2016-2017 Science Fair (Grades 7-8)

Corpus Christi School’s seventh and eighth graders participate in the Middle School Science Fair every year. This is a required activity for which the students receive a grade. The science teacher works with and guides the students to develop a hypothesis, design and execute an experiment and extrapolate a conclusion.  The process begins in October with the students selecting an experiment that is approved by the middle school science teacher.  The student’s science fair grade is equivalent to two test grades, and also includes an English grade for the outline they will compose on their science project.  The Middle School Science Fair will be held on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

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Ten students will be chosen after the science fair, held in spring 2017, to participate in the Diocesan Science Fair. Our students always do very well in this competition against other Diocesan elementary schools.

All Corpus Christi seventh and eighth grade students are required to participate. The purpose of the science fair is for students to experience the scientific method and explore subjects of interest. The science fair project provides the opportunity to practice project management skills that students will use throughout their lifetime. This project will require a large amount of time and in order to be successful should be planned for in manageable parts. There are defined due dates to help students manage the project. Requirements to participate are that students must be in Grades 7-8. This year the process will consist of the following sections:

  • 2016 Science Fair Due Dates
  • 2016-17 Science Fair Packet
  • Acknowledgement Form (Part of the Science Fair Packet) to be signed by the parent and student which lists parent and student responsibilities for the Science Fair.
    • Due Tuesday, October 11, 2016. Worth 2 Points.
  • Experiment Design Form-Mrs. Miller must approve the proposal.
    • Due October 24, 2016. Worth 20 Points.
    • Any suggested changes from Mrs. Miller must be made and resubmitted by October 31, 2016.
  • Keep a Logbook-this composition style book is a diary to record all activities and time spent on science fair.
    • Bring a BLANK logbook to class on October 31, 2016.   Worth 10 Points.
    • Do not even write your name on it.
  • Experiment Update Form-summary of library research progress. Use the library and Internet for Background Research-record bibliography information and brief summary in logbook. Record specific facts and information on loose-leaf or note cards. Research is used to understand the experiment topic and explain it in the Introduction and Final Report.
  • Due November 21, 2016. Worth 20 points.
  • Introduction and Bibliography-Introduction should be a minimum of one page using Times Roman size 12 font.  Margins should be no more than one inch top and bottom and 1.25 inches on the sides.
    • Due December 5, 2016  Worth a test grade, 75 points.  Five bonus points for turning this in early.
  • The Experiment
    • Should be completed by January 13, 2017.
    • There will be a log book check worth 10 points.
    • All experimentation should be completed at this point.
  • The Abstract
    • A draft is due January 26, 2017.
    • This will count as a quiz grade, 10 points.
  • Final Science Fair Report-complete report on your science fair project.
    • Due January 30, 2017.  
    • Worth a test level score for third quarter, 80 points.
  • Science Fair Display and Binder Due
    • This is worth a TEST GRADE, 55 points.

Required equipment or supplies: Students will need a composition book to use as a logbook for only science fair work, more details about using the logbook are included in the instructions document below. Students will also need to purchase any necessary materials to conduct the research data and build the display summarizing the process and data. In your logbook, specifically describe all materials and equipment. (Example: brand, lot number, expiration date, etc.) When you purchase supplies, buy more than enough to avoid switching batch or lot numbers.