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Title: Potomac Landing stem FAIR PROJECT 2012 Parent Information Night


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Potomac Landing stem FAIR PROJECT 2012
Parent Information Night
SCIENCE
TECHNOLOGY
ENGINEERING
MATH
2
Potomac's STEM Fair will be held on February
20, 2013
  • All completed projects will be due on
  • February 7, 2013
  • in order to be presented and graded in class.

3
General Project Information
  • Grades PreK-2 completion of class project
  • Grades 3-6 complete individual projects
  • each component worth a homework grade
  • final project worth an assessment/project grade
  • Project Journals can be downloaded from online
    this year. No hardcopies will be distributed.
  • all project due dates should be adhered to in
    order to receive full credit
  • Grades 4-6 must complete a brief research paper
    as part of their project

4
Project Must Haves
  • Display board with all parts of the scientific
    method represented
  • Research Paper
  • (4-5 grades ONLY)

5
And now
  • All the details
  • to complete a
  • Grade A Investigation

6
STEP 1 Choosing a TOPIC/QUESTION
DUE 11-30
  • Your topic/question should be
  • Of Interest
  • Related to science, technology, engineering, or
    math
  • One that can only be answered through an
    investigation in which numerical data is collected

Example Which soil type will grass grow best
in?
7
Where do I get ideas
for a topic?
  • Student Project Journal Online (already approved
    topics/questions in Appendix C)
  • Science textbook
  • School library
  • Public library
  • Internet
  • Observing the world around us

8
Guidelines for choosing a topic
  • Only THIRD graders can do consumer projects
  • No Projects involving VERTEBRATES
  • No Models
  • No Bacteria Projects
  • Mold projects must be pre-approved for safety
    reasons

9
CONSUMER SCIENCE IS FOR THIRD GRADE ONLY
  • What paper towel soaks up the most water?
  • What diaper absorbs the most liquid?
  • Which ketchup is thicker?

Consumer science is testing a product or
comparing it to another brand of the same product.
10
STEP 2 Making a HYPOTHESIS (Prediction)
  • The hypothesis is
  • A response to the question to be investigated
  • Should follow this format
  • I believe ______________ because ______________.

DUE 12- 6
Example I believe that clay soil will
grow grass best because it sticks together and
can hold water for a long time
11
STEP 3 Gather List Project MATERIALS
  • List all materials to be used in the
    investigation AND include
  • quantities
  • sizes/amounts (in metric units)

DUE 12/13
Example 3 6 oz. plastic cups, 30 grams of each
soil type (clay, loam, sand), 9 Kentucky
bluegrass seeds, 40 milliliters of water (daily)
12
STEP 4 Write down the step-by-step PROCEDURES
of the investigation
  • Procedures should be listed in step format
  • 1.
  • 2.
  • 3.

DUE 12/13
Example 1. Label each cup with the different
soil type. 2. Place 20 ml of each soil type in
a separate
cup. 3. Put 3 grass seeds in each cup of soil,
pressing them
about 5 cm below the soil.
13
STEP 5 Identify Investigation VARIABLES
  • Independent Variable
  • The one thing thats changed on purpose
  • Dependent Variable
  • The one thing that should change based on the
    independent variable
  • Controlled Variables
  • The things that remain the same (or constant)
    throughout the investigation

DUE 12/20
Example Soil type
Example Rate of grass growth
Example cup size, amount of soil,
type of grass seed,
amount of water
14
STEP 6 Perform the INVESTIGATION
15
STEP 7 Document RESULTS of investigation
DUE 1/24
  • Results need to include
  • - At least 1 data table
  • - At least 1 graph
  • - A written explanation





16
STEP 8 Write CONCLUSIONS
  • Investigation conclusions should be written in
    paragraph format and include
  • A statement about proving or disproving the
    hypothesis
  • A statement of what was learned by completing the
    investigation
  • A statement about anything that could have or
    might have been done differently to make the
    investigation better
  • A statement of how the investigation connects to
    real-world concerns and applications

DUE 1/24
17
Research Paper
DUE 1/17
  • Title Page
  • Acknowledgements
  • Project Question
  • Background research
  • Write down questions that you want to know about
    your topic that can be answered by looking in a
    book.
  • Sources/Bibliography
  • At least 3

An example of a research paper is included in
the Student Project Journal Online.
18
Display of the STEM Fair Project
Procedures
Title
Question
Written Explanation
Hypothesis
Variables
Conclusion
Materials
Data Table
Graph
All parts of the Results.
19
Project Display Board Tips
  • Dont be afraid to use color no more than
    2-3 different colors
  • Type or write neatly NO scratch-outs or
    sloppiness
  • Make sure the font size isnt too small (no
    smaller than 14 pt)
  • Make sure to include a title
  • The display should be neat and attractive

20
Additional items to keep in mind
  • All project components are to be turned in for
    teacher review on the due dates provided
  • Pictures should be taken throughout the
    investigation and placed on the final display
    board
  • Any pictures used should include captions
  • NO ADDITIONAL MATERIALS (actual investigation
    materials) should be brought to school

21
Contact Information
  • Mrs. Burke,
  • Science Department Coordinator
  • Karen.Burke_at_pgcps.org
  • Also Contact Your Childs Teacher
  • For Further Information
  • Teachers name_at_pgcps.org

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Any Questions
? ? ? ? ? ? ?
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Thank you for all of your support!HAPPY
INVESTIGATING !!
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