Math & Science Night Rules and Resources

Science & Math Night Rules:

  • You may have up to two students per project.
  • Adults can help gather materials, supervise any experiments, and help to build the display.
  • Experiments cannot be performed during the Science & Math Night, however brief demonstrations are permitted as long as they meet all of the remaining criteria of the science and math night.
  • Models, demonstrations and other visual aids are permitted, however must fit with your display board on one-half of a 60” round table.
  • No nuts of any kind can be used in your display.
  • Please indicate of the form if you require an electrical plug.  We will do our best to place you near one, however please bring any extension cords needed.
  • Any and all visual aids, models and/or demonstrations must not involve liquid substances (though at-home experiments may).
  • No glass or living animals are permitted.
  • No flammable substances are permitted.

Experiment Safety Rules:

  • Do not eat or drink while performing an experiment.
  • Wear safety goggles when the activity could lead to eye injury.
  • Respect all life forms.
  • Any project involving drugs, firearms, or explosives is strictly prohibited.
  • Use the Internet safely with parent permission and approved sites.
  • Sharp tools like knives and electric tools, or chemicals must be supervised and used with adult help.

Need Help Choosing a Topic?

There are many discovery areas that fall under the Math & Science umbrella. Consider...


Life Science
This scientific category deals with animals, plants, humans and the environment. Your project can be about the behavior of these living things. Subcategories include: Animal Behavior, Consumer Science, Plant Activities, Health Science and Ecology. Example projects: Which Paw Does My Cat Prefer? Can Dogs See Color? How Does an Antacid Change the PH level in Juice? Will Dish Detergent Affect Plant Growth? At Which Temperature does Popcorn Pop Best? Can You Tell the Difference in Brand Name or Store Name Cereals?

Physical Science
If you like trying to figure out how things work, or are interested in the composition of matter, this category is for you. Subcategories include: Electricity and Magnetism, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering and Mathematics, Sound and Light, Aerodynamics. Example projects: Which Battery Lasts the Longest? How Can You Increase the Strength of an Electromagnet? Which Lasts longer: an Incandescent Bulb or a Fluorescent Bulb? Which Airplane Design is Best? What Tower Design is the Strongest? How can I Amplify Sound? How Does the Angle of an Object Change the Reflection?

Earth and Space Science
Subcategories include: Weather, Geology and Astronomy. Sample projects: How does Weathering affect our Landscape? Does Road Construction Create Problems With the Habitat in an Area? Does a Full Moon Cause Human Behavior Problems? How has the Temperature Affected Our Water Supply? How does Weather Impact Travel?

Computer Science
This category deals with the development of computer programs, algorithms, computer languages and hardware. Possible projects could include creating a website, or creating a program using a language such as Scratch (created for kids by MIT).

Mathematics
This category involves the study of numbers. Topics could include counting, patterns, primary numbers, fractions, equations, shapes, addition, subtraction, division, math in nature, and more.

When conducting an experiment, use the steps for the Scientific Method:

  • Ask a question
  • Do background research
  • Construct a hypothesis
  • Test your hypothesis by doing an experiment
  • Analyze your data and draw a conclusion
  • Report your results (Was your hypothesis correct?)


Check out these useful websites:

Safety Smart Adventures

http://www.ptotoday.com/images/family_science_night/FSNAdventures.pdf

Fun, age-appropriate hands- on science experiments.


Science Buddies

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/

Need help deciding on a topic for your project?  Use the Topic Selection Wizard tool to help find the perfect one for you.


Science Fair Central at Discovery.com http://school.discoveryeducation.com/sciencefaircentral

"Creative investigations into the real world." This site provides a complete guide to science fair projects. Check out the 'Handbook' which features information from Janice VanCleave, a popular author who provides everything you need to know for success. You can even send her a question about your project.


Internet Public Library http://www.ipl.org/div/projectguide/

Are you looking for some help with a science fair project? If so, then you have come to the right place. The IPL will guide you to a variety of web site resources, leading you through the necessary steps to successfully complete a science experiment.


Science Fair Idea Exchange http://scienceclub.org/scifair.html

This site has lists of science fair project ideas and a chance to share your ideas with others on the web.


Try Science http://tryscience.com

Science resource for home that gives you labs to try and 400 helpful links all related to science.


The Yuckiest Site in the Internet http://kids.discovery.com/activities

This site contains lots of science activities and information.


Science Fair Primer http://users.rcn.com/tedrowan/primer.html

A site to help students get started and run a science fair project.