You will be completing an entry into either BOP Science & Technology Fair project or Young Innovator Award. This is an opportunity to explore the mysteries of the world around you or provide an innovative solution or invent something useful. Remember that the most important outcome of your project is the joy and learning that comes from scientific discovery or invention – not winning a competition!
Click here to register for either Science Fair or YIA
How do I come up with a project idea?
If you have any questions or problems about the everyday world that you inhabit, perhaps to do with your interests outside of school, this is a great start. You could also try to think of a science topic that you are very interested in, read books, science magazines or news articles, look at other students projects or test a claim made on an advertisement. These websites will also get you started in the right direction with some basic ideas that you can develop into projects. Alternatively you can search Google for ideas and see what you get!
How much time will I need?
A science fair project or innovation project may seem like an overwhelming undertaking. The following schedule will help you think through the various stages of the process and set reasonable deadlines:
YIA Submission Date: Friday, 4th July (only the best from the Inquiry classes will be selected to go through to the finals)
Science Fair Submission Date: Friday, 27 July (only the best 10 from all of TBC will be selected to go through to the finals)
Term 1, Week 11: Identification of possible topics (YIA or Science fair)
Term 2, Week 1: Final selection of topics, online entry completed for YIA
Term 2, Week 4: Background research/topic readings completed
Term 2, Week 5 Working on experiments (Science fair), Developing Innovation
Term 2, Week 6 Data analysis and summary statements made
Term 2, Week 7 Final drafts and preparation of projects
Term 2, Week 8 Projects completed, displayed, ready for presentation to the class
Term 2, Week 9: Submit entries for YIA (Friday, July 4)
Term 3, Week 1: Submit entries for Science fair (Friday, July 25)
There are planning documents that you can use for all projects. Click the following links:
Science Fair – Science Fair Book
Science Fair – Technology Book
You may choose to have your first inquiry of Term 2 related to your project. That’s fine – as long as you meet the standard requirements of an inquiry.