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1 Brian Beaty Thomasville City Schools Science FairBrian BeatyThomasville City Schools
2 What is the purpose in teaching science in school? Why Science Fair?What is the purpose in teaching science in school?“Real life” science skillsTeaches the skills that students really need to be successful thinkers and problem solversMakes learning more concrete for the struggling studentsProvides an outlet for gifted learners
3 One of best learning experiences a student can undertake Problem SolvingLearning to planResearch SkillsWriting SkillsCommunication SkillsInterpret and Analyze DataIn depth content knowledge
13 Organizing the assignment Navigating the forms Today’s AgendaOrganizing the assignmentNavigating the formsOrganizing the local fairQ and A
14 Organizing the Assignment Choose a topicResearch and write a background research reportDevelop a research plan that includes the question/engineering goal and research hypothesis.Turn in applicable formsBegin experimentation once forms are approved
15 Organizing the Assignment Collect and analyze dataWrite Research Paper and AbstractDesign backboard and prepare for presentation
16 Choosing a TopicOften the most difficult step. Students need to Keep the following ideas in mind:Choose a topic you like and your parents approveNarrow topic to a single aspect and plan your time wiselyProjects need to be as original as possible
17 Background ResearchBackground information on the topic should be recorded in log books—periodic log checks).Minimum of 5 sourcesStudents often need a handout with examples of proper citationsBackground Research Paper
18 Forms Must be completed before students begin projects. 1 1A and Research Plan1BAbstractAny projects involving humans must be approved by an IRB committee
19 Forming an Irb Committee An Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee that must evaluate the potential physical and/or psychological risk of research involving humans.Who makes up the IRB?-consists of a minimum of three members:an educator, a school administrator, and a medical expert (often the school nurse)The student’s adult sponsor or designated supervisor may not serve on the committee.
20 Using HumansAll projects involving humans must fill out the human subjects form and get IRB approval.Minimal risk does not need test subject parent approval (taking a test, filling out a survey, walking and chewing gum etc.)No more than minimal risk exists when the probability and magnitude of harm or discomfort anticipated in the research are not greater than those ordinarily encountered in everyday life or during performance of routine physical or psychological examinations or tests.
21 Microbes or FungusNeed form 6A - Will be filled out by designated supervisor and signed by SRC chair.Any research involving bacteria or fungus must be conducted in a lab with a dedicated supervisor.
22 VertebratesStudies using behavioral observations are exempt from SRC Review.Scientific Review Committee - include a minimum of three persons: (1) a biomedical scientist (earned doctoral degree, such as Ph.D., M.D., D.V.M., D.D.S., PharmD., or D.O.) , (2) an educator, (3) at least one additional memberA Qualified Scientist or Designated Supervisor must directly supervise all research involving vertebrate animals, except for observational studies.Additional Forms Required:-Vertebrate Animal Form (5A)-Qualified Scientist Form (2)
24 Finally, Students may begin their research Try to have them ready to experiment by they end of the fist 9wksStudents growing plants will need to start earlierStudents will need to keep a bound journal to record their data
25 AbstractShould be completed after the experiment and on the official abstract forms.Make sure students are using the GSEF abstract and not the ISEF.
26 Research Report – usually due before Winter Break Culminating projectUse a rubricBackground Research Paper will become the introduction to the Research Report.Research Plan will become the proceduresPresentation of Data (Tables and Graphs)DiscussionConclusionAcknowlegementsAbstract Form
27 Display Log Book Research Report Display Presentation of Project to Class
39 Summary of Assignments }TopicLog Book Check #1BibliographyLog Book Check #2Background Research ReportFormsLog Book Check #3AbstractResearch ReportDisplayDue first grading period}Due second grading period} Due early in the third grading period
40 Navigating the forms All Projects Additional Forms that may be requiredForm 1: Checklist for Adult Sponsor/Safety Assessment FormForm 1A: Student Checklist/Research PlanForm 1B: Approval FormAbstractForm 1C: Regulated Research Institutional/Industrial Setting FormForm 2: Qualified Scientist FormForm 3: Risk Assessment FormForm 4: Human Subjects and Informed Consent FormForm 5: Vertebrate Animal Form (5A and 5B)Form 6A: Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents FormForm 6B: Human and Vertebrate Animal Tissue FormForm 7: Continuation Projects Form
41 Navigating the forms Adult Sponsor (required) teacher, parent, university professor, or scientist in whose lab the student is working—must have a solid background in scienceresponsible for reviewing research plan for safety issues; must be familiar with rulesQualified Scientist (not required)should possess an earned doctoral/professional degree in the biological or medical sciences as it relates to the student’s area of researchcan be the adult sponsor
42 Navigating the forms The Institutional Review Board (IRB) Evaluates the potential physical and/or psychological risk of research involving human subjects.Required for all projects involving human subjects, even if only surveys are used.Composed ofan educator,a school administrator (preferably, a principal or vice principal),and one of the following who is knowledgeable and capable of evaluating the physical and/or psychological risk involved in a given study: a medical doctor, physician’s assistant, registered nurse, a psychiatrist, psychologist, licensed social worker or licensed clinical professional counselor.
43 Navigating the forms Be familiar with the rules and refer to often! Georgia Science & Engineering Fair (GSEF) lebook.pdf)International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF)
44 Common issuesAll approval dates must be before the date that experimentation beginsNo bacteria cultures can be grown at home (review other special rules)Any projects that involve tasting something must have informed consent (signed by parents)Research plans must be completeIncomplete or missing forms
46 Set a Date Check the school calendar and set a date for the fair. Be sure the date of your local fair is at least a week or two before the regional fair deadlines.Friday science fairs often work best for judges coming from local technical schools and colleges.
47 Set a LocationGreat spots for science fairs: media center, gym, cafeteriaNeed 1 to 2 days for setting up the projects, a day for judging and a day for breaking the projects down.Make sure space is big enough and safe enough for all of your projects.Meet with the school principal for final say on the dates and location of the fair.
48 Ordering Ribbons and Trophies An often overlooked itemRibbons are relatively cheap way for rewarding students for all of their hard work.Prepare extra gifts for the top finishers.
49 Get Judges Letters need to be mailed out several weeks ahead of time. Contact local hospitals, colleges, schoolsMake a list of addresses and phone numbers for future references.Try to avoid using teachers from your school.
50 Logistics for Judging Projects Develop a rubric that judges will use for the projects.How many projects will be judged?How many time will the projects be judged?Will the projects be set up in categories or grade levels?Try not to overload the judges. They may not want to come back!Have refreshments and party favors!
51 Involve Parents and the Community Host an open house after the judgingAsk school newspaper and TV production class to cover the event.Announce winners at the end of the judging day and post all ribbon winners in the halls.Send in a picture and article for the paper
52 Benefits GPS, GPS, GPS—Characteristics of Science! Students will develop skills they will use the rest of their livesResearch skillsCommunication skillsOrganization & time managementCreativityStudents will learn to “talk science” with peers and with other adults (judges)Students will have the opportunity to connect with students from across the state
53 Benefits Opportunities for students Recognition at local, region, and state fairCash, savings bonds, and other prizesMake connections with university professors and other professionals from across the stateFree trips (ISEF, National Junior Science & Humanities Symposium, Stockholm Junior Water Prize, and more)—some include the teacher!National Youth Science Camp
54 Benefits Positives far outweigh the negatives It is OK for students to get help from their teachers, parents, and other professionalsStudents who get “too much” help will be caught at region competition when they are interviewed by the judges
55 Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.-Albert Einstein