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1 E LEMENTARY M ATHEMATICS AND S CIENCE F AIR C OORDINATORS M EETING

2 Plan now for 2014 District Fair 1.Plan ahead and schedule your School Science Fair before March 14, Read the 2014 Handbook and Regulations carefully 3.Complete your “ Intent to Participate ” online to register for District competition by December 20, IT’s BEST to hold your School Fair before Spring Break (March 17-21, 2014) 5.Use the same Score Criteria for your School Fair that are used at the District Fair. 6.Secure your winning project boards by April. 7.Tentative District Fair dates are May 12-14, 2014

3 S CHOOL F AIR S UCCESS A Five Step Guide To Making Elementary Math, Science, and Engineering Fair An Enjoyable Experience Elementary Math, Science, and Engineering Fair An Enjoyable Experience For Teachers, Students, and Families For Teachers, Students, and Families

4 1. M ODEL T HE P ROCESS  Present the Scientific Method and Engineering Design Process as the pathways to Elementary Math, Science, and Engineering Fair investigation.  Focus on the steps involved in completing a math science, or engineering project board.  Give students and parents a sample of what a completed School Fair project should look like.  Unite all participants in the same learning situations with the same expectations.

5 2. I NVOLVE T HE P ARENTS Explain the purpose, expectations, and student’s accountability to the parents. Give families a calendar with assignments, due dates, and a schedule of Fair events. Outline the limits of parental involvement. Provide parents with a Guide Book and information to help their child. Give families the judging criteria and explain how projects qualify for the District Fair competition.

6 3. H ELP Y OUR S TUDENTS  Take time to complete Inquiry Think Sheets after math & science activities.  Help the students select a “testable” question and discuss project topics.  Have students write a draft of their project procedure.  Check all procedures for safety.  Teach students the processes and skills they need to complete their projects.  Provide materials to students and monitor their progress.

7 STEM A WARDS 1. Flight Engineering sponsored by Flight Safety International. Grade 2-5, individual math or science projects about Flight and/or Aviation Safety Engineering. 2. Waste Recycling, sponsored by the P.B.C. Science Educators’ Association. Grade 2-5, individual math or science projects about reducing, reusing, or recycling waste materials. 3. Mechanical Engineering, sponsored by Up-N-Running Machinery, Inc. 2-5 individual projects involving building, designing, and improving machine technologies. 4. FP&L Energy Conservation, sponsored by Florida Power & Light. 2-5 individual projects about saving and/or conserving our electrical energy resources..

8 4. K EEP I T S CIENTIFIC Write your hypothesis before experimenting Identify the variables and controls Approve procedures must before starting Use metric tools, make precise measurements Record accurate qualitative observations Use a notebook to record your data Repeat experiments 3 times for validity Graph your data to compare and contrast trends. Use Claims and Evidence T-tables to match causes and effects. Only paper and pictures can be on the District Projects boards.

9 5. C ELEBRATE o Have a School Fair. o Use judges from your community. o Use the 2014 Handbook Scoring Forms. o Award projects with 1 st & 2 nd Place Ribbons. o Honorable Mention ribbons o Certificates of Participation for all. o Register school winners in the District Fair. o Plan a field trip to the District Science Fair. o Sponsor an Activity Table at the Fair.

10 B IBLIOGRAPHY Science Fair Handbook by Anthony D. Fredericks and Isaac Asimov. Old Year Books, Glenview, IL. ISBN X Science Fair Handbook by Stephen C. Blume. Merrill Publishing, Columbus, OH. ISBN X Science Fair Workshop by Marcia J. Daab. Fearon Teachers Aids, Simon & Schuster Supplemental Education Group. ISBN Science Fairs Plus an NSTA Press Journals Collection. NSTA Press, Arlington, VAISBN E DMODO G ROUP C ODE ay3hqk


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