The mission of the Kiwanis Science Education Committee in our local area is to sponsor and champion Community Science Fairs, to mentor students and teachers, to work with teachers and parents, and to encourage Science Clubs at the schools.
The 2012-2013 School Year is the 8th year for the Kiwanis Fair. The first 7 years were very successful with a great many projects entered. This year, we plan to increase the participation and also encourage a higher level of scientific quality in each project. This Handbook is part of that "Search for Quality". Also, we plan Teacher Workshops, Student Mentoring, and Student briefings to assist that search.
There will be 3 levels of participation in Kiwanis Community Science Fair:
Elementary School, K - 6 grades
Middle School, 7- 8 grades this year all 8th grade students will be using the Online Science Fair google program
High School, 9 - 12 grades
The rules and expectations for each level are different. Class Projects are allowed and encouraged in the Elementary Level, but not in the higher levels. In all levels, Individual and Team (2 or 3 students) entries are encouraged.
Kiwanis will coordinate two tiers of competition, School and Community. A School Science Fair will be held at each school electing to participate. The entries selected from each participating school, as determined by the judges, will be invited to compete in Community Fair.
ONLY INQUIRY Type projects can be entered. The approach for Inquiry Projects is based on the Scientific Method. These types of projects are described in The Scientific Method on pages 7 through 9 of the Carefree Kiwanis Science Fair Hand book 2010-2011.