What a wonderful job the students did yesterday. I am so proud of all their accomplishments.
Of the 88 projects judged, 19 received a Superior Rating and qualify for District Competition on March 21st.The judges were very complimentary of the students and their projects. Some of the comments I heard were: High quality, outstanding, “I learned something today”, something special, the whole package. The judges that came from SWCD said that this is their favorite fair to judge (and they judge a lot). One judge is considering bring her child here to pre-school because of science fair and the students.
I believe it is important to reflect on what was done by both the students and myself. I have asked the students to write about their experience and have already started a list for myself from suggestions from the judges and the students.
One area I would like to incorporate next year is to start a mentoring program. One of the judges suggested it and said she would be willing to be a mentor. If you are interested in being a mentor, watch for a sign-up sheet in August.
There was a question yesterday about how the students were assigned to a category. Since one person had the question, I thought more parents might, so I will explain. The categories come from the list from The Ohio Academy of Science. I group the students by the project’s area of science. I also take into consideration that the trophies are donated by Home and School and I can not have only 1 or 2 students in a category. In that case, I find the “Best Fit” for that project. I know it is not always perfect, but I try to be as fair as possible to the judges with reguard to the number of projects they are judging and the similarity of the concepts being covered.
All of us have put a lot time and effort into science fair and I appreciate your support.