New Course – Science Fairs: Essentials for Educators and Participants

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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.



Faculty, Researchers, Staff, Secondary School Students, Teachers


Meet the Authors

Jacob Kolman, MA, ISMPP CMPP – Houston Methodist and Texas A&M University

Jacob Kolman is a senior scientific writer at Houston Methodist and Texas A&M University, with an MA in Philosophy and BA in English and Philosophy. His background includes research ethics and epistemology, literature reviews, and qualitative analyses. Mr. Kolman helps interdisciplinary faculty and trainees prepare publications, grants, and IRB protocols.

Heather Domjan, EdD – University of Houston

University of Houston Associate Clinical Professor in the College of Education teaching science as inquiry and STEM to pre-service teachers. Dr. Domjan is the Interim Executive Director of the University of Houston STEM Center overseeing K-16 programs and Executive Director of the Science and Engineering Fair of Houston.

Wilford Miranda, MS – Scheck Hillel Community School

Wilford is a microbiology teacher at Scheck Hillel Community School. He is also a local the HOSA – Future Health Professional Broward Advisor. Mr. Miranda’s goal is to provide experiential learning experiences into the classroom through HOSA and the Tiny Earth Program, a network of students and teachers focused on identifying novel antibiotics from soil bacteria.

Eva Burgess, MEEd – Churchill High School

Eva Burgess is a classroom educator and researcher focused on engaging students in rigorous science curriculum. She holds a master’s degree in Environmental Education and has classroom experience that ranges from the pre-K to the undergraduate level.

Sylvia Singletary, DVM, MBA, DACLAM – Laboratory Animal Consultant

Dr. Singletary received a BS from Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA, DVM from Tuskegee School of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee, AL, and completed her residency at Emory University Division of Laboratory Animal Resources, Atlanta, GA. In 2001, she earned her DACLAM. Dr. Singletary has one daughter and enjoys horseback riding and photography.