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Science Fairs and Alternatives

 
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A Kinder-Science Fair

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Summary: A science fair might be the last thing you think of when planning a kindergarten science curriculum, but the authors found it to be the perfect avenue for teaching their students science-process skills. Here they share their steps in teaching science-process...

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A Revamped Science Expo

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Summary: 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...

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Everybody Loves PRISM!

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Summary: 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,...

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Four Tools for Science Fair Success

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Summary: These teacher-tested ideas will guide your students in creating true inquiry-based projects. Two of the ideas, the Topic Selection Wizard and Science Project Timeline, are appropriate for all science fair programs, even new ones. For existing programs,...

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From Cookbook to Experimental Design

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Summary: Developing expertise, whether from cook to chef or from student to scientist, occurs over time and requires encouragement, guidance, and support. One key goal of an elementary science program should be to move students toward expertise in their ability...

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Getting a Jump on the Science Fair

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Summary: Just the thought of organizing a science fair for an elementary or middle school can seem overwhelming. The author has uncovered numerous ways to ensure the smooth operation of a school science fair. In her description of the start-to-finish operation...

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Multiple Modes of Inquiry in Earth Science

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Summary: To help teachers enrich their students’ understanding of inquiry in Earth science, this article describes six modes of inquiry used by practicing geoscientists (Earth scientists). Each mode of inquiry is illustrated by using examples of seminal or pioneering...

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Non-Traditional Characteristics of a Successful Science Fair Project

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Summary: Although science fairs are designed to help students develop inquiry skills, including writing research proposals, working with peers, and sharing experimental findings, simply holding a science fair is no guarantee that students will actually acquire...

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Reverse Your Science Fair with Educational Partnerships

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Summary: Do your students roll their eyes and groan at the idea of another science fair? If so, try implementing a different twist on science fairs, where teachers can arrange for adults to present projects to students. This non-traditional fair solicits faculty...

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Science 101: What makes for a good science fair project?

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Summary: One way to address this issue is to name a few questions that are not good for science fair projects. Why is the sky blue? Can plants survive without water? and What causes volcanoes? are examples of questions that aren’t so great. The reason...

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Science Sampler: A (minty) fresh approach to science fair projects

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Summary: This class activity allows students to quickly “do” a class science fair project in order to see how it’s done. It's also a great way to introduce concepts of controlling variables and testing multiple subjects using an inexpensive breath mint. Even if...

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Science Sampler: No stress science fair

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Summary: Teachers can combat two common pitfalls of science fairs—finding time and excessive parental involvement—by working the projects into the classroom curriculum. Students complete independent research projects early in the year and showcase their results...

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Science Sampler: Students learn best by teaching

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Summary: Traditionally, science fair projects allow students to share their personal investigations about nature. In a science fair presentation, a student typically lectures, pointing out observations, data, analysis, and conclusions to a disinterested audience...

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Science Sampler: Using simple statistics to ensure science-fair success

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Summary: Judging science fairs is a way to see students’ enthusiasm for science, their courage as they overcome nervousness to share findings with a real scientist, and their pride when they show their hard work, condensed in a nicely prepared display. Occasionally,...

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Science Shorts: More Than One Way to Investigate

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Summary: An exciting element of science fairs is that they give students the opportunity to explore various interests through scientific investigation. Many students, however, mistakenly think that all investigations are experiments. This lesson can help broaden...

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Take the Science Fair Online!

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Summary: The kids in today’s classrooms spend lots of time playing video games, surfing the net, listening to iPods, and text messaging on cell phones. Known as Digital Kids and the Net Generation, they have grown up surrounded by digital media of all types (Tapscott...

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Tech Trek: An e-learning science fair

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Summary: Traditional science fairs have been replaced by having students use sophisticated technology to participate in a virtual science fair that relies on the internet, e-mail, and other tools of the digital age. The new E-Learning Science Fair (ELSF) was developed...

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The Future Scientists and Engineers Conferences: Using Community Resources to Enhance the Science Fair

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Summary: Conference attendees arrive at the registration desk at 9:00 a.m. sharp, eager to start their day. While standing in line, they talk excitedly about the sessions they’ve chosen to see, the original investigation they’ll be presenting, off-site field trips...

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The Road to Stress-Free Science Fairs: A long-term approach to learning inquiry takes the stress out of science fairs

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Summary: If the words "science fair" strike fear in your heart, you're not alone. While few disagree that science fair projects have great potential for student learning, the preparation and execution of projects can be stressful for teachers, students, and parents...