INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP ENTRIES may be in the form of an experiment which follows the standard scientific method, or an engineering project designed to use principles of physics and chemistry to solve a common or uncommon problem. Complex solutions to simple problems (Rube Goldberg contraptions) are encouraged! Experiment entries must have a write up that describes: the purpose, initial research, a description of the experiment, observations, preparation of data, and conclusions (including possible sources of error). Engineering projects must have a written description of the problem and how you went about solving it, including the physical principles involved. The project must be the student's work (no parental help, please). In addition to your experimental apparatus or project, you should include a display board or a standard size oaktag sheet (which may be attached to the front table edge) for your write up including charts, diagrams, labels, graphs, pictures, etc. The entire set-up should take up a space no larger than 36" wide by 22 inches deep on the table itself and must not be wider than 36" above or below the table. You must supply your own extension cord if your project requires electricity.
PROHIBITED: Fire, hazardous chemicals, explosions and sharp, heavy, or fast moving projectiles.
RECEIVING: At St. Stephen's, Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. All projects must be set up at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the judging for grades 1 and 2, or the student will not be allowed to participate.
PUBLIC DISPLAY: Saturday, April 29, 10:00 - 11:00 AM and 3:00 - 3:30 PM. Projects awarded honors and high honors may be taken to the Gregory Museum for further display from April 29 through May 7. These projects must be picked up at the museum by Sunday, May 7 between 1 and 4 P.M. All other projects must be taken home after the awards ceremony.
JUDGING: Click here for judging criteria. Students will generally be seen by at least three judges, and for each one, the entrants must be prepared to make a two minute oral presentation and demonstration of their project, and be ready to answer any questions. During presentations, only the student participants will be allowed in the room. THE JUDGING SCHEDULE is tentatively set as follows, but may be changed depending upon the number of entries in any one grade grouping. The final schedule will be posted on the museum's web site by April 26 . It is possible that the groups listed below may be combined or split depending upon the number of entries in the individual groups.