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Submit a Project (Open October 15 – November 15)
Junior Category: ages 8-12 (at the time of submission)
Senior Category: ages 13 – 17 (at the time of submission)
If you work as a team, the oldest person determines your category.
Prize amounts are listed on our competition page.
You are conducting an experiment, finding the answer to a question.
Ask a question.
State background information. What do you know about it already? Older kids can research and find out what’s known about the subject already.
State your hypothesis.
Design an experiment. Consider what variables will be controlled and what variables will be changed. Think about any outside variables beyond your control that might have influence on the results.
List your materials and procedure.
Record your data. Important step! You must be making observations that will lead you to be able to answer your question. This should be in your final presentation as some sort of chart. You can make a graph of your chart data as well. We must see the collection of data! Looks count! Make it clear.
Revise your hypothesis and/or experiment as necessary and repeat.
What’s your conclusion and what should be done about it? What have you learned?
Include a bibliography of sources used. Learn something!
You will submit a link to an online presentation of your research when you pay your application fee. Look at my presentation linked in the next sentence to see how it should be done. You will be using Google Slides. Submissions will be viewable by everyone. Content must be appropriate for all audiences. DO NOT include your name, age, or picture in your presentation.
Professionalism/Quality (Follow directions. Check your punctuation and spelling! Pictures and graphs are always nice additions! Make it look like you put care and attention into it!)
Experiment Design (example: Does it control variables?)
Data (data collected, recorded, and clearly presented)
Conclusion (clearly drawn, clearly stated, applied)
Each category 20 points
We use anonymous judges who don’t know any of the entrants. We have used retired teachers and scientists in the past.