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1SUPERHEROS FOR SCIENCE! The Science Fair WorkshopByShowboard, Inc.®Glad to be here. lovely facility. start out with (Experiment 1) –sodium Polyacrylate - diapersWhat do you do for a project. (Do you have boards with the project already on it)Change project (coke for distilled water, ....)
2REAL SCIENTISTS!!! BRYAN LEMUS – Miami, Fl JASMINE ROBERTS – Tampa, Fl JEFFREY LITTREL– Pittsburg, PaWho are we doing this for?Bryan Lemus – middle school, bad school, new teacher, uncle dying of cancer, blood agar and cancer cellsTalked to him as senior – Which should I go to, Harvard or Princeton?Jasmine – project compare bacteria in restaurant ice and toilet water – which do you think had more bacteria (Oprah)Jeffrey – had leukemia – effect of animals on cure rates of leukemia patientsUtah students at SEF
3WHY HAVE A SCIENCE FAIR? STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES COMMUNITY EVENT STATE AND NATIONAL STANDARDSStudent opportunities- Scholarships- internships- improved grades- career enhancementCommunity Event- Schools- Universities & colleges- Businesses- Government- Military- Non-profit orgsState and National Standards- NCLB- State Accountability Tests
4WHY HAVE A SCIENCE FAIR?Science projects and fairs provide opportunities for individual students to use scientific principles and techniques to investigate real world problems, not just read in a book about what someone else has done.Tell me – I forgetTeach me – I rememberInvolve me – I understandTell me, I forget – show me – I remember – involve me – I understand
5WHY HAVE A SCIENCE FAIR?Science projects and fairs give students the opportunity to study a subject of individual interest.Science experiments can be developed for topics as varied as water skiing, swimming, basketball, music, art, rocketry, psychology, robotics, and computers.Students come to realize that science is found in every niche of the universe.Addresses the problem of motivation – perhaps one of the major reasons why students fail in school.Students a better understanding of the world.
6Science projects and fairs give students the opportunity to: WHY HAVE A SCIENCE FAIR?Science projects and fairs give students the opportunity to:Develop an understanding of the scientific method.Develop an open and creative approach to problem solving.Develop writing skills.Develop library research skills.Develop public speaking skills.Develop responsibility, discipline, honesty and teamwork.Develop organization and time management skills.Develop poise and self-confidence by participating in the science fair judging process.Gain recognition for academic achievement.
7WHY HAVE A SCIENCE FAIR? Understanding What You Read STATE STANDARDS AND SCIENCE FAIRSUnderstanding What You ReadAnalyzing Primary Source InformationComparing and ContrastingMain Idea, Details and Patterns of OrganizationGathering, Analyzing and Evaluating InformationSynthesizing Information and Drawing ConclusionsRecognizing Cause-and-Effect RelationshipsNarrative WritingFlorida schools must meet FCAT Standards, but still has huge involvementThanks to - Carie Callan Lopatka - Orange County Regional Science and Engineering Fair
9SUPERHERO CHALLENGE SCHOOL FAIR TEAM STUDENT SUCCESSFUL SCIENCE FAIR PARENTSCOMMUNITY“Never doubt that a small, dedicated group of people can change the world.”- Margaret Meade
10SUPERHERO CHALLENGE STUDENTS PROJECT IDEAS SCIENTIFIC PROCESS SKILLS PROJECT DISPLAY BOARDSWORLDWIDE COMPETITIONS AND EXPOS
11STUDENT IDEAS FOR PROJECTS INTEREST OF STUDENTINTERNETMAGAZINESIDEA SHEETSOLD PROJECTSLOCAL ENVIRONMENTCURRENT EVENTSwhich octane gasoline lets the lawn mower run the longest87 – 89 – 9389 and 93 are about the same
14E V C A R L I U T E T I O A N sample evaluation 0-4 – take out the middle groundrubric – assign points
15SCIENCE FAIR EVALUATION CRITERIA Statements to be addressed under Creative Ability/OriginalityThere was a question askedIt was an original question and the answer was not knownThe approach to answering the question was creativeThe creativity of the study was within the creative ability of the studentThe student used the scientific method in experimentation rather than only observationsStatements to be addressed under Scientific ThoughtThe scope of the study was within the student’s abilityThe study was well thought out and showed initiative in thought and designThe goals and objectives of the study were well definedThe scientific literature was developed for this studyA logical hypothesis was developed for this studyThe data collected relates to the hypothesisStatements to be addressed under ThoroughnessThe student collected all data availableThe student identified all controlsThe sample sizes and population sources were carefully chosenThe variable of each experiment was clearly definedReplications and duplications were usedThe student anticipated the problems encounteredThe student related the work to that reported in the literatureThe data was collected in quantitative unitsSeveral experiments were done, not just oneThe study was completed or brought to a logical stopping placeThe data was thoroughly analyzedRubric – points for different(Some kids make up hypothesis from their results – Keep a log book)Teams – make sure all kids do a partwere you friends when you finished?
16Statements to be addressed under Skill The experiments protocols were handled with skillThe experiments were designed with care and anticipationThe data measurements were done precisely, the study was skillfully designed, and wasnot too complicatedTechnical problems were overcome and not merely avoidedA detailed notebook and log were keptThis study was the student’s alone and excessive help was not utilizedStatements to be addressed under ClarityThe student is able to explainThe student clearly understands the researchThe student understands the meaning of the results obtainedThe student understands where this research can lead in the futureThe student understands how this study can be improvedIt is clear to the student whether the data supports or fails to support the hypothesisIs the display well organized so that the component parts of the presentation are logical?Is it neat and uncluttered or are there items that are not part of the science or relevant tothe study performed?Does the display stand alone? Can you understand the study without the student present?Does the display communicate science or just an exercise in artistry?Statements to be addressed under Teamwork (only for Team Projects)The tasks and contributions of each team member are clearly outlinedEach team member was fully involved in the projectEach team member was familiar with all aspects of the projectThe final work reflects the coordinated efforts of all team members
17SCIENTIFIC PROCESS SCIENTIFIC METHOD RELATION TO STANDARDS MAKE IT A FUN EXERCISEShow No Scare Science Fair video
19STUDENT TIMELINE Copy and distribute Timeline is important – keep you on track
20Log Books Log books are very important. Log books can fill in missing information when IRB & SRC issues come up.Log books are critical to understanding the implementation of the scientific method.
21RULES AND REGULATIONSSTUDENTS learn protocol, procedure, laboratory safety, ethics, and much more.MENTORS are protected and more willing to work with pre-college studentsTEACHERS have greater authority to guide student research and are better able to ensure student safety.why have rules?protect the teachers, the mentors, more like a real science labMentors -
24REQUIRED ISEF FORMSCHECKLIST FOR ADULT SUPERVISOR/SAFETY ASSESSMENT FORM 1 must be signed and dated by the adult supervisor prior to the beginning of experimental researchRESEARCH PLAN 1A, INCLUDING THE RESEARCH PLAN ATTACHMENT all aspects must be completed by the student including detail of the research plan, written in the present or future tenseAPPROVAL FORM 1B must be signed and dated prior to the beginning of experimental research by the student, parent, adult supervisor, and possibly the src chairpersonORIGINAL ABSTRACT must be written after research is completed4
25OTHER ISEF FORMS HUMAN SUBJECTS VERTEBRATE ANIMALS POTENTIALLY PATHOGENIC BIOLOGICAL AGENTSCONTROLLED SUBSTANCESHAZARDOUS SUBSTANCESRISK ASSESSMENTSrequire additional paperworkanytime involve humansblood pressure before and after run 10 lapsobserve people at ATM – how close they stand based on race and sexMDS – Materials data sheets
30PARENT INVOLVEMENT EDUCATING PARENTS ABOUT SCIENCE FAIR PRACTICE INTERVIEW SESSIONSIN SCHOOL RESEARCH TIMECOMMITTEE INVOLVEMENTSETTING EXPECTATIONSALL DECISIONS OF THE JUDGES ARE FINALParents get crazyall decisions are finalCommunity –JudgesFund raisingLearn to
31ENCOURAGING WORDS (FROM MOM AND DAD) 1. That topic sounds great! I have a friend at work who might give you some information.2. I’ll take you to the library to get some more information.3. I’m really impressed with your thoroughness.4. I know we must have something in the garage that you could use for your equipment.5. Let’s keep your science checklist here on the refrigerator so we’ll know where it is.6. Do I need to sign your data notebook? You have written your observations very clearly.7. Pretend I am in your class and let me hear your presentation.8. Your backboard display is very neat and tells everything about your project. I especially like theneat format of your graphs and tables.9. We can pick up some colored paper and markers while we are at the store so you can beginLaying out your display.10. Good luck on your presentation. I know you’ll do a good job.11. You are working hard on your experimentation! Remember to keep it out of yourbrother’s/sister’s reach!12. I’ll be glad to drive you to school today with your display. I know it is awkward to carry with allof your books.
32SUPERHERO CHALLENGE SCHOOL FAIR TEAM WHERE TO START RESOURCES JUDGING RULES AND REGULATIONSFour groups who are involved in science fairTeam – have to provide the venue – judgesStudents – what do they learn
33SCHOOL FAIR TEAM WHERE TO START? GOALSCHECKLISTSESTABLISH YOUR TEAMTIMELINECONTACT/RESOURCE LIST
36DIRECTORS CHECKLIST FOR A SUCCESSFUL FAIR 1. Coordinate the date for the Science Fair with principal and/or school activity director. Avoid the week beforesemester exams. Avoid the rush to get paperwork into the District Science Office or SRC.2. Reserve a location (gym, library, cafeteria, public facility). Notify the night or community school principal.Establish a Science Fair Committee: Institution Review Board (IRB), Awards (order awards early), Judges, Publicity,Setup, Takedown, Registration, and Program.4. Make sure that you have a current rulebook from the International Science & Engineering Fair. This can be ordered fromScience Service, Inc.; 1719 N Street, NW; Washington DC Phone (202) or Fax (202)This may or may not apply in your situation.Provide teachers with judging criteria.Design a registration card for the second-level fair, include appropriate information, such as: student’s name,teacher’s name, category (botany, zoology, etc.), division (elementary, junior, middle, senior), and title.Set up a database using the information in #6. Excel works best.Design a rotation touring schedule for the student body to view the science projects.Schedule student, parent, and teacher monitors to be on duty while the student body is viewing projects.Secure more than an adequate number of judges (set up a database including names, mailing, fax, and addresses).Conduct a meeting for judges (go over criteria, etc.).Secure a specific time commitment from judges. If time and help are available, call just prior to the judging, sendavailable abstracts that he/she will be judging.Have clipboards, nametags, and pencils available for the judges the day of the fair.Provide a room and refreshments for the judges (if possible).Request teachers to review class projects before entering them into the school’s fair (if applicable; make sure they havethe proper paper work completed).16. Have teachers make certain that a registration form is completed for each entry from their room.food for judges
37name-coded, and certified. 14. Provide a room and refreshments for the judges (if possible).15. Request teachers to review class projects before entering them into the school’sfair (if applicable; make sure they have the proper paper work completed).16. Have teachers make certain that a registration form is completed for each entryfrom their room.17. Have the teachers initial, color code, and number code each project.18. Collect registration cards from the students as they bring their projects in for thesetup. Direct your registration committee member to type a list of projects byTitles (alphabetized) to go in your database.19. Refuse to accept projects unless they have been reviewed by the teacher, andare properly labeled, numbered, name-coded, and certified.20. Request custodial assistance for the setup and the removal of projects (involvestudents as much as possible).21. Enlist the art teacher, club, and/or classes, computer science class to makeposters and banners to advertise the Science Fair.22. Enlist assistance for the tabulation of scores.23. Encourage teachers to include practice for interview sessions in their plans forteaching students how to complete a Science Fair project (e.g., Anticipatequestions from the judges, wear appropriate attire).24. At a department meeting just prior to the fair, enlist their help in committingthemselves to a specific amount of judging time, ifneeded.25. SEND THANK YOU NOTES WHERE NEEDED.26. Evaluate your school’s fair with the committee and/ortheir science department. Target areas needingimprovement the following year.27. Plan a special announcement for the winners (1st, 2nd,3rd, and maybe honorable mention if time permits). Plan some type of specialrecognition for the specific winners that will advance to the next level of competition.28. Have a meeting with the winning students and their teachers. Complete theofficial registration for the next level and return it before the deadline.17. Have the teachers initial, color code, and number code each project.Collect registration cards from the students as they bring their projects in for the setup. Direct your registrationcommittee member to type a list of projects by Titles (alphabetized) to go in your database.Refuse to accept projects unless they have been reviewed by the teacher, and are properly labeled, numbered,name-coded, and certified.20. Request custodial assistance for the setup and the removal of projects (involve students as much as possible).Enlist the art teacher, club, and/or classes, computer science class to make posters and banners to advertise theScience Fair.22. Enlist assistance for the tabulation of scores.Encourage teachers to include practice for interview sessions in their plans for teaching students how to completea Science Fair project (e.g., Anticipate questions from the judges, wear appropriate attire).At a department meeting just prior to the fair, enlist their help in committing themselves to a specific amount ofjudging time, if needed.25. SEND THANK YOU NOTES WHERE NEEDED.Evaluate your school’s fair with the committee and/or their science department.Target areas needing improvement the following year.Plan a special announcement for the winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and maybe honorable mention if time permits).Plan some type of special recognition for the specific winners that will advance to the next level of competition.Have a meeting with the winning students and their teachers. Complete the official registration for the next leveland return it before the deadline.Make arrangements for transportation and overnight reservations (if needed). Arrange for the supervision of studentswho are setting up their projects at the fair.Get advance permission from your principal for temporary duty and, if necessary, for a substitute, both for the daybefore the fair and the first day of the fair.31. Some good information may be found on the internet...Check with other Science Fair directors for addresses.No. 21, 23, 27,
38SAMPLE REGISTRATION FORM Give to judges and the kidsno mysterykids should know what to expect before the competition“where did you get your idea?”“What problems did you have?” How did you overcome? If you had more time, what would you do?
39SCIENCE FAIR SITE Finding a location Advertising the Fair Volunteers for set upVolunteers for break down
40THE BIG EVENT! DISCIPLINES – SAMPLE SET-UP FORMAL OR INFORMAL SET-UP SET-UP TIMESKEEP THINGS MOVING
41JUDGING FIND JUDGES COMMUNICATION WITH JUDGES JUDGING TIMES FEEDBACK FORMSEDUCATE JUDGESEVALUATION CRITERIAWORKSHEET OPTIONSCARE AND FEEDINGFinding them is one thing – make sure you keep themMilitary, Garden Clubs, Universities, BusinessesMake sure things run very smoothly – Judges don’t want to waste their timeCommunicate – – DatabaseJudges feedback forms are very important to the kidsGives judges copies of the abstractsEducate the judgessample questionscriteria
42SAMPLE QUESTIONS FOR JUDGES What is the purspose of your project. Describe the problem.Explain your procedure.Where did you get the idea for your project?What is your control? Variable?What instruments did you use for measurement?Did you repeat your test? How many times?On what data did you base your conclusion?What problems arose during your investigation? How did you overcome them?Are there any other approaches you might have taken to your research?What is the value of your project?Do your results indicate further investigation of this idea is needed?What would you do differently if you could do this project again?Give to judges and the kidsno mysterykids should know what to expect before the competition“where did you get your idea?”“What problems did you have?” How did you overcome? If you had more time, what would you do?
43SUPERHERO CHALLENGE COMMUNITY JUDGES FUND RAISING RESOURCE DATABASE Parents get crazyall decisions are finalCommunity –JudgesFund raisingLearn to
44RESOURCES LOCAL AND STATE NATIONAL INTERNATIONAL PARENTS ROTARY CLUBS STATE FAIRBUSINESSESCOLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIESNATIONALSCIENCE SERVICEINTEL EDUCATIONDISCOVERYINTERNATIONALMILSETUNESCOBusinesses – prizes, judges (maybe)Colleges – judges and mentorsSuperbowl of Science Fairs – 1000s of students$10 million in prizesDiscoverydisplay boards and multidisciplinary projects – science communicationMILSET – French – more of a celebration of science with a competition component$ per person to attend – Santiago, ChileUNESCO is getting involvedPlay Discovery videoGrades 5-8
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46TO MOVE FORWARD… GET EXCITED MEET THE CHALLENGE SUSTAIN THE EFFORT! TEAM MEMBERS, STUDENTS, PARENTS AND THE COMMUNITYSUSTAIN THE EFFORT!
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