• Important Dates & Information!

     This is our timeline for Science Fair for the next seven weeks! Please read through this and keep track of deadlines. Post these deadlines on a calendar, in your student planner, on a sticky note... whatever works best for you! Avoid procrastination! Utilize your time wisely so you can meet all deadlines.

    January 25th - 4th-6th Science Fair begins!

    January 29th - Participation forms due

    February 5th - Project Proposals due

    February 12th - Students should begin project no later than this date

    February 26th - Projects should start wrapping up!

    March 1st - Practice presenting project at least 3 times before recording your video presentation


    March 8th-12th- VIRTUAL SCIENCE FAIR (judges will be virtually assessing your projects over the course of one week and submit their score sheets to me via email.


  • Read this First!

    Hi everyone!

    It is that time of year again... Science Fair! I am excited to be running this wonderful event again and am looking forward to working with your students. 

    Science Fair begins January 25th and runs through March 12th (right before spring break).

    Here's how science fair is going to work this year:

    -Science Fair is going to be 100% VIRTUAL. All meetings, materials and presentations will be contactless due to COVID-19.

    -Science Fair will be open to both in-person and vritual students; EVERYONE will have the opportunity to participate if they so choose.

    -Science Fair is OPTIONAL. Students do not have to participate if they do not want to.

    -Science Fair will be run through a Google Classroom that I will monitor over the next seven weeks.

    -If any of your students are interested in joinnig science fair this year, they simply need to join the Google Classroom using the class code provided by their homeroom teachers. 

    -Since I work with 4th, 5th and 6th grade, I have organized all assignment folders according to science emojis: 4th grade is the rocket, 5th grade is the T-rex, and 6th grade is the microscope. This information is posted on the Google Classroom as well.

    -Science Fair will continue to be a judged event. I have put together a panel of local experts in various fields of science to judge this event. 

    Most important, the Science Fair is fun!! I look forward to this event every single year and am glad we could make it possible for 2021! Please encourage your students to take advantage of this opportunity!

    Once your student(s) have joined the Google Classroom, they will have access to ALL resources and materials needed for the next seven weeks.  

    Please reach out to me with any questions you may have! My contact information is posted on this Google Classroom as well, this way your student(s) can email me if they have questions! Parents, please use my Hellgate email (kmatthews@hellgate.k12.mt.us) to contact me!

    Looking forward to working with your student!

    Katie Matthews

  • Safety Guidelines

    1. Is it safe for other people or animals that are involved? 

    Projects must not have unacceptable risks which include the ingestion of any substance or physical contact with any potentially hazardous materials, as well as unnecessary physical, psychological, or emotional stress. If you're not sure about the risks of your project, don't hesitate to ask a teacher, parent/family member, or myself to help you decide. 

    *Live animals should be housed, cared for, and observed in a safe and humane manner.

    2. 6th graders participating in the University of Montana Science Fair must meet the safety requirements.

    Make sure that the project meet the rules of that University of Montana Science Fair. Science fairs affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) must follow very strict and detailed safety rules, often including pre-approval before experimentation begins. 

    3. Address safety concerns to your parents/family members and teachers.

    Make sure you address all safety issues in your project proposal. This must be done before your project proposal can be approved. Think of the following questions:

    -Where will the experiment be performed? 

    -What safety gear/equipment will be used?

    -Who will be supervising the experiment (if any supervision is required)?

    -Are you knowledgeable about or do you have training/experience in the procedures being used?

    Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) Rules & Guidelines

    Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair- Rules and Guidelines

    ISEF Rules Wizards- Determine what forms and approvals are required for entry into the Montana Science Fair.

    ISEF Forms

  • Presentation & Display Guidelines

    1. Frame Your Investigation!

    Why did you choose this particular project?

    2. List your Materials and Procedures.

    Describe what you did!

    3. State Your Question!

    What question were you trying to answer/to test?

    4. Hypothesis

    What was your prediction? Was it correct? Incorrect? Why?

    5. Report Results/ Analyze Data

    Use charts, graphs and photographs to explain/show your results and data.

    6. Conclusion

    What did you learn? Explain your results and the science behind those results. Could you improved your experiement? What further experiements could be done?




  • Judges, Volunteers & Judging Criteria!

    Judging Criteria- 4th, 5th, 6th 

    1. Creative Ability

    Does the project display originality in the question asked, the approach to solving the problem, the evaluation and interpretation of the data, and the ues of equipment. 

    2. Scientifc Thought/Engineering Goals

    Is the problem stated clearly? Does the project have a clear objective? Was there a procedural plan? Were the variables clearly recognized and defined? Was the solution testable? Does the project have relevance to science? 

    3. Thoroughness

    Does the project carry out its purpose? 

    4. Skill

    Does the student hace laboratory, computation, observational, and deisgn skills required to do all the necessary work? 

    5. Clarity

    Is the student able to clearly discuss the project? Is the project's question, hypothesis, goal, procedures, variables and conclusion clear and concise? Has the written information been expressed well by the student? Are the important phases of the project presented in an orderly manner? Are the data and the results organized and presented in a clear manner?