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Stem Fair 2014


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Stem Fair 2014

  1. 1. STEM Fair and Safe Racer Updates!
  2. 2. Safe Racer Everything You Need to Know!
  3. 3. Safe Racer Timeline The Safe Racer unit should be taught at the beginning of the third marking period. • START DATE: No earlier than January 22, 2014 (but………) • SHORT CYCLE ASSESSMENT: Should be administered as the engagement for Day 5. • UNIT POST ASSESSMENT: Should be administered at the completion of the unit.
  4. 4. Safe Racer Timeline During the third marking period, the Office of Science will hold a “Safe Racer Information Rally”. This Professional Development session will be for new teachers and teachers new to third grade. During the session, participants will take a closer look at the curriculum and gain a greater understanding of the design process through their hands on involvement in the unit. **JANUARY 23, 2014**
  5. 5. Safe Racer is not……… • an optional unit • for GT students only. Safe Racer Teams……. •Must meet the registration deadline of April 25, 2013 to participate in the STEM Fair competition.
  6. 6. Safe Racer At the end of the Safe Racer Unit, there is a school-based competition to determine the school’s “safest” racer using results from a crash test and a distance test. Once the winning team has been determined, they are eligible to participate in the BCPS STEM Fair in May. If the school decides to send their winning team to the STEM Fair, they must register their team by completing and electronically submitting the design brief no later than April 25, 2014.
  7. 7. Safe Racer Dates Design Brief Deadline: April 25, 2014 Submit (as an e-mail attachment) to: Gary Werner, Competition Dates: (tentative) May 9, 2014--- Northeast : 5:30 PM Central: 7:00 PM May 10, 2014---Southeast: Southwest: Northwest: 8:30 AM 10:00 AM 11:30 AM
  8. 8. Due by April 25, 2014
  9. 9. Is only completed by the team representing your school at the STEM Fair Must be submitted electronically to by April 25, 2014. If your design brief is late, it may not be scored. Your team may still participate in the exhibition. Represents 25 points toward your team’s overall score. Is scored prior to the exhibition date.
  10. 10. The Interview As part of the competition, students will meet with adult interviewers to discuss the process they went through to create their cars for the competition. Historically, students have had difficulty with this part. Encourage your teachers to prepare ALL students to participate in the interview. Having someone from “outside” is always helpful too!
  11. 11. The Competition All student team members will receive a certificate and a ribbon for their participation. All students are encouraged to attend. However, sometimes situations cause students to miss the exhibition. The scores from the winners from each geographic area will be compared to find the overall Grand Prize winner. This will be announced at the STEM Fair Awards Ceremony and the trophy will be presented to the winning team. Make sure that SOMEONE brings the car at the time of the competition. In the history of STEM Fair, we have had SEVERAL situations where the person with the car either didn’t show up or showed up AFTER the team had competed. It’s devastating for the team….and it REALLY upsets the parents.
  12. 12. Any Safe Racer questions? Feel free to contact us at any time! Phone: 410-887-2063
  13. 13. STEM Fair 2014 May 9-10, 2014 Parkville High School
  14. 14. Deadlines: STEM Fair Registration April 25, 2014
  15. 15. Resources may be found on the BCPS Elementary Science Intranet site at https://intranet.bcps. org/offices/elem_scie nce/ ml
  16. 16. You Spoke, We Listened Eliminated STEM Fair Unit (Pendulums) in grade 5 to make class time so students work at school in groups New timeline that works for all year, or for a workshop approach Standardized score sheet for all students (teachers use the same score sheet at school that is used at county fair)
  17. 17. You Spoke, We Listened • We will no longer be giving t-shirts to adult volunteers/judges, nor giving thank-you gifts • We will be offering a PD session in the next month or so to provide more comprehensive training on the STEM Fair materials, as well on the revised Physics unit • Working on a shorter event, so that students and parents don’t have to commit to the entire day
  18. 18. You Spoke, We Listened What we can’t do at this time: • Allow Power Point projects • Require a research report • Require school participation or dictate how they run their fair • Hold the county level fair in a central location (that doesn’t exist—we had been in the west for several years, so we moved more central/east)
  19. 19. Yearly Updates Section Contains the Fair date and location Due date for STEM Fair and Safe Racer Registration Documents Teacher Background Information concerning Project Approval, Project Guidelines, Rules and Regulations, Teacher copy of the Summary and Approval Form, Scoring and Grading Sheets, Sample Interview Questions, Safe Racer Scoring criteria, Sample Design Brief
  20. 20. Teacher Background Information Contains comprehensive information about the parts of a STEM Fair Project and the Scientific Method Includes significant vocabulary changes for Grade 5 Includes overhead slides if needed Includes explanation between observational and experimental projects Updated teacher resources including books and websites
  21. 21. Timelines There is an extensive timeline that is written to STEM Fair Coordinators as well as to classroom teachers. – The timeline describes when to begin planning the school fair, as well as when to begin teaching the fair skills. There is a student STEM Fair timeline that may be used by the classroom teacher as a way to provide pacing for students.
  22. 22. STEM Fair Lesson Plans A common “Kick-off” lesson that demonstrates to students what the Scientific Method looks like (review for Grade 5 students) An introduction to the new vocabulary Fun, hands-on test using paper airplanes Aligned with Math and RLA CCCS
  23. 23. Addendum Lessons for STEM Units Addendum lessons were written for the first three Grade 5 Units: Weather the Weather, Geology Rocks, and Wee Beasties. Addendum Lessons include instruction for the skills needed to complete the parts of the scientific method, and include the new vocabulary. Addendum lessons may include revised SDAB pages, as well as additional ancillary materials, but do not change the focus of the content.
  24. 24. Additional Lessons Separate lessons are provided for teachers who choose not to use the drop-in lessons, or who have need of review/reteaching lessons. These lessons each address a different part of the scientific method – They employ the new vocabulary, along with the old. – They include full lesson plans, and appropriate ancillaries
  25. 25. Pilot Year Implementation of these changes are voluntary This is a pilot year for this document Feedback is crucial
  26. 26. How we will do it at GES – 4th grade • In 4th grade – No change to instruction – Continue to implement the “Too Hot to Handle” unit – We will use the same packet of information – Students will complete the projects as they always have – at home, independently – One change is they may complete a GROUP project (no more than 4 students) if they wish
  27. 27. How we will do it at GES – 5th grade • In 5th grade – Major change to instruction – “Pendulums Swing…” unit is gone – Will not implement addendum lessons infused into curriculum – Will conduct “workshop” style lessons in school
  28. 28. How we will do it at GES – 5th grade – Students may work in GROUPS (no more than 4) if they wish – Students will complete STEM Fair projects in a “hybrid” style • Students will generate idea for STEM Fair project • Summary and Approval form will still need to be completed by student, parent, and teacher • Lesson on one piece of the scientific method will be taught in school • Student(s) will work on that piece of the scientific method in school for their project (essentially creating a draft for that piece)
  29. 29. How we will do it at GES – 5th grade – After all lessons on the scientific method have been completed, student(s) will finalize their projects at home
  30. 30. Watch Fors: Double-check spelling of student names on all on-line registration forms
  31. 31. Screen projects before the student begins.
  32. 32. COMPLETE the paper copy of the Summary and Approval Form for all students… Before the student begins the project.
  33. 33. Absolutely no experimental projects involving vertebrate animals. • This includes humans as well as any animal with a backbone. Observational projects are allowed, as long as the investigator has no direct contact with the subjects.
  34. 34. Absolutely no cultures of molds or bacteria, from any source!
  35. 35. Absolutely no projects involving weapons.
  36. 36. Communicate with parents and students ASAP when project ideas are disallowed.
  37. 37. Registration Deadline On-line form for the STEM Fair must be completed by the close of business on Friday, April 25, 2014
  38. 38. If a student can Google a project question and get an answer or “cookbook” procedure, then it isn’t science.
  39. 39. Provide differentiation to students as needed.
  40. 40. Communicate with parents of selected student directly to ensure they are available to attend the BCPS STEM Fair.
  41. 41. Students are responsible for bringing their project for set up the day of the fair. Projects will no longer be accepted by teacher volunteers.
  42. 42. 0-10 point Score Sheet • More flexibility • The Score Sheet Should NEVER be used to GRADE a project. • Consistent for all students at all schools Grading sheet included • Provides fair percentage that can convert to letter grade
  43. 43. When in doubt… contact us!!! 410-887-2063
  44. 44. Email Eric, Andy, Connie, or Michele