Learn how it’s done at a GATEway Science Fair workshop. Open to kids in grades 3 through 6, and their favorite big person, the 1.5-hour workshop is designed to give participants hands-on experience with planning for, carrying out, and presenting a science fair project.
“The science fair is about kids becoming familiar with the scientific method, the process of coming up with a question, doing an experiment, drawing a conclusion, and communicating your results,” said Dee Voldal, member of the GATEway Science Fair Planning Team. “Part of GATEway’s mission is to educate and encourage. Participating in the science fair, the first time, can be intimidating. The goal of the workshops is to make kids and parents comfortable with the process, to see how doable and fun it can be.”
During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to work with adult volunteers to conduct two experiments and see what goes into creating a science fair board.
“Participants will learn the basics of conducting a science fair project,” said Voldal. “And how to gather your results on a science fair board and present them to reviewers.”
Every year between 50 and 100 students participate in a science fair workshop. Some of those go on to join the 250 to 300 students who register annually for the for-fun GATEway Science Fair (it’s not a competition, there are no judges - just reviewers). Taking place in February at Mayo Clinic’s Gonda Building, participants present their science fair project to science professionals.
“The students present to at least three science professionals,” said Voldal, noting that the science fair is open to all Rochester-area public, private and homeschool students. “They have the opportunity to talk about their experiment, what happened, was it what they expected - or not.”
Register for a no-cost-to-you science fair workshop at the GATEway website. Register for the science fair at the Community Education website. Cost is $12. Limited scholarships available.