Science Fair Resources at the Austin Public Library
Need help with a science fair project? The Austin Public Library has everything your child needs to complete their science fair project.
Forms and Information
Pick up copies of the science fair registration forms. The completed registration forms should be submitted to the student’s school, NOT to the Austin Public Library.
Obtain worksheets that teach about the scientific method, how to form a hypothesis, collect data, and create a board to present the day of the science fair.
Access our website at www.sciencefairmentoring.org to view information on how to pick a project, complete your experiment, and prepare to present at the science fair. Information available for both parents and students to use.
Not sure how to build a trifold board? See an example of one we created for inspiration and guidance.
Research Your Project
Computers are available to find a project idea or research background information.
Science books are available to access for information about your topic. Use them at the library or check them out and take them home. Science books for kids can be found starting in the J500 section.
The Austin Public Library has access to the Electronic Library of Minnesota, a free online library that has information about science for elementary school students. To go straight to the science and math area of this resource, go to http://www.elm4you.org/databases/topics/sciencemath.
A full list of science fair experiments can be found by clicking “Science Reference Center” (see Figure 1) or “Science Experiments” (see Figure 2).
Computers and printers
Check out a laptop and/or WiFi hot spot to use at home to research your project and type your data. These are in high demand, so be sure to add your name to the request list early. These are not usually available to check out on demand.
Use a computer at the library. Research your project on the internet and type up the information for your project. Create graphs and charts showing your results.
Print off information about your project to glue to your trifold board at the library or print off notes to help you present the day of the science fair.
Art Supplies and Workspace
Art supplies including markers, glue, scissors, construction paper, rulers, poster letters, and trifold boards are available for STEAM Expo participants in January and February. Ask at the information desk for these supplies.
There is lots of space to spread out and work on your board. Just be sure to clean up after you are done working.
For more information about the Austin Public Library, to access their online card catalog or find out hours of operation, please visit their website at www.austinpubliclibrary.org.
For more information about the Science Fair Mentoring Project, visit our website at www.sciencefairmentoring.org, email us at ScienceFairMentorMN@gmail.com, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@SFMPMN).