cool science fair projects: Secret Files:
    When the day is over, after the judging takes place, find a private place where you can be by yourself. Close your eyes, take a deep breath through your nose and slowly blow the air out through your mouth. Then ask yourself ...

    "What did I learn from this experience?"
    Take another deep circular breath, pause, wait for an answer.
    Then write whatever comes to your mind in your Science Fair Lab Notebook.

    Close your eyes again, take a deep, circular breath and ask...
    "What would I do differently next time?"
    Take a deep breath, pause, wait for an answer.
    Then write the answer in your Cool Science Lab Notebook.

    Close your eyes again, take a deep, circular breath and ask...
    "What would I do the same next time?"
    Take a deep breath, pause, wait for an answer.
    Then write the answer in your Science Lab Notebook.

    Close your eyes again, take a deep, circular breath and ask...
    "What am I most proud about?"
    Pause and allow the answer to come to you.
    Then ask, "How does that make me feel"?
    Take a deep breath, pause, wait for an answer.
    Then write the answer in your Science Notebook.

    Now... put a smile on your face . . . you know, the one that comes from within and makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. When you have that special feeling of satisfaction, joy, happiness ... whatever you want to call that feeling ... literally pat yourself on the back, exuberantly, and enthusiastically proclaim outloud,

    "Congratulations, I did a greaaat job!"

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    Image of Detective ThinkMore Well, this is good-bye. We worked hard, we played hard together over the last few months.

    You are no longer a Rookie. You don't need your old sidekick, Detective ThinkMore, to lead you by the hand. Now you can call this event, "EASY, Cool Science Fair Projects"! BUT, stay in touch. There will always be new and exciting things I will be adding to this web site.

    At this moment you know practically everything that I know. So... next year you can start all over again, breezing through the project clues. BUT, stay tuned for more great info at Super Science Fair Projects -- there is something added every day.

    Remember the Free Online Science Fair Contest. All contestants will be given an opportunity to win prizes and have their very own web page with their project featured on the page.

    Let me know how it goes. Tell me about your experience at your science fair. I am really interested.

    Before I take leave, I want to personally congratulate you for doing an excellent job. And here is one of my favorite quotes...

    "There is nothing either good or bad,
    but thinking makes it so."
    William Shakespeare

    Well, that's it ! Signing off,
    Your Friend,
    Detective ThinkMore