GWCHE 2013 Science Carnival Rules and Guidelines

Welcome to the Science Carnival. We hope this event helps bring science education visibility and relevance in a world with ever-changing technology. It is our intention to give our students some ideas on possible future careers or fields of study and to impart a love of learning.

We’ve put together a small set of guidelines to help students navigate their way to a successful project and to have fun along the way.

Getting Started

The hardest part of a science project is getting started. Getting the germ of an idea and allowing it to grow into a topic is hard to do.

Here are just a few of what we hope might be some helpful suggestions:

  • Find something you’re interested in – you need to find something you enjoy, a question you’ve always wanted answered. If you pick something for the sake of something to do, you won’t enjoy it, it won’t be fun, and you won’t do well.
  • Check online for ideas – it really does help to fire up Google and look for ideas. A word of caution: make changes to any idea you find online and make it your own instead of a cookie-cutter project.
  • Ask an adult – adults have a lot of experience and can be a big help in finding something you’ll really enjoy.

Types of Projects

  • Inquiry-based learning – these are projects in which you either answer a question or if you are creating something, meeting a goal.
  • Project-based learning ¬– these are typical projects that have a subject matter and you are doing research to learn more about that subject.

Categories – Age Groups

Elementary – All students grade K-4 (inquiry-based or project based learning allowed)

Intermediate – All students grade 5-7 (inquiry-based or project-based learning are allowed, but inquiry-based is strongly encouraged)

Senior – All students grade 8-12 (inquiry-based learning only)

Categories (by subject)

  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Animal Sciences
  • Plant Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Earth Sciences
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine & Health Sciences
  • Computer Sciences

Basic Rules & Guidelines

  1. Projects must take up a space no more than 4 feet wide, 2 feet deep, and 6 feet high.
  2. All projects must have a 250-word abstract form displayed in an upright position for judges and patrons to read. (Downloadable here)
  3. Any and all projects involving experiments on living organisms must be done in a humane and respectful manner
  4. Any human testing must be approved by the Science Carnival Coordinators before research can begin.
  5. Any microbiological research must be done in a lab with a Biohazard Safety Level 1 (BSL-1) or greater.
  6. Research papers are required for project-based learning. They are optional for inquiry-based learning, but a data book is required for any inquiry-based learning.
  7. No explosive or flammable materials allowed at the carnival, but if your project involved these items, you may use photographs or models.

Please forward the student’s name to myself or to Jeanie Bellows so that we can firm up the numbers of students expected to participate. All participants will receive certificates and as this the first year of the carnival, no awards will be given at this time.

Keep an eye out for updates and suggestions as we progress. Good luck and be prepared to be an expert in your field!

Charles Bellows
GWCHE Science Carnival Coordinator