Every year, the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students participate in our Academic Fair. Students are allowed to choose a project in one of three categories: Science, History, or Fine Arts. Once they have selected a category and specific topic, students are then guided through a four-month process that includes developing a roadmap for the project (its working title, purpose, and outline), conducting research from multiple sources and submitting the research on notecards for approval, performing an experiment for the Science category, writing a research paper, developing a visual display for the project on a formal backboard, giving a speech in class, and answering questions posed by the judges on Academic Fair Day in January.
Science projects are approved and monitored by the middle school science teachers, and the winning projects are taken to the Diocesan Science Fair hosted by Bishop John J. Snyder High School each year and then on to the city's Regional Science Fair as well.
History projects are developed in accordance with the National History Day Foundation's yearly theme. Thematic explanations and sample topics can be found on the Foundation's website at www.nhd.org