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Science fair informational presentation bryant

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Science fair informational presentation bryant

  1. 1. Science Fair Projects Young Scientists Search the Unknown…
  2. 2. Communication Tools <ul><li>Parent Resources: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Science Fair Brochure – Updated 2011 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parent Resource Guide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Science Fair Parent Power point </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Importance of Science Projects? <ul><li>Allows for a variety of learning styles </li></ul><ul><li>Real world application </li></ul><ul><li>Hands-on approach to learning </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages higher order thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Allows students to investigate what they are interested in </li></ul><ul><li>Students are responsible for their own learning </li></ul><ul><li>Cross-curricular </li></ul>
  4. 4. Think of a Science Project as an extended assignment , with three distinct phases .
  5. 5. #1 – The Planning Phase <ul><li>Most detailed part… includes: </li></ul><ul><li>Journal….journal….journal </li></ul><ul><li>Deciding what to do </li></ul><ul><li>Doing some research </li></ul><ul><li>Forming a hypothesis </li></ul><ul><li>Writing the experiment plan </li></ul><ul><li>KEY: Keep It Simple! </li></ul>
  6. 6. #2 - The Experimentation Phase <ul><li>The fun part…includes: </li></ul><ul><li>Actually conducting the experiment </li></ul><ul><li>Collecting and recording the data </li></ul><ul><li>Seeing if the hypothesis was correct </li></ul>
  7. 7. #3 – The Artistic Phase <ul><li>The creative part…includes: </li></ul><ul><li>Putting the information on a poster board </li></ul><ul><li>Having an organized plan </li></ul><ul><li>Creating a presentation </li></ul>
  8. 8. Bryant Science Fair <ul><li>In class, each student will create a presentation on a half-sheet of poster board for our school Fair </li></ul><ul><li>Winners from each grade/category will then create a display board for the District </li></ul><ul><li>Science Fair </li></ul>
  9. 9. Teacher Roles <ul><li>Guide students in choosing a topic </li></ul><ul><li>Guide students through the steps of the science investigation </li></ul><ul><li>Guide students in keeping a log of their project </li></ul><ul><li>Students will work on their </li></ul><ul><li>projects in class and develop a </li></ul><ul><li>final product. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Parent Roles <ul><li>Assist students in gathering data at home that cannot be gathered in the classroom </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Involves change over time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Involves materials unavailable in the classroom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ensure that your child is meeting due dates for each component of the project – Dates may vary by teacher </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. What topic is right for my student? <ul><li>Is it realistic? Does he/she have enough time? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it interesting and measureable? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it something he/she can do? </li></ul><ul><li>Can I investigate my topic, collect data, </li></ul><ul><li>and have all of the materials I need? </li></ul>
  12. 12. Purpose <ul><li>Tells why the investigation is being done. </li></ul><ul><li>It is written as a statement from the topic question. </li></ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>The purpose of this project is to find out… </li></ul>
  13. 13. Hypothesis <ul><li>Now we will research the topic and find out some of the secrets under investigation! </li></ul><ul><li>Once this has been conquered, then the Inquisitive Scientist may reveal his/her possible answers to the question being investigated. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t forget to give your reasons why the results of the experiments will turn out the way you have stated! </li></ul>
  14. 14. Procedure (The Plan) <ul><li>Materials </li></ul><ul><li>- What materials will you need for your </li></ul><ul><li>experiment? </li></ul><ul><li>- Be sure to list all materials, the </li></ul><ul><li>type, and amount (in metric ). </li></ul>
  15. 15. Variables <ul><li>Manipulated (Independent) </li></ul><ul><li>What is being changed in the experiment on </li></ul><ul><li>purpose. (What you are testing) </li></ul><ul><li>Responding (Dependent) </li></ul><ul><li>The measurable result of what is being changed in the experiment. (What you are measuring) </li></ul><ul><li>Held Constant </li></ul><ul><li>All the things that are kept the same or </li></ul><ul><li>controlled during the experiment. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Step by Step Directions (The Recipe) <ul><li>Write them clearly so someone else can follow them. </li></ul><ul><li>Be specific and not too lengthy. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember to indicate how many trials are necessary : Example </li></ul><ul><li>“ Repeat steps 3-6 four more times </li></ul><ul><li>with each item being tested for a </li></ul><ul><li> total of five trials”. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Data The Dirt-The Evidence!
  18. 18. <ul><li>The Data is kept on a chart or a table. </li></ul><ul><li>All the trials of the experiment must be indicated. (5 or more trials) </li></ul><ul><li>The data must be measured in Metric units for grades 3-5 ; (K in non-standard, 1 st -2 nd in Standard units) </li></ul><ul><li>All data must be collected according to the math skills of each grade level </li></ul>
  19. 19. Graphs ( a picture of the results) <ul><li>It is an organized way to display the data collected during the investigation. </li></ul><ul><li>There are two main types of graphs. </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>1. Bar Graphs- (most common type of graph) </li></ul><ul><li>Displays data that does not occur </li></ul><ul><li>in a continuous manner </li></ul><ul><li>Ex. (Number of burgers eaten) </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>2. Line Graphs- Displays data that occurs in a </li></ul><ul><li>continuous manner </li></ul><ul><li>Ex. (Growth of a plant over a controlled period of time) </li></ul>Plant Height (cm) Growth Period Plant Growth
  22. 22. Results <ul><li>Write paragraph or a short list of the results from your experiments. </li></ul><ul><li>You are not analyzing yet-just listing! </li></ul>
  23. 23. Conclusion (Summary) <ul><li>The analysis of the data as it relates to the original hypothesis. It should include: </li></ul><ul><li>- Whether or not your data supports </li></ul><ul><li>your hypothesis. </li></ul><ul><li>- A description of any problems. </li></ul><ul><li>- What would you do differently next </li></ul><ul><li>time? </li></ul>
  24. 24. Requirements <ul><li>All projects must have a Data Log </li></ul><ul><li>- The log should be in the form of a notebook </li></ul><ul><li>or tablet showing evidence of student work </li></ul><ul><li>throughout investigation period. </li></ul><ul><li>- All entries in the log should have dates for </li></ul><ul><li>each part of the project. </li></ul><ul><li>- Logs may be hand-written or typed. </li></ul><ul><li>Example: 11/3/10 Today I chose my topic. My topic </li></ul><ul><li>is…The purpose of my project is… </li></ul><ul><li> 11/8/10 I researched my topic and wrote my </li></ul><ul><li>hypothesis. My hypothesis is… </li></ul>
  25. 25. Extra! Extra! ‘Research’ All About It! <ul><li>A Research Paper may be included and placed in a separate Research Folder. </li></ul><ul><li>Extra data, photos, and information may be included in the Research Folder. </li></ul>
  26. 28. … Science is Everywhere! http://www.pickinsplinters.com/2009/10/08/open-thread-thursday-october-8th-2009/#comment-7264
  27. 29. District Entries Class Projects ENTRIES ALLOWED PER SCHOOL K - 2: 1 per grade Individual Projects ENTRIES ALLOWED PER SCHOOL 3 - 5: 2 per grade Small Group Projects ENTRIES ALLOWED PER SCHOOL 3 - 5: 4 per school and 1 additional project* from an exceptional education group may be included per school

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