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  • Which words stand out the most to you?Explain research and wordleA Kids’ Inquiry Conference provides students with opportunities to share their excitement about discoveries with other students, to critically evaluate the credibility of their own research and testing, and to draw on the discoveries of other students to further their interest in science, math, engineering and technology. Beyond the Science Fair. Creating a Kids’ Inquiry Conference by Dieckman, Neutze, Pearce & SaulEvolution of KIC for Melissa ISD
  • New Expectations in TEKS: K-4 descriptive investigations, 5 descriptive and experimental (but we need to include comparative), 6-12 all 3What similarities and differences do you see?We know that students really develop the conceptual understanding of the concept if they can teach it to others. This also allows for the concept to go into the long term memory bank.Digital literacy skills are the vehicle for preparation and presentations
  • think, act, speak like scientistsDr. Ballard
  • These are picture of students preparing for and presenting at a KIC conference…What process skills do you see in these pictures?What you will see preparing for and on the day of the conference: Measuring Observing collecting identifying analyzing interpreting modeling demonstrating evaluating organizing creating synthesizing presenting designing testing controlling variables controlling testing standards researching communicating concluding inferring classifying predicting formulating hypotheses
  • Fortune Fish – descriptive investigation - teachers observe and develop questions based on observations. Record questions on sticky notes and add to group chart share out questionsIntroduce concept of Question Board – based on prior investigationsTestable vs. Researchable Question SortIf time, show sample Question Board Qs
  • Difference between deductive inquiry (cook book labs where student do very little thinking) and inductive inquiry (where students develop conceptual understanding through questioning and hypothesizing.)Rote memorization does not promote conceptual understanding.
  • KICMiniCAST2011

    1. 1. Extreme Makeover:Science Fair Edition Alissa Royal K-8 Engineering Coordinator aroyal@melissaisd.org Dollie Green 5th Grade Science Teacher dgreen@melissaisd.org
    2. 2. Science Fair Kids’ Inquiry Conference scientific method  scientific method competition  non-competitive rigid guidelines  choice showing of work through  showing of work through display boards variety of mediums to audiences  authentic experiences  fosters collaboration  become experts on topic  integration of technology beyond word processing
    3. 3.  Get others excited about science Authentic, non-competitive environment Students sharing science experiences Greater awareness of their own science knowledge Strengthened presentation, communication and technology skills
    4. 4.  Foster science inquiry in classrooms stixy.com Start Question Boards early in the year testable vs. researchable questions Establish a student timeline Introduce KIC Establish parent roles Gather materials
    5. 5.  Decide what type of KIC: single school or multi- school Determine location: rooms for presentations and demonstrations, welcome area, keynote address Determine date: time of year and day of week Determine time: begin with KIC Pep Rally, how many sessions, length of sessions, morning group and afternoon group. Determine needs for implementation: technology, materials, volunteers, mentors Coordinator and Teacher Checklist
    6. 6.  Rubrics Roles Planning sheets Blurbs Presenters Bios Journal Articles Rehearsals
    7. 7. Websites Demonstrations Videos Vodcast Display BoardsOral Presentations/PowerPoint Live Streaming
    8. 8.  Increase of student conceptual understanding Increase in district and state data Student ownership of own learning Connects all processing skills in a cohesive experience “Being a scientist” Improves student cognition 21st century skills: digital literacty Business and community partnerships
    9. 9. Dieckman, Dona, Charles R. Pearce, and Wendy Saul. Beyond the Science Fair: Creating a Kids Inquiry Conference. Chicago: Heinemann, 2005. Print."The Kids Inquiry Conference Homepage." The Elementary Science Integration Projects. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Nov. 2010. <http://www.esiponline.org/kic/"Science Education Products and Supplies | ETA/Cuisenaire." ETA/Cuisenaire: Hands-On Manipulatives and Supplemental Educational Materials for Grades PreK-12. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Nov. 2010. <http://www.etacuisenaire.com/catalog/department?deptId=SCIENCE &d0=SCIENCE>."Melissa Ridge Elementary - KIC: Kids Inquiry Conference." Melissa Ridge Elementary - Index. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Nov. 2010. <http://melissa- ridge.groupfusion.net/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=3036&sessio nid=fea16593c11b978dda2befd292dcf250
    10. 10. Structured Guided Student- InitiatedStudent: focuses on focuses on more focuses on one aspect than one aspect all aspectsTeacher: model and guide model and guide defines supporting aspects supporting aspects learning goals guide reasoning guide reasoning guide reasoning with discretion Stixy.com Scientific Inquiry Model: NW Regional Educational Library

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