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Contact

Science Fair Director

Amanda Shroyer

Montana Tech
1300 West Park
Butte, MT 59701
406.496.4878 (w)
307.899.0134 (c)
ashroyer@mtech.edu

Registration

Amanda Shroyer

Montana Tech
1300 West Park
Butte, MT 59701
406.496.4878 (w)
307.899.0134 (c)
ashroyer@mtech.edu

Judges

Matt Sargent

Montana Tech
1300 West Park
Butte, MT 59701
406.565.6987 (c)
msargent@mtech.edu

Science Fair & Symposium FAQs

How can I help my students prepare for science fair and symposium?

It is best to start early! One brilliant idea from one of the teachers in our region is to start a few class research projects at the beginning of the school year, and have students make observations and collect data on these small projects. As soon as a student asks a question – help guide them to a science project idea.

Here is a rough schedule guide to help you and your students stay on the track to successful projects:

September – October: Make Observations, Develop Hypotheses & Methods

  • Students make observations and brainstorm ideas, conduct a literature search, develop testable hypotheses, write up a short research proposal, create a research schedule on a calendar to plan around athletic and academic commitments

November – December: Find a Mentor, Collect Data

  • Help students connect with a mentor who works in their field of interest. Keep in mind that students might not have experience interacting with professional scientists and will need guidance on communication and follow-through
  • Students begin research and data collection
  • Make sure students receive prior approval from our Scientific Review Committee (SRC) if conducting work with hazardous materials, or vertebrate animals; and the Institutional Review Board (IRB) if doing a study involving human subjects. See Society for Science & the Public (SSP) website & rules wizard for guidance

December – January: Analyze Data, Write Research Paper

  • Students analyze and interpret data, write a research paper
  • Help students interpret their data and encourage them to compare their results to research done by other scientists in their field of interest, assist students with organizing and formatting their research paper and teach them about scientific references

February: Communicate Findings

  • Students finish data analysis and interpretation, design poster board
  • Help students practice communicating their project importance, hypotheses, research methods, results, conclusions, and discussion/future work

What are the benefits to students who compete in science fair and symposium?

Science fair students have the opportunity to engage in a scientific topic they are interested in. Students have the opportunity meet other young scientists, work with professional scientists, and be rewarded for their efforts. In addition, they will gain skill and confidence in communicating technical concepts.

How can teachers benefit from science fair and symposium?

Teachers can engage students in science and engineering practices, while teaching crosscutting concepts. At the fair and symposium, teachers have the opportunity to meet other motivated science teachers, and be rewarded for their efforts in guiding the next generation of brilliant scientists.

How can I be more involved?

We are always appreciative of the many folks who volunteer each year to judge, fundraise, conduct outreach, and mentor students. Please ask Amanda at ashroyer@mtech.edu how you or someone you know can help.