A Revamped Science Expoby: Lorna Barth

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By changing the venue from festival to a required academic exposition, the traditional science fair was transformed into a “Science Expo” wherein students were guided away from cookbook experiments toward developing a question about their environment into a testable and measurable experiment. The revamped “Science Expo” became a night for students to show each other and the community what they’ve learned about science inquiry, processes, and habits of mind.

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  • Elementary
Publication Date
12/1/2007

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  • on Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:59 AM

This article describes a schools attempt to revitalize a science fair into a science expo in which students grades four through six came up with their own questions to explore. Students were required to come up with their own approaches to testing their questions without having to follow a predesigned approach. All of the work was done at home using resources found at home. Students were then given an opportunity to explain what they did, how they did and the results that they came up with at an evening event much like a true science conference poster session. The article provides all the handouts that were presented to parents and children.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Thu Feb 16, 2012 1:33 PM

This article is very helpful, especially to a teacher just stating to be involved with science fairs. This teacher took an old idea about science fairs and revamped it into an exciting science expo. This article has a weath of resources and ideas to help teachers doing science fairs.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Wed Mar 23, 2011 3:42 PM

Not only is this a great idea, resources are included to help a busy teacher or administrator pull this off. The idea is sound-- have kids ask an investigatable question and set up a way to find the answer. Then, present your results in a formal science exposition. Encouragement is given to kids but the work should be fully their own. Included in this resource are supplementary documents to replicate/modify for use in your own science expo, including rubrics, student and parent information packet and logistical information.

Wendy  (Pocatello, ID)
Wendy (Pocatello, ID)

  • on Sat Feb 12, 2011 12:57 PM

This article was very informative about how to set up an Expo with my students. It didn't just explain the process, but provided the resources to get it really started. With my busy schedule I do not have the time to do all the organization that this would require. I recommend this to anyone who teaches Science.

RUTH FRIEDLANDER  (BRONX, NY)
RUTH FRIEDLANDER (BRONX, NY)

  • on Sat Feb 12, 2011 12:53 PM

This article was very informative about how to set up an Expo with my students. It didn't just explain the process, but provided the resources to get it really started. With my busy schedule I do not have the time to do all the organization that this would require. I recommend this to anyone who teaches Science.

RUTH FRIEDLANDER  (BRONX, NY)
RUTH FRIEDLANDER (BRONX, NY)


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