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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can enter the Lakeridge Science Fair?
  • My child is a Kindergartner. Is she too young to participate?
  • What if my child just wants to present his rock collection or his pet snake?
  • What if my child does not want to participate? Could we just come and visit?
  • Do I have to pay to enter?
  • Is Lakeridge Science Fair a competition?
  • Do I have to volunteer at the Science Fair?
  • I am not a “science-type” of parent, so my children should not enter the science fair since I cannot help. True?
  • Could I just have my child go directly to Science Fair after school?
  • Could my child do a project with his or her friends?
  • Where can I get a poster board for presentation?
  • I need some project ideas. What should I do?
  • My experiment failed. What should I do?
  • Can I still change my topic after registration?

Q: Who can enter the Lakeridge Science Fair?
A: All Lakeridge students (K-5) may enter the Lakeridge Science Fair.

Q: My child is a Kindergartner. Is she too young to participate?
A: We have several kindergarteners present their projects each year.

Q: What if my child just wants to present his rock collection or his pet snake?
A: Many students start out by presenting his/her collections. Once they observe other projects and realize that most projects are not perfect, many will be encouraged to try an experiment on their own the following year.  Please note that live animals require prior approval of the Science Fair Committee.

Q: What if my child does not want to participate? Could we just come and visit?
A: You can just come and enjoy the fair. There will be food, beverages and science-themed entertainment. They will learn something just from visiting their friends’ presentations. There will also be hands-on exhibits they can try.

Q: Do I have to pay to enter?
A: No. There is no entry fee. However, we do have a project board and t-shirt fundraiser to support Science Fair.

Q: Is Lakeridge Science Fair a competition?
A: Lakeridge Science Fair is non-competitive. Everyone is a winner! Every student will receive a one-on-one time with a judge, certificate, and a ribbon or medal. Currently, we have no plans to have a competitive track.

Q: Do I have to volunteer at the Science Fair?
A: Yes. Lakeridge Science Fair is completely run by parent volunteers. We need your help to run the event, therefore at least one volunteer per family is REQUIRED.  If you cannot help out at the event, there are other “behind the scenes” volunteer positions. Please contact the Lakeridge Science Fair co-chairs for other volunteer opportunities.

Q: I am not a “science-type” of parent, so my children should not enter the science fair since I cannot help with the projects. True?
A: Wrong. You can ask everyday questions and come up with your unique way of answering your own question. That is what makes science fun: the freedom and independence to do what you want. So let the child ask the question, and let them come up with their own way of figuring it out. Let’s teach them science is fun by not being intimidated by “science”.

Q: Could I just have my child go directly to Science Fair after school?
A: Unless you are there to supervise him/her, please do not have the child come to Science Fair directly from school. The volunteers will be busy setting up before the fair and cannot be responsible for the safety of your children.

Q: Could my child do a project with a friend?
A: Yes. Partner entries are accepted at the Science Fair. Make sure that each child can explain the project and had a share in the experimental part of the project (for example, not just the assembling of the poster).

Q: Where can I get a poster board for presentation?
A: You can order a project board during online entry or purchase them from Office Depot, Michaels, etc. Our project board has a title board for added stability.

Q: I need some project ideas. What should I do?
A: Check out the Project Examples page for a step-by-step example and links to other websites. Then, check out the previous entries page for prior years’ projects to give you an idea of what past students have done.

Q: My experiment failed. What should I do?
A: Negative results are just as important as positive results. Many scientific discoveries come from “failed experiments”. Think about why it failed. What does that mean? What would you do differently next time? We are just as excited to see your negative results.

Q: Could I still change my topic after I turned in my entry form?
A: Of course! Please let the committee know at sciencefair@lakeridgepta.org as soon as you make your decision.

 

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