Synopsys Outreach Foundation

Science Fair 101

Science Fair 101 is only available to teachers at public schools and private
non-profit schools with 501(c)(3) status in Santa Clara County, CA

Dear Teachers,

Science Fair 101 is designed for parents with students developing a science project, especially those parents with little or no experience with science projects themselves. Science Fair 101 presentations run 45 minutes long (but can easily be customized to meet your school's specific needs), and are typically held in the evening for parents of students in grades K-6. It can be scheduled as its own event, or tied into a PTA meeting, Science Night, etc; that's up to you, the teacher!

The presentation includes an interactive walk-through of organizing the project board, a live demonstration of part of an experiment, and sharing of several ideas/resources for finding science project topics using house-hold items. This is an excellent opportunity to encourage parents to actively help their children while still keeping the project student-oriented.

Here's a video of a Science Fair 101 presentation from December 2012.

If you have already had a Science Fair 101 presentation and would prefer a more hands-on approach for your parents, we now offer a workshop that emphasizes identifying controls and variables that can be part of a science fair project. The workshop runs approximately 45 minutes long and features a quick overview of several household items that can be used in "science magic" experiments, then engages parents as they manipulate variables in one sample project to explore cause-and-effect relationships using vocabulary that will help them enable their students.

Interested in learning more? Want to schedule a Science Fair 101 presentation at your school? Fill out the form below and our entertaining Science Fair 101 presenter, Jennifer Claudio, will be in touch with you directly. Note: The presentations are in English, so please plan to provide your own language translator(s) if you think that your audience will need one.

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