Tracks 1 and 3 – Tuesday, January 22, 2019: 6:00-7:30pm
Tracks 2 and 4 – Tuesday, January 29, 2019: 6:00-7:30pm
We plan to have registration and set up from 6-6:30, with the Science Expo open to the public from 6:30-7:30.
The Science Expo is open to grades K-5. Our goal is to foster participation with science in many ways. The focus for the science experiments is to answer a scientific question. Also, we want to explore famous scientists and their contributions. Students will be able to participate in the science expo either by completing a science experiment or, for grades 3-5, a choice to be a part of the famous scientist wax museum.
Guidelines for participating in a Science Experiment
Students should be able to design and complete an experiment on their own. Younger students may need varying degrees of help and guidance, please use your own discretion. When they are finished, we want students to have a better understanding of the scientific process, and most importantly… have FUN!!!
Information is being provided early this year to give each track a track-out if needed for an experiment – it can take time to watch animals or grow plants!
Choose an area of interest
These general topic areas are covered in various ways and at various depth in each grade at Alston Ridge: Animals, Plants, Force and Motion, Weather, Matter, Rocks, Landforms, and Human Body
Websites like this one can help you find a topic.
Follow a Scientific Process
1) Ask a question
2) Make a prediction, a hypothesis you can test
3) Create and conduct an experiment
4) Observe what happens, gather data
5) Draw Conclusions, charts and graphs are helpful
6) Share your work with others (at the Science Expo!)
Create a presentation
Most students use a tri-fold board to display their experiment. Include pictures, charts, graphs, and information. Small demonstrations or displays can be set up in front of the board if that helps the student describe the process.
The students should be able to easily understand the experiment, what processes they used, and what the results are. Relating the results to real-life situations is helpful too! Parents and other students will come and ask questions, and we will have judges selecting a few excellent projects for each grade.
Sections to include on the trifold can range from simple – hypothesis, procedure, data, results for younger students – to including problem/question, background research, materials list, conclusion/real-life application for older students. There are a lot of fun ways to set up your project! https://www.pinterest.com/pin/354658539397451345/
Guidelines for participating in the Famous Scientist Wax Museum
Students grades 3-5 have the option to research a famous scientist and learn about their life (see below). Students are expected to dress up as that scientist and will speak about what they learned. Students can also use a tri-fold poster to present their information as well. Watch this video for ideas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpaLD27bOKE
• Full name of scientists
• Age (date of birth – death (if applicable))
• Place of Birth and where they grew up
• Education or family – Schooling and university
• What hobbies or interests did they have growing up?
• Inventions, Cures, or Discoveries
• Any fun or interesting facts about your scientist?
• How does or in what ways does it help society?
SOME GREAT WEBSITES TO HELP
Please fill out and return this registration form. There will be several activities for the whole family to enjoy: hands-on centers in the science room, moon viewing with a telescope (weather permitting), “wax museum” of famous scientists in the hallway, Science Olympiad Club and other presentation groups.