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Subject: Need help with judging criteria for school fair projects.
Date Posted: 9/21/2008 1:48 AM ET
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Our homeschool group is having our very first fair and I'm trying to write up judging criteria for entrys. It's small and we want to keep it simple by only having 4 categories:

  1. Art (subdivisions will be hanging art & model art)
  2. History 
  3. Science 
  4. Home Art (subdivisions will be baked goods & table settings)

I've scrounged the internet and found some things but it's limited so any help would be appreciated.


Date Posted: 9/21/2008 8:09 PM ET
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Personally I would ammend Histry to Be History/social Studies. this would alow families/kids to do a project on a country or peoples.

I would ammend Home art to Be Home economics. this would also allow for sewing and other Fiber arts. As well as opening up things like menus and other related options.

otherwise sounds like fun.


Date Posted: 9/21/2008 10:26 PM ET
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Hi Char, 

Our homeschool group had  History and Science Fairs last year.  We have participated in the History Fair every year for the past few.  The parents who put ours on have made it like a competition.   Are you looking for info on something like that?  If so, I probably can send you copies of the info I have on them.   It may be more involved then what you are looking for though.  Let me know if you want it.

My husband and I did the Science Fair.  We asked a neighborhood girl for the info she got from her school about their upcoming Science fair.  We did give ribbons for ours.  But, it ended up that only 3 of our kids and one other kid participated.  Everyone else just signed up for the History Fair!  So, all of our kids ended up getting ribbons, since they were all in different age categories.  I really wanted something noncompetetive and fun, myself!  After our Homeschool Science Fair we went with some public school friends to their school Science fair.  They had a lots of different age groups and each grade did a different type of project.  My favorite projects were the ones where they had to make a new invention.  The kids ideas were so good!  I really could see us using some of those things!

Anyway, I think I would go to the Science teacher at our local school and see if they would mind sharing their info with us if we did do another one in the future.    Hope that helps, Carrie

Date Posted: 9/21/2008 11:48 PM ET
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there are a couple of good books out there about science fairs and how to put them on..


Date Posted: 9/22/2008 1:21 AM ET
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Yeah Ladystyx, history is the category I'm having the most trouble with. I might approach the committee and see what they think.

Carrie I'd be happy with anything. Right now I don't have a clue for the history part. I need a standard for the judges to use when grading the projects. We want to use the Danish Method of judging so it's up to me to present the standards and judging forms to the committee. And I need to move fast, like 2 weeks tops.

I was hoping to find more stuff on the web. I did find some good info in a 4-H manual but nothing in there really covers history or art. And I have a mom who used to teach science so she will help me with that area.

Any ideas would be welcome.