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Calling all inquiring minds and budding scientists: The Davis Elementary Science Fair is the opportunity for you!

We encourage all young Einsteins to unleash their potential, creativity, and curiosity by participating in our annual Science Fair. This is a great opportunity for each Davis student to explore their passion, be it geology, music, sports, baking, computers, cat training, or something else entirely.

Projects may be completed individually or in a group of up to three students. The top 3rd through 5th grade projects will be selected to represent Davis at the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival.

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2020 Davis Science Fair Entry Forms

All project entries will need to be submitted with a Davis Science Fair 2020 Entry Form.

Entries from students in the third, fourth, or fifth grade also require an AERSF 2020 Elementary Project Research Form with their project submissions.

Please review the Parent/Student Information below to help make the science fair experience a successful one. We will not be able to accept project displays that contain food, liquids, or hazardous items.

Parents, if your student will have special needs for project judging, please email sciencefair@davisdolphins.org so we can be prepared ahead of time to make accommodations. We would love for all students to participate in science fair!

Parent/Student Information

The Davis Elementary 2020 Science Fair Information Packet contains all of the documents, project information, and rubrics you will need to participate in the Davis Science Fair. This packet should also be available in the main office by early November. The AERSF How To Do an Elementary Science Fair Project – Student Guide is an excellent resource for getting started. Science Buddies’ review of the scientific method is also helpful for students choosing to do an experiment.

The 2017 Suggested Experiment Timeline gives one framework that some have found helpful for managing their time when completing an experiment for the Science Fair. It was originally developed to match up with the dates and planned topics for the Science Fair Club.

Scroll down for Important Dates you won’t want to miss.

Volunteer Information

There are a many opportunities to help with science fair. In fact, without a lot of support from people like you, we couldn’t make this opportunity happen for our young scientists! In years past, we have been very fortunate to have volunteer judges from Davis’ Partners In Education and other members of the community, in addition to Davis families. Please read below, and then email sciencefair@davisdolphins.org to sign up.

Davis community, please consider volunteering as a judge at our school science fair, on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, from 8:00 to 10:45am in the Davis cafeteria.

Davis families, please consider volunteering in one or more of the following ways:

  • Behind-the-scenes work, such as inventorying and ordering awards or recruiting judges.
  • Assist during the week of the Davis Science Fair by:
    • Checking in projects on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 from 7:05-8:15am.
    • Being a judge or a “runner” on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 7:50-10:45am.
    • Tallying scores and organizing awards after judging on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 during the school day.
    • Setting up (5:30 to 6 PM) for our Awards and Exhibition night on Thursday, January 30, 2020.
  • Judge or volunteer at the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival on Saturday, February 22, 2020.

Important Dates

  • Tuesday, November 19, 2019 – Parent Information Meeting – If you are new to the Davis Science Fair, please join us in the main lobby after drop off at 7:45am.  Learn about the different types of projects, judging criteria and important due dates.
  • Tuesday, December 17, 2019 – Parent Information Meeting in the main lobby after drop-off at 7:45am
  • Davis Science Fair:
    • Projects Due: Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 7:15-7:45am in the cafeteria
    • Project Judging: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 8:00-10:30am in the cafeteria
    • Awards and Exhibition Night: Thursday, January 30, 2020, 6:00-7:30pm in the cafeteria
  • Saturday, February 22, 2020 – Austin Energy Regional Science Festival at the Palmer Events Center
  • TBD – Davis Scientists’ Party – For all Davis Science Fair participants, RSVP required.

Austin Energy Regional Science Festival (AERSF)

The top 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade projects from the Davis Science Fair will advance to the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival. All students and families are invited to attend the Exploring Science Day, Public Viewing of Projects, and Awards Ceremony. Please visit the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival website for more information, and requirements for participation.

Science Fair Project Ideas and “How To”

Please note that these links are to help students form ideas for possible projects; however, not all of them may be appropriate. Before beginning a science fair project, please check to make sure the chosen experiment, exhibit or collection adheres to the Davis Science Fair rules as stated in the Information Packet.

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Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Davis Science Fair Coordinators at the following email address: sciencefair@davisdolphins.org.

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