Sparking an Interest in Science

Calling all aspiring scientists! It’s time to put on your lab coat and let your imagination go wild. Discovery Science Center (DSC) is proud to partner with the famous El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood to host a Frankenweenie Science Fair in conjunction with the October 5th release of the movie Frankenweenie by acclaimed director Tim Burton.

In Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences. Participating students will conduct and submit their own inventive science experiment! This unique science fair will gather the best and brightest students to compete for three grand prizes.

The first 50 participating students will receive a ticket to see Frankenweenie at the historic El Capitan Theatre, and a pair of tickets to visit Discovery Science Center. The exciting first round of judging to determine the finalists will happen the week of September 10, 2012, and then finalists will be judged by VIP judges the week of September 27. Of all participating students, six finalists will be selected to have their projects on display at El Capitan Theatre from October 5 to November 1, 2012. In addition, the six finalists will each receive Disneyland tickets for them and three guests for reaching this distinguished level.

The Science Fair competition concludes at the El Capitan Theatre on October 5th when three Grand Prize winners will accept their awards at a special ceremony, on the El Capitan stage prior to the showing of Frankenweenie. Grand Prize winners will receive all prizes listed previously plus a behind-the-scenes tour of Walt Disney Studios.

TIMELINE & REGISTRATION

(All dates and times subject to change without notice)

Interested participants must be entering the 2012-2013 school year as a 5th – 12th grade student. All projects must present an experimentally based research design; illustrating scientific methodology or a demonstration/exhibition of a science or engineering concept based on themes from the movie Frankenweenie. To become inspired, please visit www.disney.go.com/FRANKENWEENIE

Download Project Criteria

Step One: Intent to Participate

The student must complete the “Intent to Participate” questionnaire on or before August 31, 2012. This form must be signed by the student’s legal guardian.

Step Two: Receive Confirmation

The student must receive confirmation from Discovery Science Center that his/her science fair project described on the “Intent to Participate” Questionnaire has been accepted in order to proceed to step three below.

Step Three: Complete “Application for Judging” & “Authorization & Release” Form

The student must complete both an “Application for Judging” and “Authorization and Release” form and submit them to sciencefair@discoverycube.org on or before September 6, 2012.  These forms must be signed by the student’s legal guardian.

Step Four: Receive Second Confirmation

The student must receive confirmation from Discovery Science Center that his/her project has been accepted into the Frankenweenie Science Fair to be judged. The student will later receive a location, date and time for the judging of his/her science fair project.

Step Five: Judging & Prizes

The exciting first round of judging to determine the finalists will happen the week of September 10, 2012. The first fifty (50) students to submit their “Application for Judging” forms (whether they are selected as a finalist or not) will receive a ticket to see Frankenweenie at the historic El Capitan Theatre, and a pair of tickets to visit Discovery Science Center.

Of all participating students, six finalists will be selected to have their projects on display at El Capitan Theatre from October 5 to November 1, 2012. In addition, the six finalists will each receive Disneyland tickets for themselves and three guests for reaching this distinguished level.  A second round of judging, conducted by VIP judges, will occur the week of September 27th.   Three grand prizes winners will be selected to receive each of the previously mentioned prizes as well as  a behind-the-scenes tour of Walt Disney Studio for four (the finalist and three other people).

Finalists must commit to attending the Opening Show/Award Ceremony of Frankenweenie at the El Capitan Theatre on October 5, 2012 at 4:00PM and agree to be interviewed for the purpose of this competition by the panels of judges, as well as any Disney and/or media personnel on or off camera. A total of four people (the finalist plus three others) per each of the six finalists will be invited to attend the October 5th showing of Frankenweenie.

Questions can be sent to sciencefair@discoverycube.org or call Jennifer Schroeder at 714-263-3827.