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Science Fair

Aqsa School is excited to include Science Fair into the school science curriculum Kindergarten through 12th grade. We believe that exposure to science early on through hands-on activities and critical thinking helps students learn. We also believe that access to research, technology and opportunities for  students to be curious and creative contributes to the holistic development of each student. 

Elementary

Students in elementary have an opportunity during the winter months to research a topic and present in the spring. Elementary teachers offer students guidance in selecting their topic, access to computers to research online, access to library books to research primary resources, and time run their experiments. The Fusion science curriculum also includes a deeper understanding of the scientific inquiry process and key areas of an experiment including identifying a hypothesis, conducting research, creating an experimental plan, understanding variables, making observations, creating a data display and finally presenting their research and findings with a science poster board. Students in 3rd - 5th grade will be judged in the spring and receive medals and participation certificates. 


Science Fair Focus Areas:

Preschool (Predictions)

  • Make simple predictions about a scientific phenomena (ex. life cycle of a butterfly).

Kindergarten: (Predictions & Observations)

  • Make simple predictions and use observations to investigate a topic as a class. 

1st and 2nd Grade: (Research, Predictions & Observations, and Data Tools)

  • Use online and library resources to research the class Science Fair topic.
  • Make predictions based on observations when experimenting as a class the Science Fair topic.
  • Use data collection tools to investigate a phenomena as a class. 
  • Share conclusions about initial ideas and findings with a presentation board or electronic presentation tool (PowerPoint Slides).

3rd Grade: (Research, Predictions & Observations, Data Tools, and Individual Hypothesis) 

  • Identify a hypothesis with the guidance of the teacher.
  • Use online and library resources to research the class Science Fair topic.
  • Use data collection tools to investigate a phenomena as a class. 
  • Create individual Science Fair display board that explains the purpose of the experiment, procedures, data collected, hypothesis, findings, and conclusion.
  • Present Science Fair board in the spring to Aqsa science judges.

4th Grade: (Research, Predictions & Observations, Data Tools, and Scientific Inquiry Process) 

  • Select a Science Fair topic from the class category (ex. Plants)
  • Use online and library resources to research the class Science Fair topic from the class category.
  • Identify a hypothesis with the guidance of the teacher
  • Create and experimental plan to investigate the topic within the class category.
  • Use data collection tools to monitor experiment and to share in the form of a data display (tables, charts, graphs) results.
  • Create individual Science Fair display board that explains the results and findings of the experimental plan and the overall process..
  • Present Science Fair board in the spring to Aqsa science judges and student State Science Fair Finalists.

5th Grade: (Research, Predictions & Observations, Data Tools, Scientific Inquiry Process, and Report)

  • Select a Science Fair topic from a broader class category (ex. Environment).
  • Use online and library resources to research the class Science Fair topic from the class category.
  • Identify a hypothesis with the guidance of the teacher
  • Create and experimental plan to investigate the topic within the class category.
  • Use data collection tools to monitor experiment and to share in the form of a data display (tables, charts, graphs) results.
  • Create a science report that shares research, references and the scientific process in writing. 
  • Create individual Science Fair display board that explains the results and findings of the experimental plan and the overall process.
  • Present Science Fair board in the spring to Aqsa science judges and student State Science Fair Finalists.
Junior High School

Students in grade 6 - 8 are required to complete a science fair project as an independent study. Students in grade 7- 8 are required to participate in the Illinois Junior Academy of Science Fair competition hosted at Aqsa School in January. Students begin their independent study in October and have opportunities to work on their project during class while they are learning science topics and skills. Students receive a grade for their completion of the science fair display board, presentation, and and paper. 

High School

Students in grade 9 are also required to complete a science fair project as an independent study compete in the Illinois Junior Academy of Science Fair competition hosted at Aqsa School in January. Similar to Junior High, students begin their independent study in October and have opportunities to work on their project during class while they are learning science topics and skills. Students receive a grade for their completion of the science fair display board, presentation, and and paper. 


Students in grades 10 - 12 are welcome to participate in the Science Fair. However, projects are completed outside of class. Aqsa School does provide mentorship and support for students in grades 10 -12 to successfully compete in the Illinois Junior Academy of Science competition. 

Resources For Parents & Students

Important Dates for 6th - 9th Grade Students

  • October:                          Research Begins and Selection of Science
  • Early November:             Experiment Proposal Due
  • Late November:              Materials and Procedures Due
  • Early December:             Rough Draft of Review of Literature Due
  • Mid-December:               (Before Break): Final Draft of Review of Literature Due
  • 1st Week of January:      (Immediately After Break): Data and Results Due
  • 2nd Week of January:     Conclusions, Abstract and Safety Sheet Due
  • 3rd Week of January:     Judge's Packet and Display Board Due
  • 3rd Week of January:      In-Class Presentations/Practice
  • 4th Week of January:      Aqsa School Science Fair