The Tully Free is hosting a Science Fair for students in kindergarten through 6th grade in the Tully area. Homeschoolers and kids in neighboring areas are welcome to join. Participation is free and parents are encouraged to attend all events and help their kids with their projects.

Saturday, March 4 from 11:30-1 join us for our Kick-Off Pizza Party with special guests from The MOST (Museum of Science and Technology). Enjoy pizza while the MOST inspires us with their "Fizz, Boom, Amaze" experiments. You'll also get more info about how to join the Science Fair on April 1. Click here to register for the kickoff.

Wednesday, March 8 from 3-6 PM is the Registration & Research Night at the library. Register for the Fair, get your tri-fold presentation board, and get research help from library staff. If you can't make it to this, you can still register! Just call us at 315-696-8606 or stop into the library.

Saturday, April 1 is the SCIENCE FAIR! Share your experiment and see everyone else's discoveries! Open to the public from 3-4:30 PM (from 2:30-3 PM is judges only)

Below are some things to keep in mind while you are busy experimenting and preparing for the Science Fair.

  • If you have not picked up your tri-fold board, please do so at the Tully Free Library (these can be picked up starting Wednesday, March 8 from 3-6 PM).
  • If you have any changes to your information, please e-mail director@tullyfreelibrary.org
  • Be sure to visit the Tully Free Library website to get helpful hints about the Science Fair process http://www.tullyfreelibrary.org/science-fair.
  • When putting your tri-fold together, please be sure to include: Title, Big Question, Hypothesis, Procedures, Results and Conclusion, and pictures (photographs, or drawn).
  • Please drop off all experiments and tri-folds at the Tully Free Library on Friday, March 31 from 3:30-7 PM
  • Please plan to be present for the Fair and be ready to discuss your project.

Thank you again for encouraging science in your home, and allowing your children to learn through exploration!

Sincerely,

The Science Fair Committee

Experimental Project

An experimental project begins with a question that can be answered by conducting an experiment, not by answering yes or no. For example, “How does salt affect the freezing point of water?” is a better question for an experimental project than “Does salt affect the freezing point of water?”

Also, in an experimental project you will need to change something (variable) and measure something when answering the question. If you cannot figure out what to change in doing the experiment, you probably have a non-experimental project.

Begin by thinking of a question that interests you. Then follow the steps below.

  • Use the scientific method
  • Do a real experiment
  • Base your Conclusion on your data, not what you think or want to happen
  • Make your display show that you understand what happened
  • Include your own ideas in your project
  • Make your display so that someone who has not studied your subject will understand your experiment.

Non-Experimental Project

The main difference between an experimental and a non-experimental project is that in a non-experimental project there is no purposeful change in the variable. There are different categories of non-experimental projects. These include:

  • Descriptive or Correlation
  • Demonstrations/Models
  • Collections
  • Surveys

Descriptive or Correlation Project

In this type of project, the student examines the relationship between two or more variables as they naturally occur. The student does not change a variable. For example, if you were interested in the effect of secondhand smoke exposure and childhood asthma, you could look at the results (frequency of asthma) after children have been exposed to second hand smoke in their natural environment (home). No variable is changed.

Demonstration/Model Project

In this type of project, the student researches a topic of interest and/or builds a model or shows how something works, how something is created, or how something occurs in the environment.

Make sure you: pick a topic you are interested in studying, show that you understand what you studied, and make a model correctly to teach others about your topic.

Collection Project

A collection project helps students to learn observation and classification skills. The collection should be science related. The display of a collection could include an actual collection, a report, photographs, graphs and charts, or anything that shows what was learned by doing the collection.

Make sure you: sort your collection and tell why you collected it, tell when and for how long you collected it, tell where you collected it, tell how many things are in your collection.

Survey

In a survey project, students may survey other students, teachers, parents, or another group on a particular area of interest. The student should then make sense out of the responses. The number of individuals surveyed should be large enough to show a good representation. A visual should be shown with the results

The scientific method is a consistent way of answering a question in a scientific way.

These are the steps to follow:

  1. Question

    Think of a question that can’t be answered with a simple “YES” or “NO,” but make it simple enough that you’ll be able to think of a trustworthy way to answer it.

  2. Hypothesis

  3. A hypothesis is a good guess at the answer to your question. It is always okay to be wrong, so don’t pick a question to which you already know the answer!

  4. Experiment

    An experiment is a way of testing whether your hypothesis is right or not. An experiment may prove that your hypothesis was right, or it may prove it was wrong! It is important for your experiment to be a fair test. You conduct a fair test by making sure that you change only one factor at a time while keeping all other conditions the same.

  5. Data Collection

    Carefully record data that you collect during your experiment or from you procedure. It’s better to have too much data than not enough, so keep lots of notes. Graphs can make it easier to see what your data is telling you.

  6. Data Analysis

    Think carefully about what your data tells you, even if it shows that your hypothesis is not correct. Think carefully about all the data together, not just one or two pieces of data, especially if they’re very different from the rest.

  7. Conclusion

    The conclusion is simply the answer to the question with which you started. Be sure your conclusion is based on the results of your experiment, survey, or demonstration.

Safety Rules

In order for the fair to be an enjoyable experience for all persons involved, there are some safety guidelines that should be followed. Models, photographs, or simulations can be used in place of things that are restricted from display.

  • No live animals on display
  • Microbial cultures or fungi, living or dead, are not permitted.
  • Chemicals and / or their empty containers, including caustics, acids, and household cleaners are not permitted
  • Open or concealed flames are not acceptable
  • Batteries with open-top cells are not allowed. Sealed batteries are acceptable.
  • Combustible materials are not permitted. Rockets and/or other engines must not contain fuel.
  • Aerosol cans of household solvents are not permitted.
  • Controlled substances, poisons, or drugs are not permitted.
  • Sharp items, such as syringes, knives, and needles are not acceptable.
  • Gases are not permitted.