Science Fairs: Essentials for Educators and Participants

Provides essential training to students and teachers who participate in science fairs.

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About this Course

Through an engaging video presentation, learners explore critical topics necessary for successful participation in science fairs. The course begins with an overview of research integrity, where learners explore approaches for the appropriate crediting of work and how to collect and manage data, while also understanding elements of research misconduct. The course then presents the International Science and Engineering Fair rules, responsibilities of researchers, and an overview of the scientific method. Moving on from the rules, learners then review the forms often required for science fairs. Select topics important in research are also covered as part of this course, including environmental stewardship, animal care, human subjects research, and potentially hazardous biological agents.

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Language Availability: English

Suggested Audiences: Faculty, Researchers, Secondary School Students, Staff, Teachers

Organizational Subscription Price: $1,000 per year/per site (public schools/districts and other non-profit organizations may be eligible for a 25% discount). Request a Quote
Independent Learner Price: This course is not available to individual learners

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Course Content

Research Integrity

In this introductory module, learners review the importance of research integrity and foundational elements of what is commonly referred to as the Responsible Conduct of Research. The module includes a discussion of research misconduct as well as an overview of proper and complete referencing by style. Learners will also explore different types of authorship.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 20684 (English)
Author(s): Jacob Kolman, MA, ISMPP CMPP - Houston Methodist and Texas A&M University

Science Fair 101

This module identifies the rules and considerations to ensure a safe research environment, with particular attention to researcher requirements and responsibilities related to science fairs. The module also provides an overview of the approval and documentation process as well as the scientific method.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 20685 (English)
Author(s): Heather Domjan, EdD - University of Houston; Wilford Miranda, MS - Scheck Hillel Community School

Science Fair Forms

Identifying and understanding the different forms required by the International Science and Engineering Fair for scientific research are key to success in science fairs. This module guides learners through the different forms, explains the importance of each form, and describes each form’s relationship to scientific research projects. The module concludes with strategies to assist students in identifying which form to use when starting scientific research.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 20686 (English)
Author(s): Heather Domjan, EdD - University of Houston; Wilford Miranda, MS - Scheck Hillel Community School

Environmental Stewardship

This module introduces learners to environmental stewardship with a review of sustainability's “3E's” (environment, economy, and equity). It explains how environmental stewardship can positively impact natural carbon sinks and help eliminate the main emission sources. It concludes with actions students can take to make their science fair projects more environmentally sustainable.

Recommended Use: Supplemental
ID (Language): 20687 (English)
Author(s): Eva Burgess, MEEd - Churchill High School

Animal Care

In this module, learners review the common regulations that apply to animal research and the basics of working with animals. The module introduces the “3Rs” (replacement, reduction, and refinement) and identifies the purpose and value of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

Recommended Use: Supplemental
ID (Language): 20688 (English)
Author(s): Sylvia Singletary, DVM, MBA, DACLAM - Laboratory Animal Consultant

Human Subjects Research

This module provides an overview of human subjects research in the United States. It begins with the historical cases of unethical research involving humans that led to regulations and procedures that protect human subjects. It then reviews the fundamental ethical principles of human subjects research and the corresponding regulations. The module concludes by discussing a researcher’s essential responsibilities when working with human subjects.

Recommended Use: Supplemental
ID (Language): 20689 (English)
Author(s): Jacob Kolman, MA, ISMPP CMPP - Houston Methodist and Texas A&M University

Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents

This last module presents learners with a review of projects that require the preapproval of a scientific review committee and the rules and procedures related to working with potentially hazardous biological agents. The module defines and provides examples of the four biosafety level risk groups. It concludes with a review of where projects may occur and who must supervise the projects depending on the nature of the project.

Recommended Use: Supplemental
ID (Language): 20690 (English)
Author(s): Eva Burgess, MEEd - Churchill High School


Who should take the Science Fairs: Essentials for Educators and Participants course?

The suggested audience includes students, teachers, and other personnel who participate in science fairs.

How long does it take to complete the Science Fairs: Essentials for Educators and Participants course?

This course consists of three required modules and four supplemental modules. Each module is video based and includes a quiz.

Modules vary in length, and learners may require different amounts of time to complete them based on their familiarity and knowledge of the topic. However, the three required modules should take approximately one hour to complete.

Can this course be added to our organization’s current subscription?

What are the standard recommendations for learner groups?

This course is designed such that learners should complete all three required modules in sequence. The other four modules should be presented as supplemental and can be completed in any order.

Is this course eligible for continuing medical education credits?

This course does not currently have CE/CME credits available.

Why should an organization subscribe to this course?

Organizational subscriptions provide access to the organization's affiliated members. This allows organizations to train individuals across the organization on science fairs.

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