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 Ann Arbor, MI  48103
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 Patrick O'Neill, Interim Principal

 Forsythe Science Fair 2015 

General Information

The Forsythe Science Fair is a competitive event where students create and then exhibit a science experiment or model/collection. It is an opportunity for students to learn science hands-on, and to teach others what they learned! The Forsythe Science Fair will be held February 5-9, 2015 and is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.  Creating a science fair project allows you to explore topics that YOU decide are interesting, and learn more about how scientists conduct their work. You might even teach your science teacher something new. In addition, you could win an award!

The top six winners in each grade and category (experiments and models/collections) are given medals, and honorable mention ribbons are given to the top 20% winners in each grade and category. All students who submit a project will receive ribbons for their participation.

Volunteer Opportunities

In order to make the Forsythe Science Fair a success we count out many community volunteers.  Volunteers are needed to judge student projects and provide food for the judges.  We also need many other volunteers throughout the 5 days of the fair.  If you are interested in helping, please click on a link below to register/sign up.  

Co-chairs are parent volunteers Lea Monaghan, Becky Gracey, Mark Gracey, and Sheila Carpenter.  Coordinators are parent volunteers Juliet Berger and Christine Stead.  There are open positions for next year.  If you are interested in possibly shadowing a co-chair or coordinator this year and taking over the position next year, please email us at forsythescifair@gmail.com.  


Food sign up:

Parent Volunteer sign up:

Skyline Volunteer sign up:

Judge Registration:


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Thursday, November 6, 2014 6:30-8:00  6th Grade Family Dessert Potluck/Science Fair Kickoff

-6th grade families bring in desserts and socialize followed by a raptor program for the students and an science fair informational meeting for the parents.

Monday, January 19, 2015-Friday, January 23, 2015  Science Fair Registration

-Students register for the science fair.  Registration instructions will be provided by science teachers.

Thursday, February 5, 2015  Science Fair Set Up

-Science Fair set up in gym and other classrooms.

Friday, February 6, 2015  Science Fair Student Set Up

-Science Fair student project set-up during the school day. Bring project to science class.

Saturday, February 7, 2015  Science Fair Judging

-Science Fair judging. Science Fair is closed to the public.

Sunday, February 8, 2015  Science Fair Open House and Award Ceremony

-Science Fair Open House, 12pm to 4pm. Award Ceremony at 2pm in the auditorium.

Monday, February 9, 2015  Science Fair Tours, Project Take Home, and Clean Up

-Science Fair tours during science classes. Projects must be brought home by the end of the school day.  The gym and other classrooms are cleaned up after school.

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Forsythe Science Fair FAQs (pdf)   
Answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Forsythe Science Fair. This includes information about key dates, contacts, registration, project setup, parent volunteer opportunities, judging process and criteria, science fair resources, and more. 

EXPERIMENT Format (pdf)        EXPERIMENT Format (word)
Write-up format for Experiments. This does NOT apply to Models/Collections. 

EXPERIMENT Judging Criteria (pdf) 
This is the rubric used by judges to score Experiments for Forsythe Science Fair. This does NOT apply to Models/Collections 

MODEL/COLLECTION Format (pdf)          MODEL/COLLECTION Format (word)
Write-up format for Models/Collections. This does NOT apply to Experiments.

MODELS/COLLECTIONS Judging Criteria (pdf) 
This is the rubric used by judges to score Models/Collections for Forsythe Science Fair. This does NOT apply to Experiments. 

Bibliography and Cybercitation Guide (pdf)
How to list bibliography references for printed material, online information and other sources.

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Topic Resources and Websites

Topic Resources


  • SE Michigan Science Fair Homepage
    SE Michigan Science Fair homepage with forms, deadlines, and helpful links. 
  • Science Buddies
    Fun, user-friendly site with project ideas and guides, Q&A, info on careers. Can suscribe for newsletters. 
  • Crystal Clear Science Fair Projects 
    Clear tools to guide you through science fair projects from ideas to presentation.
  • IPL: Science Fair Project Resource Guide                                                                    [http://www.ipl.org/div/projectguide/]                                                                                                                             This is from the Internet Public Library and includes many useful sites, lists of possible projects, advice on "what makes a good project" and more.
  • Science Fair Central                                                                  [http://school.discoveryeducation.com/sciencefaircentral/]                                                                                           A comprehensive guide to creating your science fair project.
  • Prize Winning Science Fair Projects for Curious Kids                               [http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1579904785/qid%3D/102-3556433-2144943]                                 How to get the book by Joe Rhatigan & Rain Newcomb.
  • Google Search Engine                                                                                                                [http://www.google.com/]                                                                                                                                         Search on "science fair projects," "science fair tips" or "science fair" AND "acid rain" etc. 

National and International Science Fair Websites

  • Science Service Home Page                                        [http://www.sciserv.org/isef/]
  • ISEF Home Page                                                          [http://www.societyforscience.org/isef/]
  • Science Project Primer                                                    [http://www.sciserv.org/isef/primer/]
  • ISEF Rules Wizard                                  [http://apps.societyforscience.org/isef/students/wizard/index.asp]

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