University of Wollongong Illawarra Coal Science Fair

University of Wollongong Illawarra Coal Science Fair judging UOW Sports Hub

What is a Science Fair?

A science fair is an opportunity for you to showcase your research projects and compete for prizes. It is much like the US Science Fair episode of the Simpsons. Projects will be displayed on large poster boards. There will be lots of judges who will talk to you about your research project and give you feedback.

Why are we holding a Science Fair?

The great value of a Science Fair is that it provides an opportunity for students to showcase the results of their own science research projects and it encourages the development of both research and communication skills.  By participating in the Science Fair, students become researchers in their own right.

When and Where?

Wednesday, 29 November 2017, at the Sports Hub, University of Wollongong.

Are there Prizes?

Prizes are offered for the projects that come 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each age group. Awards are also given to the best projects in the following categories:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth & Environmental Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine & Health
  • Physics
  • Technology

Age Groups

  • Years 3 & 4
  • Years 5 & 6
  • Years 7 & 8
  • Years 9 & 10
  • Years 11 & 12

Why should I enter?

You will:

  • Conduct your own original research, you will become an EXPERT!
  • Develop both research skills and oral and written communication skills
  • Have the opportunity to discuss your research with experts
  • Be eligible for great prizes
  • Meet other students who have also enjoyed doing a research project
  • Have a FUN day at the Science Fair

How do I enter?

See the Science Coordinator at your School.

What do I need to do?

  • Find an area of interest to you and start a log book
  • Think of a question you'd like to answer
  • Find yourself a mentor with whom you can discuss your project
  • Come up with an hypothesis (an educated guess as to what you might find)
  • Find out what others know about the topic
  • Design an experiment to test your hypothesis
  • Remember there should be one independent or test variable and control all others
  • Make sure your sample size is as large as possible
  • Collect your data and present it in tables or graphs
  • Write your report, including Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, References and Acknowledgements.
  • Plan your poster presentation

Ideas for things you could do:

  • Design the most efficient simple solar cooker
  • Test the strength of home-made glues
  • Compare pollen grains between different species
  • Investigate the accuracy of use-by dates
  • Test the strength of egg shells
  • Make dyes from local native species
  • Compare chlorophyll found in different types of plants
  • Use chromatography to compare composition
  • Determine the water composition of different fruits or vegetables
  • Compare Vitamin C content in fresh Vs commercial fruit juices

Some previous year's topics:

  • Insulation in houses
  • Stain remover
  • Switch on to sunlight
  • Where do plants grow best?
  • Tricking the brain
  • To mould or not to mould
  • Music and mental ability
  • Left Vs Right side of the body
  • Food intake and fitness
  • Weeping onions
  • Heart Vs Heat
  • Out with backwashing
  • Chemical carrots

Prize winning project: Does the price of the Golf Ball determine its performance?

The Hamburger Experiment

Last reviewed: 20 April, 2017