Course Syllabus

Science Fair 2020 - 2021   

Diane Carr - Science Fair Coordinator    

ACMS Science Fair is scheduled to begin on November 30 (Projects will be judged throughout the week and winners will be announced on Friday, Dec 3.)

REGIONAL Science Fair -  January, 2021:  Science Fair projects that are judged worthy at the school level of competition will proceed to the  regional level.  The regional fair occurs in late January.  Five projects from ACMS were invited by the region to attend the state science fair in Athens, GA in 2020!  Congratulations to those students!  

Who needs to do this? 

Students in Mrs. Carr's gifted and accelerated classes are required to participate in the Muscogee County School Level Science Fair. 

8th Grade gifted and accelerated students may choose between science and social studies fairs, but must participate in one. 

Any student who wishes to participate may take the initiative and do so!  


Science Fair PowerPoint Presentation START HERE!  This PPT will walk you through every step of the project.  Follow it slide by slide and you will get there! 

Student Science Research Projects guidelines and information 2020 - 2021 -  serves as a reference to terminology and guides the student in completing the experiment/research.  

Georgia Science and Engineering Fair Official Page  - this page is the link to all information on requirements for the 2020-2021 Science fairs.  

ISEF Rules and Guidelines - these are the rules followed by middle and high schools, regional fairs, and the state science fair.  Parents and students should read the sections that apply to them.  (Do not concern yourselves with all the committees. That's my job.)

Calendar for ACMS Science Fair and Due Dates - This page lists important due dates and color codes them for all students (yellow) and those needing further approval by IRB and SRC committees (blue).   

Checklist/Judges Scoring Sheet 

Science Fair Preliminary Proposal Form -this form will be the first form submitted by students.  Follow the PPT's guide to completion.   An assignment will be created so you can submit the final product.  


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Grading - 5 grades will be given for the Science Fair project. 

1. Preliminary Proposal Form - This form is completed and submitted to Mrs. Carr for comments and suggestions.  You will use it to help complete the official forms, research plan, and to set up your experiment.  It is important to review Mrs. Carr's comments and to consider implementing them.  Doing so will improve you final project grade.  

2. Research Plan and Form Submissions- submitted 1st nine weeks.   Forms to be submitted are linked below.   (The research plan is NOT a research paper.  It IS a description of the project you plan to complete. Instruction for completing it are on the back of form 1A .) 

3.  The Abstract -  After experimenting you write a summary of your project, its results, and your conclusion.   This will be submitted prior to Thanksgiving.  

4. Triboard and Presentation  - All forms correct.  Appearance and Inclusion of required aspects on triboard. (graphs, results, conclusion, etc.) See checklist for more detail.  

5. Experimentation - Was the scientfic method followed?  Did the experiment include all the proper steps and parts?  See checklist for further information.  


Official Information and Forms:  

Required Forms Checklist  - Explains all the forms listed below.  

Forms for All Participants to be Completed Prior to Experimentation

Forms (below) must be

1. Downloaded

2. Completed by typing appropriate information.

3. Printed, scanned and submitted on Canvas for Mrs. Carr's comments/grading.

4. Placed in a 3 pronged folder or 1/2 inch binder (I prefer you use sheet protectors.)

5. Set aside in a safe place until the Science Fair. (see timeline)

They should be placed in sheet protectors and into a notebook or heavy duty folder and placed with the tri-board on the day of the Aaron Cohn Science Fair.  

1.   Form 1:  Checklist for Adult Sponsor (1)   (Must be dated and signed before any experimentation begins! Projects that show a date after experimentation has started will be excluded from advancing to the regional fair!)

2.   Form 1A: Student Checklist (1A)   - 

3.  Research Plan - This is not a research paper! A research plan must be prepared according to the directions on student checklist for 1A!  Students complete this and turn it in prior to beginning experimentation.  Don't discard it! It will be needed again when you turn in your project.    

4.  Form 1B: Approval Form (1B)

5.  Form 1 C: Risk Assessment Form (3)


Extra Forms that may be required prior to experimentation:

Qualified Scientist Form - Required for Vertebrates, Humans, and Biological Agents

Vertebrate Animal Form

Human Participant Form

Human Participant Consent Form

Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents (Includes use of soil.)  

Continuation Research Progression Projects Form 







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