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Virtual Science & Engineering Fair

Submissions accepted March 22 & 23, 2021

Scientific Inquiry (AKA Science Fair)

Open on a competitive basis for students in grades 6-12. Must have a teacher recommendation to attend. Through the virtual STEM Showcase, Open to student teams and groups non-competitively in grades TK-5.

Scientific Inquiry (AKA Science Fair)

Definition: Scientific Inquiry is the basic experimentation category and covers Scientific Methodology, Research, Hypothesis, Experimental Design, Data Collection, and Analysis.

This is a competitive category for students in grades 6-12. Up to six students in grades 6-12 are selected to represent Tuolumne County at the State Science Fair. There is a non-competitive category for students in grades TK-5. Teacher recommendation is required.

Requirements: A successful Scientific Inquiry entry must have the following:

  • Scientific method must be utilized
  • Ask a testable question
  • Research the topic
  • Make a hypothesis about the outcome based on the research or their own knowledge
  • Design the investigation
  • Conduct the investigation
  • Collect Data
  • Make sense of the data and draw a conclusion
  • Present their findings for peer review
  • An electronic display (with slides, videos, and/or .pdf documents)must address all elements of the scientific method, must include visuals that help and not detract from the presentation.
  • Project display must be viewer friendly and safe
  • Students must submit the following: Virtual project with an electronic or hand-written notebook and abstract (forms are located in the handbook)

Additional judging is based on the following:

  • The scientific method shows the completeness of thought and cause and effect are clearly explained
  • The Inquiry relates to broader scientific principles, real-world applications
  • The idea for investigation is original or innovative
  • The procedure, materials, trial length, etc. are innovative or creative in approach