Science fair success tips and hints

Your science fair success is always on our minds.

We know you don't have a whole lot of time to put this thing together. You certainly won't have any time to think about what happens at the fair itself.

So...

Make it easy on yourself. Read through the information we have here to get a "bird's eye view" of what to expect at the science fair.

We've divided the science fair information below into two sections...

What you do just before you go...

...and...

What to expect after you get there.

Ok...here we go...

Here comes your science fair success plan.


Before You Go

1. Make sure you've followed directions to the letter. If you were issued a checklist, make sure everything is marked off. It's better to be too careful than too careless.

2. Make sure everything works. Now is the time to replace any missing or broken parts. You put a lot of time and effort into this. Be observant! A dead battery could ruin your whole day!

3. Also, make sure you have everything you need to enter your project. Have your transportation arranged before-hand, especially if you have a large project that will need special attention. It may sound funny, but it would be tragic if you went to all that trouble and couldn't fit your display in the car!

4. Dress neatly. You never know who might ask to see you about your project. You should be as great looking as your entry. (For some this may be harder than for others!)


After You Get There

1. Be ready to explain your project. This is most important! You may be judged on your scientific knowledge. So be prepared with answers for the judges. This may include an entire oral report. So be prepared to speak!

2. You may also be asked to stand next to your project and answer questions from visitors who are interested in your entry. Make sure you have good answers for these folks. If they care enough to ask about your project, care enough to give them a good answer. So be honest and respectful to their queries.

3. Relax and have a good attitude. This is one of the most important rules. Jump into the spirit of things. Joke with your friends. If you don't do as well as you thought you should be a good sport and congratulate your friends who do do well.

4. This is your chance to shine. But don't take it too seriously. Enjoy the experience and learn from it. You may pick up an idea or two from your friends and others for next year.

5. Thank everyone involved who helped make the science fair a success. Thank the judges, your parents and any sponsors who helped with your entry. You may want to consider writing thank you notes afterward to improve your chances of having science fair success next year.

6. Make new friends, and strengthen the friendships you have. But whatever happens, have fun! Your science fair success depends on it.

Hope you do well!


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