Important Dates Need a Mentor – Give me a letter requesting a mentor, with your topic and project proposal at one at Clinic 1 or Forms Night – Mentor is someone you can ask questions on email. Forms complete by November 17 – Exception Abstract – Students with Forms not completed will not be eligible to be promoted. Abstract needs to be completed by January 9 WRD5 Science Day Forms Due February 10
Project Clinics Clinic 1: October 9/10 – Research, Experiment and Innovation Project Design Clinic 2: November 27/28 – Data Organization, Analysis, Conclusions, and Presentation Clinic 3: January 9/10 – Oral, Written Presentations and the Tri-fold Board
Other Important Dates Brainstorming with Mentors October 6, 8am – 2pm Stanton Middle School (Kent) Forms Night October 16 - HHS October 17 - SMS STEM Project Fair – January 19 Kent State University, Student Union
Possible Promotions To: Northeast Science and Engineering Fair March 4-7, John Carroll University BEST Medicine March 9, Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron Western Reserve District 5 Science Day March 16, University of Akron State Science Day May 11, Ohio State University
Types of Projects The Standard Science Fair Experiment is called an Inquiry Based Experiment. – This includes a question, research, hypothesis, experiment to test hypothesis, analysis, and conclusions. – You are controlling some aspect of science and measuring and observing change The Engineering/ Design Project is a possibility for interested students. – A design project is an open ended process where there is more than one correct answer – The steps include Define a “Need” (new invention, improved product, etc) Research (similar inventions, successes, failures, strengths, weaknesses. Make a Problem Statement (project goal and success criteria) Design, Build, Test Prototype Iterated Design and Re-test Prototype (until project goal/ criteria is met)
Types of Projects (continued) Computer Science Program – A software program is really a specialized case of engineering design. Mathematics Proof – The steps include Define what is known. Research and define all terminology. Make conjecture/ assumptions based on what you know. Perform calculations Recalculate, write up steps to conclusions.
Project Fair Day You will be available for judging for 3 hours. Bring a book. You may be judged by more than 2 judges. Your teacher will receive your certificates and score sheets, unless you are promoted to other science fairs. No parents allowed in the judging area. You may request Friday night judging if you are not available on Saturday – You must request this by January 5. No exceptions. – You will not be considered for special awards (First place in physics, etc) – You can still be promoted, provided your forms are in order.
Pick an STEM Topic Make a list of science topics that interest you. – These could be topic you studied in school, – Events you read in the news (or tv) – Something you saw at a museum – Perhaps you are wondering about something that you read, heard, or noticed. Talk to a mentor
What you need at Brainstorming You’ll need to have project proposal written out and show to someone at sign in. If you don’t have a project proposal, you’ll be diverted to an area with computers for you to put together a proposal. Afterwards, you can meet with mentors.
Project Proposal Your hypothesis or design statement, If an inquiry project, the listing of the dependent and independent variables, plan for controlling all other variables, repetition number, plan for collecting data, If a design project, materials, tools, plan for development, what testing you might do to prove functionality, Enough research so that conversation with mentor is worth everyone's time.
Forms Night We will have a bank of computers and will to get initial registration complete for all students. Online Student Checklist Online Checklist for Adult Sponsor – Each project requires an Adult Sponsor to attend Online Ethics and Rules Statement OAS Online Consent and Release Statement Online Approval Form Online Research Form
Information You Will Need Name (correct spelling of all team members) – Team lead will be the only one to register Email addresses, phone numbers, and street address of all team members Parent email addresses for all team members Project Title (that will be placed in program and on certificates) School Name, Teacher Name Dates of project (approx begin and end dates) If continuation project, need Abstract and Research Plan from last year
(more) Information You Will Need Project Type – Behavioral, Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth & Space Science, Engineering, Environmental, Mathematics, Medicine, Microbiology, Physics, or Zoology Address of non-school/ home work sites For Research Plan Form bring the following on jump drive: – Question or Problem – Goals, Expected Outcomes, Hypothesis – Experiment Procedure – Bibliography (list of 5 major references)
Items to Complete After Forms Night All parents will need to digitally sign Approval Form Research Form can be completed online after Forms Night Abstract is due Jan 9 SRB approval will be completed 2 weeks after registration completion
Student Researcher The student researcher is responsible for all aspects of the research project including enlisting the aid of any needed supervisory adults (Adult Sponsor, Qualified Scientist, etc.), obtaining necessary approvals (SRB), following the Rules & Guidelines, and doing the experimentation, engineering, data analysis, etc. involved in the project. Scientific fraud and misconduct are not condoned at any level of research or competition. Such practices include plagiarism, forgery, use or presentation of other researcher’s work as one’s own and fabrication of data
Adult Sponsor An Adult Sponsor may be a teacher, parent, university professor, or scientist in whose lab the student is working. This individual must be in close contact with the student during the course of the project. The Adult Sponsor is responsible for working with the student to evaluate any possible risks involved in order to ensure the health and safety of the student conducting the research and the humans or animals involved in the study. If the Adult Sponsor is not thoroughly familiar with the regulations relevant to the project, the Adult Sponsor should help the student enlist the aid of a the SRB of the Hudson STEM Alliance
Qualified Scientist A Qualified Scientist should possess an earned doctoral/ professional degree in the biological or medical sciences as it relates to the student’s area of research, or a master’s degree with equivalent experience and/or expertise in the student’s area of research is acceptable. The Qualified Scientist must be thoroughly familiar with the local, state, and federal regulations that govern the student’s area of research. The Qualified Scientist and the Adult Sponsor may be the same person.
Science Review Board A Scientific Review Committee (SRB) is a group of qualified individuals that is responsible for evaluation of student research, certifications, research plans and exhibits for compliance with the Rules and pertinent laws and regulations. Any proposed research in the following areas must be reviewed and approved BEFORE experimentation: projects involving human participants, vertebrate animals and potentially hazardous biological, chemical, agents, activities or devices.
Not Requiring SRB Approval Testing of a student designed invention, program, concept, etc. where the feedback received is a direct reference to the product, where personal data is not collected and where the testing does not pose a health hazard. It is recommended that Risk Assessment Form (3) be completed. Data/record review studies (e.g., baseball statistics, crime statistics) in which the data are taken from preexisting data sets that are publicly available or published and do not involve any interaction with humans or the collection of any data from a human participant for the purpose of the student’s research project. Behavioral observations of unrestricted, public settings (e.g., shopping mall, public park) in which all of the following apply: the researcher has no interaction with the individuals being observed – the researcher does not manipulate the environment in any way and – the researcher does not record any personally identifiable data. Projects in which the student receives the data in a de-identified/anonymous format which complies with both conditions below: – the professional providing the data must certify in writing that the data have been appropriately de-identified and are in compliance with all privacy and HIPAA laws and – during the final SRC review and approval process, the SRC must ensure that the data were appropriately de-identified by review of the written documentation provided by the supervising professional.
Requiring SRB Pre-Approval The research study should be in compliance with all privacy and HIPAA laws when they apply to the project (e.g. the project involves medical information.) The research participants must voluntarily give informed consent/assent (in some cases with parental permission) before participating in the study. – Adult research participants give their consent. – Research participants under 18 years of age or individuals not able to give consent (e.g. mentally disabled) give their assent, with their parents/guardians giving parental permission. – The SRB will determine whether the consent/assent/ parental permission may be verbal or must be written depending on the level of risk and the type of study and will determine if a Qualified Scientist is required to oversee the project. As part of the process of obtaining informed consent, the researcher will provide information to the participant (and where applicable, parents or guardians) about the risks and benefits associated with participation in the research study which then allows the participants, parents or guardians to make an educated decision about whether or not to participate. Participants will also be informed that their participation is voluntary (i.e., they may decide whether or not to participate) and that they are free to stop participating at any time. Informed consent may not involve coercion and is an on-going process, not a single event that ends with a signature on a page. When written parental permission is required and the study includes a survey, the survey must be attached to the consent form.
At Forms Night: Projects Requiring SRB Human Participants Form Copy of consent forms and survey(s) Regulated Research Institution Form - when applicable Qualified Scientist Form - when applicable
Students Are Strongly Encouraged HSA strongly endorses the use of non-animal research methods and encourages students to use alternatives to animal research. If the use of vertebrate animals is necessary, students must consider additional alternatives to reduce and refine the use of animals keeping the health and well-being of the animal subjects as a first priority.
Shiva Sastry “What is Engineering” Process of an Engineering Project
Breakouts Biomedical Engineering – Brian Davis – Media Center Biochemistry – Rachida Bouhenni – A100 Medical Chemistry – Ana Barbur – A101 Behavioral Studies – Jeanne Verser – A108 Physics – Bob Erdman – A119 Computer Science – David Fort – A102 Engineering Projects – Shiva Sastry, Will Jack – Commons EE – Cinda Sheldon - Auditorium
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