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Teacher's Guide to Science Projects

The Teacher's Guide to Science Projects was developed to provide teachers with everything they need to assign, manage, and evaluate a science project program in the classroom, including lots of tips to make a science project a fun educational experience. While this guide was designed for teachers who have never assigned a science project, it also offers a variety of tools and tips that seasoned teachers will find useful. Some of the key elements included in the guide:

Download Teacher's Guide to Science Projects (pdf)

Download Science Fair Schedule Worksheet (Word doc): This worksheet is a handy tool to help construct a schedule for science fair assignment due dates. In contrast to the timelines and schedules included in our Teacher's Guide to Science Projects, these worksheets are not tied directly to the resources in our online Science Project Guide and can be helpful for teachers who are planning a science project but might be using materials other than those provided on our website.

Science Fair Project Grading Rubrics

Grading rubrics are an important component of the science project to ensure that all projects are graded fairly and on the same fundamental concepts. Science Buddies has developed a set of teacher-vetted rubrics in PDF format for each step of the science project as detailed on the Science Buddies website. The rubrics cover:

Draft grading/judging rubric for computer science projects:
Computer science projects are a perfect fit for the interests of many students, but they don't really fit the model of the scientific method. This draft article explains the differences and provides guidelines for computer science projects. Please send us your comments.

NGSS & Science Projects

Learn how Science Buddies resources and hands-on science projects align to the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards with Mapping Science Buddies Content to Core Teaching Standards.

Teachers Guide to Student Resources on Science Buddies

Explore the best way to use Science Buddies resources with your students. Our teachers guide helps you map student science experience to Science Buddies resources that will meet their unique needs. scientific method poster

Scientific Method Classroom Poster

Our 36" x 20" classroom poster provides an overview of the six steps of the scientific method, as described on the Science Buddies website. Anyone interested in printing their own copies may download the PDF.

The Scientific Method vs. the Engineering Design Process

View a side-by-side comparison of the engineering design process and the scientific method. We also have a downloadable version that is perfect for an easy reference, classroom poster.

Success Stories from Teachers and Students

We love hearing from teachers who have been using Science Buddies materials in their classrooms. Our collection of Teacher Testimonials is inspiring, as are stories of successful student and teacher projects inspired and assisted by Science Buddies resources and project ideas.

A Guide to Planning a Science Fair

Planning your school's science fair? New to the process or just looking for a more organized approach? We've developed the documents below to help you put on a successful science fair, from start to finish. The documents go hand in hand and offer many options that you can tailor to your school's fair.

Science Enrichment Tools: Encourage Science

Science Buddies wants you and your students to get the most out of the science fair project experience, and we're confident that these Science Project Enrichment Tools will help. Each tool features grade-level applicability, implementation instructions, and direct benefits for your students. Please visit each link, some of which include supplementary tools for you to download and print for use in your classroom.

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