Everybody Loves PRISM!by: J. Carrie Launius and O. Victor Lenz Jr.

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As a beginning science teacher working on a science fair for the first time, the author was amazed at the projects submitted—projects that were obviously not completed by the students who turned them in. The students who had parents that were doctors, scientists, and engineers clearly were winning the science fair. It was rare for a student who did not have a parent in a science-related career to compete successfully. As a result, a reconfigured science fair was designed to help every child benefit from the science fair, not just a select few. This article describes this new approach, which is entitled PRISM: Practical Research Investigating Scientific Methods.

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  • on Fri Feb 08, 2013 11:15 AM

In an effort to make children in grades K-5 more responsible for their work the traditional science fair was changed into PRISM. In this format students entered projects into four possible categories: collections, investigations, inventions, or portfolios. Each of these four categories are explained in the article and samples are provided. For the district described in the article this has been a positive activity for promoting problem solving for their students and an alternative to the traditional parent involved science fair project.

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

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