Course Syllabus

Science Fair 2019 - 2020 

Decemenber 3 - 6, 2019

Students in Mrs. Carr's 1st and 6th period classes are required to participate in the Muscogee County School District Science Fair.  8th Grade students may also participate.  Science Fair projects that are judged worthy at the school level of competition will proceed to the county or regional level.  


Below are important links you will find necessary and helpful on your journey to creating your science fair project:  

Georgia Science and Engineering Fair Official Page  - this page is the link to all information on requirements for the 2019 - 2020 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.)

Grading - 4 grades will be given for the Science Fair project.  Planning and Prep, Triboard and Presentation, Abstract, and Overall Experimental Design and Project Completion.  

Planning and Prep Grade will be based on having submitted each form successfully by the date due (followed instructions) (50 pts), and proper completion of all elements of the Research Plan including corrections given earlier on the Preliminary Proposal (30 pts), and typing the forms as required (20pts.).  

ACMS Forms and Helps:  

PowerPoint Presentation from Parent Night Available for reference because no one can remember all this stuff with one presentation!!!!!  

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).   

Student Science Research Projects guidelines and information 2019 - 2020 - this serves as a reference to terminology and guides the student in completing the experiment/research.  

Science Fair Preliminary Proposal Form -this form will be the first form submitted by students.  Once finished and accepted they may submit the required forms listed below.  

Distribution of Labor for Partner Work Contract

Official Information and Forms:  

Required Forms Checklist  - Explains all the forms listed below.  

Forms for All Participants to be Completed Prior to Experimentation

Forms must be downloaded, completed by typing appropriate information, printed and presented to Mrs Carr to check or pass on for further approval. (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)   (Absolutely needs dating and completing prior to any experimentation! 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.   A formal research plan must be prepared according to the direction on student checklist for 1A!  

4.  Form 1B: Approval Form (1B)

5.   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 



Required for all projects after experimentation:  

An ABSTRACT is a brief description of your experiment and your results.  Your abstract is the first item the judges will view and it is the most influential in their decisions.  It should be written concisely using scientific terminology.  You are limited to 250 words.  

             Abstract due November 18 - The abstract must be typed in the form available online and printed from the computer it was typed on.  (Click on the "form available link above".  This will take you to the state website.  Scroll down about half a page and look to the gray box on the right.  You should see this: 


Click on #5 and type.  

If the student cannot find access to a computer and printer, they may bring a copy of what they want to type and type it before or after school on a Monday, Tuesday, or Friday.  Please communicate with me prior to the need to do this.  Please pay attention to the due date.  An abstract must be presented in print form on the due date.  

If you cannot get the form to print correctly, try this:  Link to Alternate Form 

Not having access to a printer is NOT an acceptable reason for the Abstract being turned in late or in the wrong format.  

10 pts are deducted for each day it is late - up to 30 pts.  

Instructions for writing the abstract is on the second page of the link online.  

You abstract will be graded this way:  

A) Purpose of the experiment (Also include your hypothesis)       20 pts. 

B) Procedure (Briefly explain steps you used in the experiment)  30 pts  

C) Data (Summarized and analyzed)  20 pts.  

D) Conclusions  (Was your hypothesis correct or incorrect?  Did you learn something you did not expect to learn?) 10 pts.  

E) Spelling, grammar, punctuation.     10pts. 

F) Clear and precise wording.   10 pts.  

ACCMS Science Fair Judging GuidePreview the document

Click on the link above to see what the judges will use.  I will also use this form to grade your project.  





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