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2020 NWSE date Friday, April 10
NWSE: Student Schedule

For Your Information… 

Advice from our experts…

  • start early
  • do something that solves a “real world” problem
  • plan ahead and do a little every week
  • do something you thought of and are interested in
  • take good observation notes and data throughout the process in your science fair journal or notebook, this makes the writing parts much easier and more fun
  • make sure your board is organized, clearly labeled, and easy to follow
  • have fun!

Northwest Science Expo Categories 

  • Animal Science and Microbiology
  • Behavior and Social Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Consumer Product Testing
  • Earth Science
  • Energy and Transportation
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Medicine and Health Science
  • Physics: Electromagnetic
  • Physics: Mechanical
  • Plant Science


  • Winterhaven School Science Fair: January 30, 2020, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Science Expo at Portland State University:  TBA

A word processed copy of each part will be turned in on the assigned due date. Students will save their work on their apps4pps account. Apps4pps allows for easy access both at school and at home. Students may use Word for their final draft copy.


change to schedule: Part 5 due on or before Tuesday, January 21, 2020
ATTENTION: This date has changed, moved up a week after judging schedule was announced.

Independent Project: Science fair timeline/pacing schedule for 2019-2020.

Look at and seek to understand the “big picture” before you begin.
Please use apps4pps, this will allow us to work on our science fair projects at school as well as at home.
*Remember that we went through this process with our black soldier fly larvae inquiries. We also completed boats and pendulum inquiries.

Part 1: Framing the Investigation
Due on or before December 13, 2019

Set up your journal or notebook in preparation to record observations throughout all parts of the project.  Journals should include; written descriptions, labeled sketches, data tables and graphs, questions, ideas, and problems. Use it for your rough draft of all parts. Use your journal daily!
A. Background Information
What do you already know about your topic? Why did you choose your question? Where did you get the idea? What real world application does it have? What science did you learn about your project/topic through research? Conduct research from a variety of sources (i.e. experts, research articles, web pages, books). Sources must be cited i.e. (according to …).
B. Question
Your inquiry question must have a independent variable (x-axis) and an dependent variable (y-axis). note: the independent variable is the variable you change in the experiment while the dependent variable is the corresponding measurement.
C. Hypothesis and Hypothesis Graph
This is your “educated”, predicted outcome of the inquiry.  Graph your expected outcome then explain your thinking and reasoning in detail. Don’t forget the independent variable (x-axis) and an dependent variable (y-axis).

Part 2: Designing the Investigation
Due on or before Friday, December 20, 2019
Materials List and Procedure-
A. Materials List
List of all materials (ingredients) needed to conduct your experiment
B. Procedures
A complete step by step numbered list explaining how you used your materials while conducting your experiment.
Go to the inquiry portal for guidance on this part or any part of the science fair project. Include a step by step list of the procedure you followed in your experiment. Write this section so that someone who doesn’t know anything about your project can follow what you did. Explain as though your audience is intelligent, but 
uninformed. Using diagrams along with your explanation of the procedure is a good idea.

Part 3: Collecting and Presenting Data
Due on or before Friday, January 10, 2020
Conduct Experiment
A. Record Data and Observations
Record written observations, labeled sketches, and record data in your science fair journal as you conduct your experiment. In order to provide more reliable data, your experiment should be repeated several times.
B. Create a data table that is titled and clearly labeled
. It is a good idea to do a rough draft in your science journal before making a final draft.
C. Using the organized data from your table create a graph. You can use the graphing tool on our web site (Graph It!), or a software program such as excel (advanced) to construct a graph. Clearly label both variables and title your graph.

Part 4: Analyzing and Interpreting
due on or before Friday, January 17, 2020

Analysis and Conclusion: 

A: Analysis
This includes your interpretation of the data displayed in your tables and graphs,  a written explanation of what your data shows.  What story does your graph tell? What patterns did you see?

B: Conclusion
 Explain whether or not the hypothesis is supported by your analysis. Display a graph that shows both your hypothesis and actual data, a combination of your hypothesis graph and your data graph. Compare and contrast your hypothesis with your actual data. Consult your journal for any discoveries and difficulties you encountered along the way and report it here.  What questions were raised during your investigation or after during reflection time that you would you like to explore? 

• Conclusion- Compare you hypothesis graph to your actual data graph. What were you surprised by? Why?  How were your two graphs similar? How were they different?
• Kaizen- what improvements would I make if I were to do this inquiry again?
• What new questions did I come up with?

Part 5 due on or before Tuesday, January 21, 2020
ATTENTION: This date has changed, moved up a week after judging schedule was announced.

Putting it all together…

Display board completed and turned in for judging.

Display Board Directions

SCIENCE FAIR JUDGING Tuesday, January 21 through Thursday, January 23 (Subject to change based on availability of judges.)

SCIENCE FAIR Thursday, January 30, 2019, 5:00-7:00 p.m.


The top finishers in grades 5-8 may participate in the Intel Northwest Science Expo at Portland State University. Information below is tentative 


Not updated for 2020
Important Information for NWSE

  • Set up display Thursday night, April 11 between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. at the PSU gymnasium. You must bring your MS EZ form and list of procedures to leave with your project (Mr. Thompson will send this home on Monday).
  • Signed permission slip turned in to Mr. Thompson no later than Wednesday, April 10.
  • Bus fare for tri-met to and from P.S.U., lunch money for food cart

Friday, April 12, 2019 Schedule:

9:00 depart Winterhaven for P.S.U.

9:00- 10:00 registration and check in

10:00- 12:30 students interviewed by judges

12:30-2:00 lunch break (downtown food court)

2:00-3:15 activities and tours for middle school students

3:15-4:15 Exhibits open to public

4:15-5:15 Middle School Award Ceremony

5:30- Clean-up and projects removed

Fair day schedule