Science Fair – Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is the Science Fair a competition?

No, this is not a competition and participation in the Hastings Science Fair is optional. Each participating student scientist will receive an official Hastings Science Fair medal.

2. What type of board do you use and where can I purchase one?

Boards should not be larger than 36″ high by 48″ wide. Trifold posterboards can be purchased at any office supply stores (Staples, Office Depot), Target, craft stores (Michaels, Joann), or ordered from Amazon (and if you use AmazonSmile, your purchase can support Maria Hastings PTO!)

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3. What are the guidelines for preparing a Google slideshow of the science fair project?

Student scientists should create a Google slideshow with no more than 8 slides covering the same areas (Big Question, Hypothesis, Materials, Procedure, Research/Results, Conclusion/What I Learned) as detailed on the Science Fair Display and Presentation Information pagePhotos and videos of the science project can be embedded in the Google slideshow.

4. Are there any items that are not acceptable to incorporate in science fair projects?

All experiments should be conducted at home using non-hazardous materials and under parental supervision.

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