If you can’t find someone more experienced than you, even discussing your ideas with a trusted classmate, parent, or older sibling is a good idea.
Sometimes the outside perspective will help to fine-tune your design or identify areas for improvement.
Participants are judged by a panel of experts who score each presentation according to a rubric.
Traditionally, awards are presented for the top-scoring projects.
You should also begin some research at this stage to learn how similar projects have been conducted in the past.
Use the results and limitations from these experiments to help guide your own experimental design.
In addition, be sure to check the rules of the specific science fairs you’ll be attending.
Some have strict regulations designed to keep you safe, like limiting the ways in which potentially hazardous chemicals can be used.
There are many science fairs beyond school-sponsored fairs, too.
Regional, state, national, and even international fairs are open to students who qualify through their schools and work their way up through the science fair circuit.