Owen J. Roberts School DistrictScience Research Competition ...

Owen J. Roberts School DistrictScience Research Competition ...

OWEN J. ROBERTS SCHOOL DISTRICT SCIENCE RESEARCH COMPETITION PARENT INFORMATION MEETING Heidi Lehmann District Science Curriculum Supervisor Mary-Rita Bonner, East Coventry Elementary Margie Jardine, West Vincent Elementary Annmarie Barlow, East Vincent Elementary Elementary Patrice Reiche, North Coventry Christy Palmerio, French Creek Elementary Mark Hofer, Secondary Science Teacher

WELCOME & OVERVIEW Connection to our Science Curriculum: WHAT IS SCIENCE? The study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. WE BELIEVE: Our students are the foundation of our nations future. TEACHING SCIENCE AS INQUIRY: Instead of teaching young people about science, we want them to do science! OJR CURRICULUM EXPECTATIONS: RESEARCH PROJECT Utilize the scientific method in and out of the classroom setting to solve problems and answer questions. (OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPLORE- DESIGN-CREATE) Problem-Solving Planning and conducting research investigations Using appropriate tools to gather and analyze data Communication Skills - share results and present findings HELPING YOUR CHILDREN:

1. Be Positive! Give encourage, support, and guidance. 2. Make certain the project is primarily the work of the child. 3. Realize that your child may be using reading, writing, math, and social skills for the first time in a creative way to solve a problem. 4. In addition to data and results, encourage journaling for recording ideas, related research, methods, designs, etc. 5. Help your child plan a mutually agreed upon schedule, to prevent a last minute project and a disrupted household. (A four to six week plan that uses a check-off sheet is best. ) 6. Help your child design a safe project that is not hazardous in any way. 7. Provide transportation to such places as libraries, nature centers, universities, etc. that can help the child find project information. Taken from: National Science Teachers Association Advancing to the Next Level Intel

Intel (Grades (Grades 9-12) 9-12) May May 11-17, 11-17, 2014 2014 Delaware Delaware Valley Valley Science Science Fair Fair (Grades (Grades 6-12)

6-12) April April 1-3, 1-3, 2014 2014 CCSRC CCSRC (Grades (Grades 4-12) 4-12) March March 3-4, 3-4, 2014 2014 Local Local Science Science Fair

Fair Must Must be be held held before before February February 8, 8, 2014 2014 Science Research Experiments Why Should My Child Participate?

Your child wants to do an experiment Its a real world connection to our curriculum Possible financial benefits Your child will learn important life skills in the areas of problem solving and critical thinking Your child will develop 21st century skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) You get a chance to encourage your childs natural curiosity and willingness to push through problems in a fun experiment But I dont even know where to start! Schools Science Fair Coordinator Each schools Science Research Competition web page

Childs science teacher OWEN J. ROBERTS SCIENCE RESEARCH EXPERIMENT RESOURCE PACKET 1. PLAN THE EXPERIMENT 2. DESIGN THE EXPERIMENT 3. CONDUCT THE EXPERIMENT Plan The Experiment Select a topic that interests you Define the purpose and problem/question WHY are you doing this experiment? WHAT are you trying to discover? Research

Write hypothesis Use your research to declare what you believe will happen under a certain set of conditions If . . . then . . . because Experiment Categories (See special requirements in resource packet) Behavioral and Social Sciences Biochemistry Botany Chemistry Computer Science Consumer Science (grades 4-8 only) Earth and Space Sciences Engineering

Environmental Science Mathematics Medicine and Health Microbiology Physics Zoology Team Projects Design The Experiment Gather necessary materials Write the procedure Details, details, details Variables and constants Independent: the ONE thing that you will change Dependent: the ONE thing that you will measure and observe to draw conclusions Constants: the things that need to stay the same to ensure you have reliable data and results

Observations and measurements Qualitative: use your senses to observe changes Quantitative: use measuring tools to record changes Conduct The Experiment Follow your approved procedure Use your original logbook EVERY time you work on your experiment Take pictures! Analyze data collected Draw conclusions and make real world connections Patterns, relationships, trends, etc. Why should we review this research experiment? Write a summary (abstract) Publish your experiment on the display board

SO NOW THAT MY CHILD HAS DONE ALL OF THIS (FUN AND EASY) WORK, WHAT DO WE DO NEXT? ENTER THE SCIENCE COMPETITION! ALL ISEF PAPERWORK MUST BE SUBMITTED AND APPROVED BEFORE ANY DATA COLLECTION OR EXPERIMENTATION CAN BEGIN The Required ISEF Paperwork Form 1 Checklist for Adult Sponsor

#1-3, 5, bottom section Also 4 & 6 if appropriate Form 1A Student Checklist Basic demographic information Includes research plan Form 1B Approval Form Student name and signature Parent name and signature

Research Plan Let Me Know Its Safe Question/purpose Hypothesis Detailed methodology Procedure Data analysis Bibliography If applicable Human subject form and Sample informed consent Surveys Risk assessment Project specific forms (vertebrate animals) Other Common ISEF Forms Form 3 Risk Assessment Form Ensures safe supervision for student researcher

Form 4 Human Participants Form Requires additional level of approval to assess health risks Form 4 Human Informed Consent One unsigned COMPLETED copy submitted with paperwork for approval Signed copies for EACH PARTICIPANT kept with log Project Specific ISEF Forms (See special requirements in handbook) 1C: Regulated Research Institutional or Industrial Setting Form

2: Qualified Scientist Form 5A and 5B: Vertebrate Animal Forms 6A: Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents Risk Assessment Form 6B: Human and Vertebrate Animal Tissue Form 7: Continuation Form Whos Who Name Heidi Lehmann Science & Technology Curriculum Supervisor, OJRSD Contact information [email protected] 610-469-5169 Mary-Rita Bonner

East Coventry Elementary [email protected] 610-469-5611 Annmarie Barlow East Vincent Elementary [email protected] 610-469- Christy Palmerio French Creek Elementary [email protected] 610-469- Patrice Reiche North Coventry Elementary

[email protected] 610-469- Margie Jardine West Vincent Elementary [email protected] 610-469- Mark Hofer Secondary Science Teacher [email protected] 610-469- DISTRICT DATES SCHOOL

COMPETITION DATE/ (SNOW DATE) East Coventry Elementary January 15, 2014/ (January 16) East Vincent Elementary January 8, 2014/ French Creek Elementary January 21, 2014/ (January 28) (January 9) North Coventry Elementary January 22, 2014/ (January 28)

West Vincent Elementary January 29, 2014/ (January 30) Secondary Science Teacher January 23, 2014/ (January 24) QUESTIONS?

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