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STEM Fair
Overview and
Updates!
UPDATES FOR 2015
4th grade
• In 4th grade
– Major change to instruction
– “Too Hot to Handle” unit is gone
– Will conduct “workshop” style ...
4th grade continued
– Students may work in GROUPS (no more than 4) if
they wish
– Students will complete STEM Fair project...
4th grade continued
– After all lessons on the scientific method have
been completed, student(s) can finalize their
projec...
5th grade
• In 5th grade
– “Pendulums Swing…” unit is gone
– Will continue to conduct “workshop” style lessons
in school
5th grade continued
– Students may work in GROUPS (no more than 4) if
they wish
– Students will complete STEM Fair project...
5th grade continued
– After all lessons on the scientific method have
been completed, student(s) can finalize their
projec...
OVERVIEW
What is the STEM Fair?
• Provides an opportunity for authentic (real-
world) research and learning.
• Leads to long-lastin...
What’s the first step?
• First, your child must choose a topic that
interests him/her.
– Harder and complicated aren’t alw...
If a student can Google a project
question and get an answer or
“cookbook” procedure, then it
isn’t science.
RESTRICTIONS ON PROJECT
IDEAS/SUBJECTS
Absolutely no experimental
projects involving vertebrate
animals.
• This includes humans as
well as any animal with
a back...
Absolutely no cultures of
molds or bacteria, from any
source!
Absolutely no projects
involving weapons.
What’s the second step?
• After determining the type of project, the next
step is to formulate a question.
• The question ...
If a student can Google a project
question and get an answer or
“cookbook” procedure, then it
isn’t science.
What resources are available to help
get started?
• The Grand Challenges of Engineering has some
very high level ideas tha...
Research
 Students will need to locate information
related to their approved project proposal.
They can use a variety of...
Research Report
• The research report should include the following:
– Introduction – includes the main idea of the report....
Looking Ahead…
• Don’t panic!!!! 4th and 5th grade teachers have started
teaching the STEM Fair workshop lessons and givin...
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Stem Fair Parent Presentation 2015

  1. 1. STEM Fair Overview and Updates!
  2. 2. UPDATES FOR 2015
  3. 3. 4th grade • In 4th grade – Major change to instruction – “Too Hot to Handle” unit is gone – Will conduct “workshop” style lessons in school
  4. 4. 4th grade continued – 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)
  5. 5. 4th grade continued – After all lessons on the scientific method have been completed, student(s) can finalize their projects at home – Participation is optional, however, the project will count as extra credit. – For those desiring possible GT Science placement in middle school, STEM Fair participation is strongly encouraged.
  6. 6. 5th grade • In 5th grade – “Pendulums Swing…” unit is gone – Will continue to conduct “workshop” style lessons in school
  7. 7. 5th grade continued – 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)
  8. 8. 5th grade continued – After all lessons on the scientific method have been completed, student(s) can finalize their projects at home – Participation is optional, however, the project will count as extra credit. – For those desiring possible GT Science placement in middle school, STEM Fair participation is strongly encouraged.
  9. 9. OVERVIEW
  10. 10. What is the STEM Fair? • Provides an opportunity for authentic (real- world) research and learning. • Leads to long-lasting interest in STEM.
  11. 11. What’s the first step? • First, your child must choose a topic that interests him/her. – Harder and complicated aren’t always the best project ideas! • Next, follow the flow chart to determine if the idea will lead to an experimental or observational project.
  12. 12. If a student can Google a project question and get an answer or “cookbook” procedure, then it isn’t science.
  13. 13. RESTRICTIONS ON PROJECT IDEAS/SUBJECTS
  14. 14. 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.
  15. 15. Absolutely no cultures of molds or bacteria, from any source!
  16. 16. Absolutely no projects involving weapons.
  17. 17. What’s the second step? • After determining the type of project, the next step is to formulate a question. • The question should be one that can lead to an experiment or observations, which will yield quantitative data. • The question may not be a yes/no question, a question that leads to a demonstration, nor should it be a question that can be answered by doing a Google search!
  18. 18. If a student can Google a project question and get an answer or “cookbook” procedure, then it isn’t science.
  19. 19. What resources are available to help get started? • The Grand Challenges of Engineering has some very high level ideas that children may choose to use as a launching point. http://www.engineeringchallenges.org/cms/chall enges.aspx • Discovery Education has a website that helps children identify ideas/projects that interest them. http://school.discoveryeducation.com/sciencefair central/
  20. 20. Research  Students will need to locate information related to their approved project proposal. They can use a variety of resources, such as books, reference materials and databases, to take notes that will help in developing their research report and claim. Students can get some assistance for the RESEARCH portion of their STEM project with Mrs. Connor after school by attending one, or all three, of the RESEARCH WORKSHOPS that will be offered for the students.
  21. 21. Research Report • The research report should include the following: – Introduction – includes the main idea of the report. – Subtopic A – should include 2-3 good supporting details from your research – Subtopic B – should include 2-3 good supporting details from your research. – Conclusion – well stated conclusion about the information you found in your research as it relates to your question. – Bibliography – use online tools or the fill-in sheet from our library as a guide.
  22. 22. Looking Ahead… • Don’t panic!!!! 4th and 5th grade teachers have started teaching the STEM Fair workshop lessons and giving students class time to work on projects. • STEM Fair projects are due in school on April 14th, 2015. • The STEM Fair is scheduled to take place on April 16th, 2015 • This is the perfect time to start gathering ideas: – Visit the websites – Visit the library and check out some books • STEM Fair packets/forms/etc. for fourth and fifth grade students went home today.

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