Posted by Allyson Greene at 12/19/2009 7:00:00 PM
It’s almost time for Barrett’s annual NASA Discovery Science Celebration!
So, mark your calendars for Thursday, February 25, 2010! We will have some wonderful classroom workshops with specialists from the Science Museum of Virginia and from NASA Langley with Education Specialist, Rudo Kashari. Other awesome opportunities will include a show called “The Scoop on Poop”, an interactive display from the Science Museum of Virginia, and a NASA videoconference.
Below you will find some information about the student science fair projects. All grades will participate in a class project. To extend this experience, students in grades K-2 are encouraged to work on an independent project at home. Students in grades 3-5 will be working on a project either independently or in a small group, which will be in addition to the class project. Classroom teachers will be sending out more information on this in the Friday Folder, the first week we return from Winter Break. You can view some pictures from last year’s Science Night at: http://www.tinyurl.com/ScienceNight2009
Information about Science Projects:
- The classroom teacher will involve all students in a whole class experiment, which then will be a part of the science fair board display. The correct model of the science fair display can be found at: http://www.sciencebuddies.org/mentoring/project_display_board.shtml
- Using the scientific method, students are then encouraged to work on an independent science fair project at home. (Students in grades K-2 are encouraged to do this; students in grades 3-5 will be working on independent or small group projects, mostly on their own) This should be a project in which data is obtained by conducting a fair experiment. That is, the experiment should have multiple trials or times it is performed, and only one idea should be tested. For example: Does the type of baseball glove affect the number of times a ball is caught? There would be several trials of this experiment and the test is on baseball gloves, so the baseball thrown should remain the same throughout the experiment.
- All projects are expected to be displayed on a display board, which can be purchased in our school store. We will have white boards and colored boards. The pricing should be about $4.00. We will begin selling them in January. (Refer to the link above for display board layout)
- Projects are due Thursday, February 25, 2010 and will be displayed in our media center as well as hallways.