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    Science fairs have the potential to be a rich learning experience, bringing out the very best of student creativity and curiosity. Often they are fraught with sighs, nervousness and unsupportive comments from home.

    Thank you. I have new ideas to add to our annual science fair.

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    Join Andrea Soanes and Greta Dromgool from the Science Learning Hub team in this recorded session to help flip the science fair flunk into what could be your school's best science fair year yet! We will highlight the important components for ensuring quality learning, explore the links to the science capabilities and nature of science and also share some inspiring outcomes.

    This session will be valuable for both primary and secondary school teachers.

    You can download the video and slideshow presentation.

    Thank you, as a newbie, I am very grateful!

    Participant

    Index

    Topic

    Slideshow number(s)

    Video timecode

    Introducing the Science Learning Hub and presenters

    1–2

    00:00

    Purpose

    3

    01:49

    Index

    4

    02:29

    What is the purpose of a science fair?

    5–7

    02:41

    Health, safety and ethics

    8

    08:55

    Finding a good fit

    9

    12:29

    What’s in a name?

    10

    25:31

    Figuring out what project to do

    11–13

    28:14

    Planning and useful tools

    14–17

    36:36

    Get inspired

    18–19

    41:28

    SLH links, keep in touch and thanks

    20

    41:40

    We encourage you to join our discussion about science fairs in our online forum on Slack. In this forum we share and discuss ideas and share resources.

    Related content

    A big part of science fairs is developing an understanding of the Nature of science. Have a look at our topic to find out more.

    Read these stories of some previous New Zealand science fair winners.

    The Connected article Winning ways: presenting scientific data shares some important ideas for presenting science fair learning.

    Useful links for science fairs

    This Safety and Science guide is a great place to learn more about keeping students safe.

    The New Zealand Association of Science Educators has some useful information and links about animal ethics.

    The Royal Society runs an excellent programme called CREST. Have a look at their human ethics resources.

    To find out about science fairs in New Zealand check out NIWA’s science fair page

    More resources for planning a science fair are available on various regional websites, for example the Auckland Science and Technology fair.

    See our Science fair investigations Pinterest board for more science fair inspiration.

      Published 3 March 2020 Referencing Hub articles