Bay Area Science & Engineering Fair

This is the archive of the former BASEF web site. Please see the current one at http://basef.ca

Project Resources

There are a number of people and places that you can turn to for help with picking a subject, conducting research, and putting together your presentation: your teachers, your parents, college and university instructors, and, of course, the Web. We've begun collecting links to on-line resources here. If you find something that you think others should know about, send us a note.

2009/01/25: Our link-checker shows that some of these links have gone stale; we're working to find the resources or remove the from the list.



Contents

  1. Ideas & Activities
  2. Tools, Methods & Guidelines
  3. Backboard, Presentation & Polish
  4. Resources for Teachers & Parents
  5. Related Organizations for Youth Scientists
  6. Others Lists of Resources


Ideas & Activities

There are a number of sites which have ideas for projects and activities designed for elementary and high-school students. Not all of these sites have to do with science fairs specifically, but they all give you ideas of things that you can experiment with at home or school.

YES I Can! Science
This site is aimed at teachers, to "provide [them] with the classroom resources and background material", some of the lessons and examples might get you thinking about ideas for a junior or intermediate project.
Science Buddies
Science Buddies is a non-profit organization focused on providing free science fair ideas, answers, and tools for students in grades K-12.
Science Sites Worth A Look from Darwin Magazine
Links to sites which introduce you to prinicples and problems in such fields as classical mathematics, semiconductors, and string theory.
KidSpace at the Canadian Space Agency
Ideas for space-related projects for students and teachers.
Science Fair Central from Discovery.com
A comprehensive site with, among other things, ideas for projects and links to other resources.
ExploreScience.com and ExploreMath.com
Activities and ideas which could be the starting point for a Junior or Intermediate level project.
ScienceFairs
"...this homepage is designed to aid students in the most difficult aspect of their science fair experience; getting an idea."
STATS
"STAS, the Prince Edward Island Science and Technology Awareness Site, is a bilingual resource for students and teachers to learn, teach, and discover." The site contains ideas for projects and resources for teachers and science-fair organizers.
Bay-Area Restoration Council
"BARC is a confederation of community stakeholders, devoted to revitalizing Hamilton Harbour and its watershed through promoting and monitoring the clean-up efforts." Reading about the BARC and it's activities or following the links in its Resources section may help you come up with an idea for a water ecology project.


Tools, Methods & Guidelines

Science Fair Central from Discovery.com
A comprehensive site with, among other things, a handbook covering research and analysis methods.
Science Success!
The BASEF organizers have developed the Science Success! program to help students to learn about the scientific process while producing a well-designed project. They also aim to help teachers use projects and school science fairs to realize specific curriculum outcomes.
 
Canadian Council on Animal Care
This is a fairly comprehensive and dense site, but high-school students doing work with animals should have a look.
Math Activities for High School Students
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at McMaster University offers presentations on topics in mathematics and problem-solving sessions for high school students. Professors Miroslav Lovric and Slavek Kovarik can help students with mathematical and statistical elements of analysis and reporting.


Backboard, Presentation & Polish

Plans for a Folding Wooden Backboard (150Kb, 22" x 17" PDF file)
A draftsman at ArcelorMittal Dofasco has prepared plans for a folding wooden backboard that meets BASEF and (at present) Canada-Wide Science Fair regulations and is light enough and small enough to go on a plane as checked baggage. Note that this is not a set of step-by-step instructions but rather engineering plans - that said, it's not rocket science, either.
Science Fair Central from Discovery.com
A comprehensive site with, among other things, a handbook including suggestions for reports and displays.
Science Fair Project How-tos
Some tips for documenting and presenting a project.


Resources for Teachers & Parents

The following sites are about science and education in general, but may be help teachers and parents think about and emphasize the role of science and technology in a student's education.

Let's Talk Science from the University of Western Ontario
"Let's Talk Science is striving to improve Science literacy through innovative educational programs, research and advocacy. [They] exist to motivate and empower young Canadians through Science education."
The Learning Partnership
"The Learning Partnership develops linkages among business, education and community through partnership projects, which excite and challenge thousands of students and teachers across Canada in the publicly funded education system to grow and become life long learners."
STATS
"STAS, the Prince Edward Island Science and Technology Awareness Site, is a bilingual resource for students and teachers to learn, teach, and discover." The site contains ideas for projects and resources for teachers and science-fair organizers.
Intel in Canadian Education
Resources for teachers to help inspire interest in math, science and engineering.

Related Organizations for Young Scientists

YSF SMARTS Network
The Student Mentorship Association Regarding Technology & Science (SMARTS) is a student run program within the Youth Science Foundation (YSF) Canada to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) opportunities among Grade 7-12 students.

Others Lists of Resources

Theses sites contain little content of their own, but have good lists of sites with ideas, guidelines and tools.

Science Fair Project Resource Guide
An overview of the process of creating a first project, with links to several good sites resources.
London District Science & Technology Fair links page
The LDSTF links page, which has sections for "help with projects" and "science education sites."