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Wolfe Hall Suite 1235

2801 West Bancroft St.,
Mail Stop #604
Toledo, Ohio 43606-3390

Phone: 419.530.2009
Fax: 419.530.4421

envsciences@utoledo.edu

Information for Parents

WHY SHOULD STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN SCIENCE DAYS?

*Participation in science days helps students develop basic skills they will use daily throughout their life—to sense and clarify problems that exist, to conduct research, to find creative solutions to problems, and to communicate.

*Participation in science day gives students the opportunity to develop the skills, attitudes, and knowledge that will help them be comfortable and successful in an ever-changing scientific, technological society.

*Preparing students for citizen participation in the development of science and technology policy and the utilization of science in everyday life are worthwhile goals often ignored in school curricula, that are achieved through a student research project.

*Science days offer students the opportunity to define a problem and to design an experiment that will attempt to solve or investigate that problem, thus enabling the student to learn through discovery a topic of their own interest.

*Students can win special recognition for achievement, certificates, cash awards and college scholarships.

*Top students can advance to State Science Day.

APPREHENSIVE ABOUT SCIENCE FAIRS?

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Director, Mark J. Camp at 419-530-2398 or mark.camp@utoledo.edu

DO YOUR YOUNG SCIENTISTS NEED IDEAS OR SUGGESTIONS?

Try  Science Fair Ideas

Also use the resources of your local library.  Ask a librarian.

SUGGESTED CALENDAR

Sept-Oct    Students do background work and decide on project.

All forms are now filled out online at Stem Wizard. The site will determine what forms are necessary. Make copies of everything and have them available at the student’s project site on Science Day. You may also pay the registration fee on-line if using credit card. Otherwise registration fees will be mailed to:

Dr. Mark J. Camp, Dept. of Environmental Sciences, MS # 604, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 43606-3390 Make certain checks are payable to:  Northwest Ohio District Science Day.

Fill out forms necessary for project that need to be approved before research begins. Approval Form (IB) needs your signature. Dependent on project content you may need to sign Risk Assessment Form (3) and/or Human Subjects and Informed Consent Form (4). Before entries are sent in February or early March you will also have to sign a Consent and Release Agreement during the online registration process.

Oct-Nov    Project approved by teacher and/or Local Scientific Review Committee or Institutional Review Board.  All forms signed by appropriate people before experimentation begins. 

Oct-Dec    After project is approved student should: 

  • Conduct more background research
  • Begin experimentation
  • Collect data and draw conclusions 
  • Write research paper and include proper references
  • Prepare presentation/poster board 

Dec-Feb     Local fair at school, school district, county, etc. 

Volunteer judges are needed for Northwest Ohio District Science Day. If you are interested contact your child's teacher or the Director of NWDSD or register on line by clicking here.

Registration for Northwest Ohio District 2 Science day is now online. Students should click here to begin registration. Follow the online instructions. The online registration will indicate what forms are necessary for each specific project.

If you do not pay on-line by credit card make certain checks are made out to Northwest Ohio District Science Day.  Fees are $20.00 per participant.

Monday Feb. 20, 2019 NWDSD Registration ends. 

Saturday Mar. 2, 2019  NWDSD at UT

Students should:

  • Be at the University of Toledo by 8AM.  Registration is from 7:30-8:45AM on second floor of Student Union.  Follow the signs in the Thompson Student Union. You must register before setting up project.
  • Bring poster board, research report, data logs, and copies of registration forms
  • Do not bring experimental equipment, specimens, materials, chemicals, plants, animals, bacteria, etc.
  • Remove project from 1:30-2:30.
  • Attend awards ceremony at 2:30 in the Ingman Room (Room 2520) of Thompson Student Union to qualify for State Science Day and receive special awards.

Parents should:

  • Park in West Parking Garage or Area 12 and 13 on west side of campus. See campus map. Arrive on campus by 8AM.  Students must register on second floor of Student Union between 7:30-9AM before setting up project in the exhibit areas.  Follow signs once in Student Union.
  • Leave exhibit areas by 9AM.  You may re-enter at Noon when judging is completed. The Union has a lounge area.  Take-out and sit-down food will be available at Phonecia  Cuisine on the top floor of the Student Union, just upstairs from the Auditorium.

Directly after NWDSD

  • For those whose son and/or daughter has qualified for State Science Day make certain you understand what is needed for registering. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Mark J. Camp at 419-530-2398 or mark.camp@utoledo.edu Visit the State Science Day website for details.
  • Any problems with sponsored awards--also contact Dr. Camp.

May 11, 2019  State Science Day at OSU

WHAT ABOUT REJUDGING?

 A team of two judges will judge each project following Ohio Academy of Science standards.  If each judge grants a total score within any one rating category (Superior, Excellent, Good, or Satisfactory), that specific rating (Superior, Excellent, Good, Satisfactory) will be granted to the student and no rejudging is permitted. Rejudging is automatic and is permissible only if all three of the following conditions apply:

a. the judges' final ratings are in different categories,
b. the average of the judges' scores is in the lower category, and
c. if the judges differ in their total points by more than five points.

 HOW ARE STUDENTS CHOSEN TO ATTEND STATE SCIENCE DAY?

Each district in the state of Ohio has a quota for students who may participate in State Science Day at the Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. The quota for our district is   .  The procedure for choosing students to fill this quota is:

  1. All 5 to 12th graders with 40 points, in descending grade order (i.e. 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7) are chosen first.
  2. All 5 to 12th graders with 39 points, in descending grade order are chosen next.
  3. Next, students with 38 points are chosen in descending class order (grade 12,11,10,9,8,7, 6, 5).
  4. Then, students with 37 points are chosen in descending class order (grade 12,11,10,9,8,7, 6, 5).
  5. Finally 5 to 12th graders with 36 points in descending grade level are chosen.
  6. If there are more qualifiers in the final grade/numerical score division than quota positions, the final group will be determined by random draw (i.e. If there are 5 positions and 8 freshmen with 37’s, the 5 participants will be determined by random draw of these 8 students).
  7. Alternates will be selected via random drawing following the same guidelines as above.

ALL STUDENTS INTENDING TO COMPETE AT STATE SCIENCE DAY MUST ATTEND THE AWARDS CEREMONY IN INGMAN ROOM IN THOMPSON STUDENT UNION OR HAVE SOMEONE, REPRESENTING THEM ATTEND IN THEIR PLACE. STATE QUALIFIERS WILL BE GIVEN AN ENTRY PACKET AT THE AWARDS CEREMONY. PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS INCLUDED WITH EACH ENTRY PACKET IMMEDIATELY AS THERE ARE IMPORTANT DEADLINES GIVEN. Registration is on-line.   Contact Director Mark J. Camp at 419-530-2398 or mark.camp@utoledo.edu if you have problems.

State Science Day for 2019 will be held at the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio on May 11th.  For information on State Science Day

Summary of Parent Responsibilities

  • Complete all necessary registration papers, signing where required at appropriate time, usually before experimentation begins. Registration is totally on-line.
  • View website http://www.utoledo.edu/nsm/envsciences/camp/index.html  (click on Science Day) periodically for updates about NWDSD
  • Make certain deadlines are met.  Completed on-line registrations are due  February 20, 2019
  • Keep project on display at NWDSD until 1:30 so public may view projects beginning at noon.
  • Attend NWDSD Awards Ceremony at 2:30 in Ingman Room in Thompson Student Union.

 

Last Updated: 2/18/19