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Title: Science, The Spark of Invention… 55th Annual Flint Regional Science Fair March 4-7, 2011

Science, The Spark of Invention 55th Annual
Flint Regional Science Fair March 4-7, 2011
  • Location Kettering University

Flint Regional Science Fair Serves Students in
Grades 4-12 from
  • Genesee County
  • Lapeer County
  • Shiawassee County
  • St. Clair County
  • Tuscola County
  • Note Any student from a Michigan county that
    does not have access to an ISEF Affiliated
    Regional Science Fair is welcome to participate
    in FASF.

INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair
  • The Flint Regional Science Fair is affiliated
    with the INTEL International Science and
    Engineering Fair (ISEF).
  • Each year 4 FASF Senior Division students win an
    all-expense paid trip to the ISEF (2011 is Los
    Angeles, CA)

SSP Broadcom MASTERS Competition for 6th, 7th and
8th Graders
  • MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and
    Engineering for Rising Stars) Competition in
    Washington, DC (Formerly Discovery Challenge)
  • As an affiliated Regional Fair up to 10 of FASF
    6th, 7th and 8th grade students can be nominated
    to apply for the MASTERS competition.

What is a science fair?
  • Science Fairs are a fun way to practice your
    skills in science and to use your curiosity.
  • Judged competition that recognizes how
    effectively you use scientific methods to solve
    problems. Projects are grouped by subject and
    grade level.
  • To level the playing field a specific format must
    be followed.

Why enter a science fair?
  • Explore neat stuff and gain confidence in your
    ability to understand new things
  • Find interests and talents you did not know you
  • If you are interested in a career using science
    (e.g. doctor, engineer or scientific research)
    this is a great way to begin
  • You also learn how to present yourself both
    through a written presentation and verbal
    interviews with judges who are professionals in
    your chosen field

Why enter a science fair? Satisfaction and
  • Gain recognition for your talentsColleges and
    Universities value science fair recognition and
    often award scholarships based on science fair
  • Earn scholarships and prizes that can help pay
    for college
  • The satisfaction of doing something with your
    brains and your hands

What are the prizes?
  • Flint Regional Science Fair in 2010 awarded
    prizes, trips, scholarships and bonds totaling
    nearly 32,000
  • Special Awards--Many universities and
    organizations also give scholarships, awards and
    monetary prizes
  • Everyone is a winner and receives at least a
    ribbon and a bag of fun prizes

What is a science fair project?
  • Projects involve doing an experiment using the
    scientific method
  • You select the topic
  • Your project and the display you present at the
    Fair must contain
  • Titlewhat your project is about
  • Hypothesis what you expect to find
  • Procedure how you do your experiment
  • Data/Results the results of your experiment /or
    the answer is.
  • Conclusion what you actually found and learned

What if your results do not match your hypothesis?
  • Its OK.
  • That means you have learned something!
  • And that is what science is about

Pop Pop RacesElementary Div First Place
How Exhausted is our Earth?Junior Division First
Place Physical Science
RadiationDoes the Plants Good? Junior Division
Grand Prize
Light Modulation for Optical CommunicationsFirst
Place Senior Division
How do I get started?
  • Pick an area of science that interests you
  • Come up with a question that could be answered
  • Talk with your teachers, parents or neighbors who
    know something about what interests you
  • The FASF web site has many great resources and
    links to help you identify possible topics.
  • Mentors are also available to help you.

How do I enter the Science Fair?
  • You must complete an application by Monday Feb 21
    to avoid a late fee.
  • (Monday Feb 28, 2011 is last day to register
    with a late fee)
  • Applications can be submitted on line at
  • OR mail the application form in the printed
    handbook (can also be downloaded from the web

What are the rules?
  • Complete rules are in the Handbook or on the FASF
    web site
  • Rules primarily exist to make sure no one is
    harmed during the experimentation or display
  • Treatment of animals rules are based upon
    currently accepted scientific ethics
  • The ISEF has specific rules relating to display
    and documentation and as an affiliated fair we
    must comply. Complete international rules are
    available at

Examples of rules for project displays
  • Size project displays must be no more than 48
    wide, 30 deep or 108 from the floor
  • Safety No Petri dishes with microorganisms, no
    tissue samples and no hazardous chemicals or
    voltages. You should present your results though
    pictures and graphs, not do your experiment at
    the fair
  • No food products may be displayed
  • Complete rules are in the Handbook or on the FASF
    web site

How will I be judged?
  • Judges are local professionals who volunteer
    their time to interview students and judge
  • Judges review all projects and project reports on
    Friday night to decide which projects are
  • Finalist projects are reviewed by teams of judges
    who talk with students Saturday morning
  • While judges select which projects are of special
    merit and worthy of prizes, they also enjoy
    helping students learn.

How will I be judged?
  • Judging is really an opportunity to learn and
    talk with people who know the field your project
    is in, people who are eager to talk with you
    because of your interest in something they

Projects are judged on
  • Creative Ability
  • Scientific Thought/Engineering
  • Thoroughness
  • Skill
  • Clarity

How Far Can You Go?
How far can I go? Elementary Division (4th and
5th grade)
  • You can go as far as your skill and desire will
    take you.
  • Join the FASF Junior and Senior Divisions as you
    advance in school

How far can I go? Junior Division (6th through
8th grade)
  • Up to 10 of 6-8th graders are invited to apply
    to participate in the SSP Broadcom MASTERS (Math,
    Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for
    Rising Stars) National Competition (formerly
    Discovery Competition) in Washington, DC. FASF is
    proud that 12 Semifinalists and 4 Finalists from
    our fair have been selected over the last 5 years
    for SSP Competition.
  • You can go as far as your skill and desire will
    take you.
  • Earn recognition, prizes, awards and scholarships

How far can I go? High School Division (9th
through 12th grade)
  • Winners in each category can participate in the
    State Science and Engineering Fair where they
    compete for additional prizes and scholarships
  • Four Senior Division winners receive an
    all-expense paid trip to compete in or observe
    the INTEL International Science Engineering
    Fairthe 2011 ISEF is in Los Angeles, CA.

Dates to Remember for 2011
  • February 11, 2011 Last day for local fair reps
    to arrange for block entries
  • February 18, 2011 Last day for mail
    registrations to avoid late fee
  • Mon. February 21Last day for Electronic
    applications to avoid late fee
  • February 28 Last day to register (with a 10
    late fee)
  • March 4 (330 to 630) Project set-up at
  • March 5Judging interviews 8-12. Open viewing
  • March 6 Award Ceremonies Open viewing 1-5
  • March 7Projects on display for school field
  • (3-7PM) Project removal
  • April 9 Michigan Science Engineering Fair
  • May 8-13INTEL International Science
    Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, CA

Science Fair Web Sites
  • International Science Engineering Fair
  • Flint Area Science Fair, FASF
  • Application and Handbook are available on line
  • If questions call FASF Director 810-762-9583

FASF Sponsors
  • A-Frame Awards
  • Anna Paulina Foundation
  • Arthur G. Bishop Charitable Trust
  • Baker College
  • Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
  • Certified Hazardous Materials Managers Michigan
  • Community Foundation of Greater Flint
  • Distinctive Recognition Co.
  • Flint Area School Employees Credit Union
  • Genesee Area Math Science Center - GISD
  • Hurley Medical Center
  • James A. Welch Foundation
  • Kettering University
  • Lapeer County Community Foundation
  • Meijer Stores
  • Mid-States Bolt Screw
  • Orbro Solutions, LLC
  • Stella Frederick Loeb Charitable Trust
  • TGI Direct
  • United Automobile Workers
  • University of Michigan, Flint

Special Award Sponsors
  • Air and Waste Management Association
  • American Meteorological Society
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • ASM International Foundation
  • Association for Women Geoscientists
  • Certified Hazardous Material Managers
  • David C. Doris Hill Chemistry Award
  • Eastern Michigan ASHRAE
  • Fisher Scientific
  • Flint Children's Museum
  • Flint River Watershed Coalition
  • Flint, City Mayor
  • Genesee County Farm Bureau
  • Genesee County Medical Society
  • Genesys Nurses Professional Development Committee
  • Genesys Regional Health Center
  • Hurley Medical Center
  • Intel Computer Award

Special Award Sponsors (Cont)
  • Kenton Nieman Memorial Award
  • Kettering University
  • McLaren Health Care Corporation
  • Mid-Michigan Ambulatory Physicians
  • MU Alpha Theta
  • National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration
  • National Society of Professional Engineers
  • Ricoh Sustainable Award
  • Scientific American
  • Sloan Museum/ Longway Planetarium
  • Society for Science (SSP) Middle School Program
  • State of Michigan / Governors Office
  • U. S. Army
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Metric Association
  • U.S. Navy / Marine Corp
  • U.S. Public Health Service