Resource Image A Model of the INEEL Science and Engineering Expo for Middle Schools

by: Elda Zounar
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Type of Resource: Journal Article
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Publication Title: Science Scope
Publication Date: 4/1/2005
Grade Level: Middle School


The Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL) created a high-impact, inquiry-based science and engineering expo that engages students in learning and exploring science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. The expo is aimed toward youth in grades 5–8, teachers, parents, and learners of all ages.

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Science Discipline: (mouse over for full classification)
Fields of science
Science process skills
Intended User Role:Curriculum Supervisor, Middle-Level Educator, Teacher
Educational Issues:Careers, Community involvement, Curriculum, Informal education, Inquiry learning, Instructional materials, Parent involvement, Teacher preparation, Teaching strategies


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National Standards Correlation

This resource has 6 correlations with the National Standards.  

This resource has 6 correlations with the National Standards.  

  • Content Standards
    • Quality Teaching
      • Deepens educators’ content knowledge, provides them with research-based instructional strategies to assist students in meeting rigorous academic standards, and prepares them to use various types of classroom assessments appropriately. (NSDC)
  • Teaching Standards
    • Teachers of science develop communities of science learners that reflect the intellectual rigor of scientific inquiry.
      • Enable students to have a significant voice in decisions about the content and context of their work and require students to take responsibility for the learning of all members of the community.
      • Model and emphasize the skills, attitudes, and values of scientific inquiry.
      • Display and demand respect for the diverse ideas, skills, and experiences of all students.
  • Science as Inquiry
    • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • NA
  • Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
      • NA

User Reviews

How-to Engineering Expo
  Maureen Stover (Fayetteville, NC) on August 23, 2012
  This article outlines how to set-up and run an informal-education science expo. By giving step-by-step instructions, the authors help prepare the reader for a successful expo of their own. In addition to information on how to run an expo, the authors also provide links to the National Science Education Standards and ideas to translate the the expo into a classroom setting. This is an excellent article for anyone looking to set-up an informal science expo, a family science night or a classroom science expo.

Starting Some New
  Adah (San Antonio, TX) on March 16, 2012
  This article describes an engineering expo started and first piloted in 2001 in Idaho. Along with the photos which illustrate this pilot this article provides 12 steps to make this expo a success, related NSES standards, methods of delivery, and evaluations examples. What makes this article so valuable is that it also addresses an expo in the classroom. This could be a good starting point as a spring board toward a future bigger even and the idea of an engineering expo might be a good alternative to the traditional science fair.

Planning a Campus Science Family Event
  Yolanda Smith-Evans (Houston, TX) on August 27, 2012
  Although this article was written some time ago, I found it contained basic and pertinent information for anyone who wanted to implement a science family event on campus. The pictures and the steps are easy to follow and I believe will be a good resource for the novice teacher.