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STEAM Fair 2019

 

March 18th, 2019

 

Dear Parent or Guardian,

 

During the next 8 weeks your child will be creating a project for the upcoming 6th annual Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) Fair at Wellpinit Middle School. Students can choose between: 1) performing an experiment using the scientific method; 2) demonstrate a scientific principle that shows how something works or how something is created; or 3) researching a STEAM topic or question and providing detailed information about the topic.

The Fair’s objective is to give every student hands-on experience researching, experimenting, and presenting their findings to their peers and community as well as an opportunity to extend their learning on a topic of personal interest beyond the classroom.

STEAM fair projects are independent study assignments involving experimentation and research on a topic.  Nonetheless, working with peers, family, and teachers is also encouraged. Students will receive instructions and handouts during class for all steps of their project. However, the majority of the work will be done at home and on the weekends. Please question your child about their project over the next 8 weeks and check on their progress to make sure they complete their project by the deadline.  Projects will be a part of all student’s Math and Science grade for the fourth quarter of the school year.

Each student will be given a project display board to display their work.  Students have the choice of working alone or with a teacher-approved partner. We have included an example that students can follow when setting up their project display board (Fig. 1). We have also included the scoring guides that the high school student judges will be using to evaluate the projects (Fig. 2-4.  In addition, we have attached a list of helpful websites (Figure 5) and ideas (Figure 6).

 

Students are welcome to use any materials that we have at the school to create their project and may take some materials home.  We have designated the time of 3:30-4:30 pm on Tuesdays from April 8th to May 20th for students to come in and get help on their projects. During this time students can use the school’s resources to enhance their projects. Students who stay after school will need to provide their own transportation home.

This fair is designed to be a fun learning experience.  However, it can be the exact opposite experience if a student leaves the project until the last week.  Please encourage your child to start early and to make improvements as time allows. 

 

 

 

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS…

The STEAM Fair will be held Friday, May 24th 10:00-11:30.  Families and friends please join us to celebrate and learn from these wonderful scientists who have worked so hard…and please join us after the fair for lunch and an ice cream celebration!

 

If you have any questions, please call and we will be glad to assist:

 

Kind Regards,

 

 

STEAM TEAM COORDINATORS

 

Michelle Bruce                                                        Debby Peone                                          Laina Phillips/Kim Ewing

Science 6-8                                                             Math 6-8                                                 HS/MS Principal

258-4535 ext. 2236                                                 258-4535 ext. 2235                                 258-4535 ext. 2110

mbruce@wellpinit.org                                           dpeone@wellpinit.org                           lphillips@wellpinit.org

 

 

Project Display Board Example

 

 

Figure 1: Project Display Board Format Idea

 

Experiment Scoring Guide

          

Please use the following to score each exhibit

5…………Outstanding

4…………Excellent

3…………Good

2…………Average

1…………Below Average

0…………Did not use own words (copy and pasted other people’s work)

 

Scoring Attributes

Score

Weight of Attributes

Final Score

Question

Is the problem in the form of a question? Does it explain why the experiment was done?

 

X3

 

 Hypothesis/Prediction

Is the hypothesis in the form of an If…then…because statement? Did they use background knowledge to make the prediction?

 

X3

 

Experiment

Are materials clearly listed? Are the procedure steps numbered and logical? Are all three variables identified? Is there data, observations, and analysis?

 

X3

 

Results/ Conclusion

Are the results clearly stated? Is data represented by graphs?

 

X3

 

Presentation Skills:

Maintains good eye contact and voice projection throughout presentation

 

X3

 

Visual Aids

Does the exhibit have a model, video, pictures, or visual aids about important aspects of their project?

 

X4

 

Total Exhibit Score

 

 

/100

 

Figure 2: Experiment Scoring Guide

 

 

Demonstration Scoring Guide

 

Please use the following to score each exhibit

5…………Outstanding

4…………Excellent

3…………Good

2…………Average

1…………Below Average

0………… Did not use own words (copy and pasted other people’s work)

 

Scoring Attributes

Score

Weight of Attributes

Final Score

Organization:

All materials are present and easily accessible. Demonstration runs smoothly.

 

X3

 

Research:

Sites 3 sources. Makes clear connections with a well-known, similar idea in the student’s own words

 

X3

 

Presentation Skills:

Maintains good eye contact and voice projection throughout demonstration

 

X3

 

How Demonstration Works

Student explains the demonstration, addressing all details and gives the observer a clear understanding of how it works.

 

X6

 

Visual Aids

Does the exhibit have a model, video, pictures, or visual aids about important aspects of their project?

 

X5

 

Total Exhibit Score

 

 

/100

 

 

Figure 3:  Demonstration Scoring Guide

 

Research Board Scoring Guide

 

Please use the following to score each exhibit

5…………Outstanding

4…………Excellent

3…………Good

2…………Average

1…………Below Average

0………… Did not use own words (copy and pasted other people’s work)

 

Scoring Attributes

Score

Weight of Attributes

Final Score

Topic:

Is the topic about a STEM topic or concept?  Is there a unique research question?

 

X5

 

Research

Student sites at least 4 resources they used to gather their information and arrive at a unique conclusion about the topic.

 

X5

 

Visual Aids

Does the exhibit have a model, video, pictures, or visual aids about important aspects of their project?

 

X5

 

Presentation Skills:

Maintains good eye contact and voice projection throughout presentation

 

X5

 

Total Exhibit Score

 

 

/100

 

 

Figure 4:  Research Project Scoring Guide

 

Helpful Resources for STEAM Fair Projects

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can also use search engines like Google or Bing and type in “science fair examples” or “STEAM fair resources” and you will find a lot of information.

 

Figure 5: Helpful Online Resources for Fair Projects

 

Experiment Ideas

Demonstration Ideas

Research Ideas

·         Where are the most germs in your school?

·         What heats up faster… land or water?

·         Which paper towel brand is the strongest?

·         What brand of ice chest is the best?

·         Which brand of fishing line is the best?

·         Can the food we eat affect our heart rate?

·         Which brand of plastic baggie keeps food the freshest?

·         What is the best way to keep cut flowers fresh the longest?

·         What plant fertilizer works best?

·         What brand of battery lasts the longest?

·         Does the type of potting soil used in planting affect how fast the plant grows?

·         What type of food allow mold to grow the fastest?

·         Does having worms in soil help plants grow faster?

·         Can plants grow in pots if they are sideways or upside down?

·         How much weight can the surface tension of water hold?

·         Do natural or chemical fertilizers work best?

·         What brand of motor oil has the highest viscosity?

·         Which brand of battery lasts the longest?

·         How does a microwave oven work?

·         How does a camera work?

·         How to magnetize an object?

·         How does dry ice work?

·         How does an engine work?

·         How  to make a solar cooker

·         The Phases of the Moon

·         Earth’s Seasons

·         Convection Currents

·         The Bending of Light Waves

·         How do cell phones work?

·         What is so special about Water (H2O)?

·         How do trees drink (What is capillary action)?

·         How does a volcano work?

·         How is glass made?

·         How are candles made?

·         How are fingerprints collected?

·         How do water-bugs walk on water?

·         How does photosynthesis work?

·         Lightening

·         What are macro-invertebrates and what do they tell us?

·         Sustainable Gardening

·         Global Climate Change

·         Solar Power

·         Wind Power

·         Pros and Cons of GMOs

·         Pros and Cons of Zoos

·         Human Population

·         Mining Asteroids

·         Invasive Species

·         Endangered Species

·         Cloning

·         Drone Use in Science

·         Medical testing on Animals

·         How Do You Smoke Venison?

·         Snow Science: How is snowpack measured?                   

·         What Tree is that? How To Identify Pine Trees and others

·         Indigenous Edible Plants

 

·         Plastic Oceans

 

 

Figure 6: Ideas for Fair Projects

 

 

ASSIGNMENT # 1-DUE MARCH 25TH

 

 

 

Dear Families,

 

Please sign below to acknowledge that you have read and understand the options, expectations, timeline and requirements for the Wellpinit Middle School 2019 STEAM Fair.  We hope you enjoy working with your child to extend their learning outside of the classroom and explore a topic of personal interest. Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you on May 24th , 2019

 

 

__________________________________________________                     Parent Signature

__________________________________________________                     Student Signature

 

 

This signed paper is worth a tasty snack if it is returned by Monday, March 25th, 2109.