SAVE THIS DATE! Friday, January 13, 2017 --Pūʻōhala Science Fair
                             8 a.m.-noon Judging
                             12:15-2 p.m. Schoolwide viewing

Round of applause to Science Fair Winners sy 2015-16:

1st Place: Cheyenne Bernadini Homemade Detergent vs Store Bought
1st Place: Austyn Pucan Can Wi-Fi Signals Be Blocked?
2nd Place: Keale Rivera pHundamentals of Acidity: The pH Levels of water from different sources
3rd Place: Frenchezza Jumawan Can Potatoes Power Gadgets?

The Value of a Science Fair Project


[Excerpt] What makes a science fair project such a great learning experience is that it involves so much more than science. The research report will most likely be the longest paper the student has ever written. The bibliography for the report will also be the first ever for some students. And, while library research is still important, these reports are a great way to hone computer research skills, as well as to learn the ins and outs of common office programs, such as docs and sheets. Most projects also involve a good deal of math, and all students get an opportunity to enhance their presentation skills when they prepare their display boards and discuss their projects with the judges.

A science fair project will also have a longer duration than any other assignment a student has done. In contrast to the typical school homework due the next day or perhaps a week hence, a science fair project requires a student to learn to plan over two or three months, a skill of immense importance in adulthood. Procrastination is definitely not rewarded.

Savvy students, especially those who work their way up to higher levels of competition, learn even more about communications skills. They learn the importance of selecting topics and fine-tuning their presentations in ways that will make them most likely to impress science fair judges.

A science fair project even provides an opportunity for the discussion of ethical issues, such as plagiarism and falsification of data. Indeed, such a discussion is highly recommended. The ease of copying information from the Internet is hard to resist, and many students are far ahead of their teachers in understanding what is possible.

Of course, learning about science is at the heart of a science fair project. Our society relies more on science every day, and science fairs are a great way for students to become more knowledgeable about how the world around them works. Every citizen needs sufficient science literacy to make educated decisions about what he or she reads in the media, about health care, and about other every-day problems.

Preparing a science fair project is an excellent example of what education experts call active or "hands-on" learning. It is a very effective instructional method; indeed, it is recommended as a cornerstone of successful science teaching.