GATEway science fair to hold “how to” sessions

November 15, 2017 GMT

GATEWay, Rochester’s chapter of the Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented, will be hosting two upcoming “how-to” workshops in preparation for the annual February science fair.

The workshops — for any student in grades three through six, including those from surrounding communities — help “demystify” the process of preparing a science fair project, creating a display board and talking to reviewers about the project.

Two sessions will be offered for families, each beginning with short presentation about the scientific method of inquiry and what makes a good science fair project. Students will work in small groups with science professionals, who will guide them through two sample experiments in which they’ll collect data and discuss findings.

Each small group will get a look at an example display board and will participate in a mock review.

At the end of the sessions, students will have time to brainstorm ideas for the project and browse display boards made by other students for previous science fairs.

As with the Science Fair itself, students do not have to be in any kind of gifted program to participate. This year, the science fair will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the Mayo Clinic Gonda Building.

GATEway recommends students pre-register at www.rochestergateway.com so that the group can plan for materials, space and volunteers.

Both sessions will be held in the Century High School cafeteria. The session options are:

• 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28

• 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2

Registration for the science fair itself is through Rochester Community Education, at rochester.ce.eleyo.com with course code 3071.261. The registration fee of $12 includes a T-shirt if registration is received by the deadline of Wednesday, January 24, 2018.