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Intro to Research and Design

This targets middle and high school students who are not confident in their research skills and helps them to establish a research program that will be successful and fun in order to participate in the science fair.

Introduction to Research & Design Research Projects - $12/class minimum suggested donation

Teacher:  Lisa Riley Giordano (Mrs. G,)

Contact:   lisagiordano@questforeducationandarts.com

EACH WEEK

Plan on a FUN Science Lab. Activity and then make sure you have the following items at every class!

  1. Bring your binder to class.
  2. Bring your journal to class. You receive points for this.
  3. Bring a pencil to class.
  4. Please arrive on time and be ready to start on time.  Be awake and perky!

GOALS - Make a goal of working on your Science Fair Project each week.  Science Fair will be here soon.

SARSEF is  April 11, 2018.

QUEST will have a Science Fair before that, probably in February.  Quest's Science Fair is called - AHSEF (Arizona Homeschool Science and Engineering Fair)

Thoughts about Critical Thinking/Problem Solving

Critical Thinking can be deployed at any time, in any context. It is a type of thought that even 3-year olds can engage in – and even trained scientists can fail in.

Knowing that one should think critically is not the same as being able to do so. That requires domain knowledge and practice.

Within a content area like science, students have more context clues to help them figure out which metacognitive strategy to use

Background knowledge is necessary to engage in scientific critical thinking.

Help DECORATE our CLASSROOM with SCIENCE!

20 points for making a COLORFUL poster for our classroom wall.   

*1 Poster per student per month.

  • Please make it colorful and interesting.  
  • CUT and PASTE photos of your topic, or use your photos. or your drawings.
  • Put a nice BIG title on your poster.  
  • Please include at least one fact about your topic.
  • Any size poster you would like to make is fine.  8 1/2 by 11 to full size poster boards.  
  • Please put your name on the front of it.

POSTER Topics:

Animal Kingdoms - Any animals from any of the kingdoms, we will be getting to them all eventually.  Arthropods, Annelids, Echinoderms, Vertebrates, Cnidaria, and Mollusks. Label it with your chosen kingdom. 

Science Fair Projects - that you are interested in.  Please give some details about your project and put a BIG title on the poster.  Lots of pictures and lots of color!

September 12, 2017

Intro to Research and Design Assignments:

I have a new QUEST e-mail that works.  Please e-mail me as soon as you read this so I can add you to my contacts.  lisagiordano@questforeducationandarts.com

  1. Please bring Quiz #1 back to class with as many questions answered as possible.  We will finish going through the quiz together.  We did not cover the answers to question number 6, so please leave that blank. (Quiz #1)   
  2. Please review the Quiz so you will be able to play games with the information.  If you don't have it please e-mail me and I will send it to you.
  3. The books will be available soon.  The front office is working on that.
  4. Our lab this week will be about ACIDS and BASES.  Please don't wear fancy clothes.
  5. Please watch this video about the Scientific Method this week. 

6. Please watch this video about variables this week.

7. MOST important - Bring a list of 5 Science Fair Topics you are interested in this week.  You won't be stuck with this list.  I just want you to think about ideas and narrow it down to a list.  Worth 10 Gold Points

September 19, 2017

Assignments for Week 3 and Week 4 - September 26 and October 3rd.

September 26th - We will be continuing with Acids and Bases experiments.  The students will be asked to work in groups and set up experiments by using the Scientific Method.

The Scientific Method

  • Formulate your research question
  • Do background research
  • State a hypothesis, identify variables
  • Test your hypothesis by doing an experiment
  • Analyze your results & draw conclusions
  • Present results

 

Assignments due on September 26th

  1. Please hand in your 3 best ideas for your Science Fair Project.  It can be typed or written.  Start narrowing down your questions.  Be ready to discuss details about your topics.  That means start researching your topics.  You need to have serious topic ideas.  They must be measurable and repeatable and PRACTICAL.  No penguin studies.  
  2. Please complete and bring the quiz that I handed out. 10 points
  3. Watch the videos from last week again. 
  4. Watch the attached video!  It will really help you!!
  5. Bring a journal to class.
  6. Parents - Please look at the SARSEF website to see the list of benefit from doing a high quality science fair project.  Please encourage your child every step of the way and help them start this week.  https://sarsef.org/schools/administrators/benefits

What are the benefits of engaging in active research projects? Of course, the biggest and best reason to do a research project is so that students learn to care about ...

Remember you must complete a Science Fair Project and enter it in the Science Fair for Quest and I am hoping you go on to SARSEF.

Your grades will be based on how well you do your project and the quizzes.  

10 ideas and some power tips to make you the king of your science fair! FREE Audio Book- http://bit.ly/AudibleMarkRober 

A review of all the books I've listen...

September 26, 2017

Assignments for Week 3 and Week 4 - September 26 and October 3rd.

September 26th - We will be continuing with Acids and Bases experiments.  The students will be asked to work in groups and set up experiments by using the Scientific Method.

The Scientific Method

  • Formulate your research question
  • Do background research
  • State a hypothesis, identify variables
  • Test your hypothesis by doing an experiment
  • Analyze your results & draw conclusions
  • Present results

 

Assignments due on September 26th

  1. Please hand in your 3 best ideas for your Science Fair Project.  It can be typed or written.  Start narrowing down your questions.  Be ready to discuss details about your topics.  That means start researching your topics.  You need to have serious topic ideas.  They must be measurable and repeatable and PRACTICAL.  No penguin studies.  
  2. Please complete and bring the quiz that I handed out. 10 points
  3. Watch the videos from last week again. 
  4. Watch the attached video!  It will really help you!!
  5. Bring a journal to class.
  6. Parents - Please look at the SARSEF website to see the list of benefit from doing a high quality science fair project.  Please encourage your child every step of the way and help them start this week.  https://sarsef.org/schools/administrators/benefits

What are the benefits of engaging in active research projects? Of course, the biggest and best reason to do a research project is so that students learn to care about ...

 

Remember you must complete a Science Fair Project and enter it in the Science Fair for Quest and I am hoping you go on to SARSEF.

Your grades will be based on how well you do your project and the quizzes.  

10 ideas and some power tips to make you the king of your science fair! FREE Audio Book- http://bit.ly/AudibleMarkRober 

A review of all the books I've listen...

Assignments due October 3rd

  1. Bring a typed research question about your chosen topic.  Include what you think will be your INDEPENDENT and DEPENDENT variables.  THIS is very IMPORTANT!   20 points
  2. Bring a rough draft of how you plan to do your experiment.
  3. Print 3 pages of research for your topic.  LIST the URL for each site above the articles.  This is a cut and paste assignment, but take it seriously.  This is the start to your successful project.  SAVE these 3 pages on your computer or flash drive and keep it in your computer Science Fair 2018 folder.  You can use books if you have books that are current on your topic.  Write the Book info down.
  4. Bring your journal that you have started.  Write everything you have done so far in your journal.
  5. Watch the attached videos.
  6. Parents -  please review the SARSEF website.  https://sarsef.org/schools/administrators/benefits/  

    What are the benefits of engaging in active research projects? Of course, the biggest and best reason to do a research project is so that students learn to care about ...

October 3, 2017

Week - 4   Assignments due October 3rd

Please review all of the videos that have been assigned so far.  It is important to have a strong understanding of variables!

  1. Bring a typed research question about your chosen topic.  Include what you think will be your INDEPENDENT and DEPENDENT variables.  THIS is very IMPORTANT!   20 points
  2. Bring a rough draft of how you plan to do your experiment.
  3. Print 3 pages of research for your topic.  LIST the URL for each site above the articles.  This is a cut and paste assignment, but take it seriously.  This is the start to your successful project.  SAVE these 3 pages on your computer or flash drive and keep it in your computer Science Fair 2018 folder.  You can use books if you have books that are current on your topic.  Write the Book info down.
  4. Bring your journal that you have started.  Write everything you have done so far in your journal.
  5. Watch the attached videos.
  6. Parents -  please review the SARSEF website.  https://sarsef.org/schools/administrators/benefits/  

     

October 10, 2017

Week 5 - Research, Research, Research

I found a great video that explains how to search the internet for information about your topics.  RESEARCH is so important!

GOAL - YOU need to become an "expert" about your topic.  Please plan on telling the rest of the class all about your topic in class.

This is the same as last week.  You have a chance to catch up or to keep

  1. Bring a typed research question about your chosen topic.  Include what you think will be your INDEPENDENT and DEPENDENT variables.  THIS is very IMPORTANT!   20 points
  2. Bring a rough draft of how you plan to do your experiment.
  3. Print 3 pages of research for your topic.  LIST the URL for each site above the articles.  This is a cut and paste assignment, but take it seriously.  This is the start to your successful project.  SAVE these 3 pages on your computer or flash drive and keep it in your computer Science Fair 2018 folder.  You can use books if you have books that are current on your topic.  Write the Book info down.
  4. Bring your journal that you have started.  Write everything you have done so far in your journal.
  5. Watch the attached 2 videos.

October 17, 2017

Week 6 - Research, Research, Research - Record it in your journal and on your computer.

  1.  Research is so important to your project.  The more you know about your topic the more you can create an AWESOME Science Fair Question and Hypothesis.
  2. Remember to try to solve a real life problem.
  3. Your assignment is to become an "expert" on your topic and REPORT your progress to the class.
  4. Watch the videos for inspiration.
  5. Bring your JOURNAL to class.  It should have your notes from each day thatyou have worked on your project.  Draw pictures, write thoughts, write research etc.

Video - examples of Independent Variables and Dependent Variables

10 Fun Science Experiments

Video - Rap Song

October 24, 2017

Week 7 will be a REVIEW CLASS. 

Please review past videos.  Please bring in any missing homework.

There will also be some DRY ICE FUN involved!

 

WEEK 8 - Science Fair Assignments AND what to bring to class EVERY CLASS

 

Becky Thai will be visiting our class in 2 weeks to hear about each students progress and she will be giving them her input on their projects.  Please make sure that the students have a written plan that they can read to Becky Thai.  It should include their Question, Hypothesis and Variables.  If they have those then go ahead and write a rough draft of the procedures.  It can be typed or written.  All of these should be added to their journals by then too.  

 

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT - We will not be asking you to buy a book for this class.  I will be printing directions for the kids for each step of Science Fair.  They must read the print outs and highlight key sentences and keep them in a binder.   

 

They need to bring that binder, a highlighter, a pencil and loose leaf paper to each class.  Please try to arrive on time or early we have a lot to cover in each class and I will always try to have a fun LAB that the students will be doing.

 

ALSO - THEY MUST BRING their journal to class every week for class points.  

They will be writing in it every week.

 

Please go through the information at this website AHSEFbyQuest with your child.  

You can skim it.  

Go to the website, then go to Science Fair Class and click on your class.  There is a step by step power point that will help you get ideas of how to do your Science Fair Project.  You can go to this site any time you need help. 

It is just an overview.  We are going through more details in class

Please visit this WEBSITE http://www.ahsefbyquest.com/

AHSEF is the largest homeschool science fair in the state and also the most rigorous. Every year approximately 100 home school students from Tucson and surrounding ...

Also, any time you have a specific question you can visit SARSEF at https://sarsef.org/

 

October 31, 2017

Parents and Students,

All of the students should be researching their project and recording everything in their journals.

We went over in class what their journals should look like.

 

Please arrive to class on time and ready to learn and ready to present your project progress.

 

HOMEWORK

  • Please do a journal entry each day of what you have done or thought of for your project.  Bring your journal to class.  You get points for entries and bringing it to class.
  • Always be looking for someone to interview about your topic.  People in the community can really give your project that extra boost to success.  ALWAYS be enthusiastic while interviewing.
  • Be ready to present your PROJECT IDEA to Becky Thai.  Please be enthusiastic and have details to tell her.  If you need supplies or help from QUEST, please have a list of what you need.  Becky Thai wants to help as much as possible with supplies and equipment, but you need to know what you need.

 

READ - Parents please read this with your kids.

 

Parents and students - please read the following information together.  I noticed in class that the kids need some guidance with their journals.  

 

FROM - https://sarsef.org/schools/middle-school/step-by-step/

All scientists keep a journal or lab book. You should use a lab notebook to document your science investigations, experiments and/or product designs, too.

  • A lab notebook is an important part of any research or engineering project. Used properly, your lab notebook contains a detailed and permanent account of every step of your project — from the initial brainstorming to the final data analysis and research report.
  • A lab book is like a journal recording your journey from start to finish. Write down your thoughts starting on the very first day, when you are just beginning to choose an idea.
  • Many science projects require a number of steps and multiple trials. By recording the steps of your procedure, your observations, and any questions that arise as you go, you create a record of the project that documents exactly what you did and when you did it.
  • With a complete record of the project in your lab notebook, you can look back at your notes later if a question arises or if you decide to pursue a related project based on something you observed.
  • Writing down your product design ideas, engineering challenges and product testing data will help you keep track of all of your ideas, what you have already tried and how well a particular design performed!

Keeping a lab notebook is easy. The most important thing to do is to “use” your lab notebook. Enter at least one observation every day — even if it is only a sentence.

 

Topics to avoid for Science Fair Projects

  • Any topic that boils down to a simple preference or taste comparison — for example, “Which tastes better: Coke or Pepsi?” Such experiments don’t involve the kinds of numerical measurements we want in a science fair project. They are more of a survey than an experiment.
  • Most consumer-product testing of the “Which is best?” type. This includes comparisons of popcorn, bubblegum, make-up, batteries, detergents, cleaning products and paper towels.
  • The effect of colored light on plants. Several people do this project at almost every science fair. You can be more creative!
  • The effect of music or talking to plants. This is difficult to measure, and been done a million times already.
  • The effect of running, music, video games or almost anything involving blood pressure. The result is either obvious (the heart beats faster when you run) or difficult to measure with proper controls, such as the effect of music.
  • Effect of color on memory, emotion, mood, taste, strength, etc. This is highly subjective and difficult to measure.
  • Any topic that requires measurements that will be extremely difficult to make or repeat, given your equipment. Without measurement, you can’t do science.

There are certain topics that violates the rules of virtually any science fair (see below) will result in disqualification. You will be eliminated from competition before you even are judged. Be sure not to try:

  • Any topic that requires dangerous, hard to find, expensive or illegal materials
  • Any topic that requires drugging, pain or injury to a live vertebrate animal
  • Any topic that creates unacceptable risk (physical or psychological) to a human subject
  • Any topic that involves collection of tissue samples from living humans or vertebrate animals

Permission Required!
Permission may be needed for some projects.
Schools require students to fill out this basic research plan ahead of time so that they make sure that no student begins a project that would not be allowed and so that they get SRC approval before starting.
SRC stands for a Scientific Review Committee at your school that will review projects that involve humans, vertebrate animals and any activity, device, or chemical that might be dangerous.

 

November 7, 2017

Becky Thai is coming to class this week to hear your ideas for Science Fair.  Be prepared to present your idea and variables in an organized manner.  This is great practice for judging interviews.

She will give you her input on your projects.

 

FYI - There is not CLASS during THANKSGIVING WEEK, so you have extra time to work on your Science Fair Project.

 

FYI - Please come to the GALA and see your TA and classmates perform!!  You don't have to buy the dinner, you can just come and see everything.  It is a great way to support QUEST!!!

 

Please BRING to class this week:

PENCILS!!!!

1. Your Science Fair Topic written down with some details.  NAME the VARIABLES.
2. A list of what you will need for your Science Fair Project.
3. A list of questions you want to ask Becky about your topic.

4. Bring your journal.  Don't forget to write in your journal.

5. YOUR PAPER AIRPLANE - I challenged everyone to come up with the best paper airplane design.  There is a CASH prize for the airplane that goes the farthest.  I attached an awesome link on how to build planes of different designs.  You can google different websites to help you find the best design too.  I attached 2 videos to help you.

 

6. Please read the following information with your parents.  You need to know this information for the Science Fair Projects. You will need to be writing your Research Plan soon.

7. Make a goal of doing the actual experiment before Christmas or right after so you will have plenty of time to make charts, graphs, and time to make a FANTASTIC looking BOARD!

8. Start learning what EXCEL is.  https://www.slideshare.net/Mizyaya07/excel-for-kids

9. Intro to Reasearch and Design - Over your Thanksgiving Break please watch these Excel tutorials.  Become familiar with entering data.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81BdxdPAoO4

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzwQ_BbD2G4

 

Please read with your parents!

SARSEF – Step by step – 

FROM - https://sarsef.org/schools/elementary/step-by-step/

Background Research

Background research is necessary so that you know how to design and understand your experiment.

  • Have you identified all the keywords in your science fair project question?
  • Have you generated a focused research question?
  • Have you thrown out irrelevant questions?
  • Will the answers to your research questions give you the information you need to design an experiment and predict the outcome?
  • Do you describe equipment or techniques you will need to perform an experiment?

Write a Research Plan

1. Identify the “key” words in the question for your science fair project. Brainstorm additional key concepts and words.

2. Use a table with “question words” (who, what, when, where, why and how) to generate research questions from your key words. For example:

What is the difference between a series and parallel circuit?

When does a plant grow the most — during the day or night?

Where is the focal point of a lens?

How does a Java applet work?

Does a truss make a bridge stronger?

Why are moths attracted to light?

Which cleaning products kill the most bacteria?

Throw out irrelevant questions.

3. Add to your background research plan a list of mathematical formulas or equations (if any) that you will need to describe the results of your experiment.

4. You should also plan to do background research on the history of similar experiments or inventions.

5. Network with other people who have more experience than you do: your mentors, parents and teachers. Ask them: “What science concepts should I study to better understand my science fair project?” and “What area of science covers my project?” Better yet, ask even more specific questions.

 

Your Research Question

A Research Question is what you are actually going to try to find out in one research project (versus general background research). After having thoroughly researched your question, you should have a narrowed your idea down so you can state what you want to know after completing it.

In past years, science projects focused on using Hypotheses, however we are moving away from this and using “Question” instead because real scientist rarely use this term anymore.

  • Your question should be something that you can actually test. That’s called a “testable question.” In other words, you need to be able to measure both “what you do” and “what will happen.”
  • The question must be worded so that it can be tested in your experiment. Do this by expressing the question using your independent variable (the variable you change during your experiment) and your dependent variable (the variable you observe and test in a scientific experiment.)

·        Is it OK to Not to Completely Answer Your Question?

·        Should you worry if you end up not coming up with a definite answer to your question?

·        The answer is “No, don’t worry if you cannot fully answer your question. That is what science is all about.”

·        Example of Research Questions (thanks to Science Buddies) (By the way these are NOT good project ideas so do not use them for your project they are  – just good examples of how to write a question)

  • “If I open the faucet [the faucet opening size is the independent variable], then will it increase the flow of water [the dependent variable]?”
  • “Will raising the temperature of a cup of water [temperature is the independent variable] increase the amount of sugar that dissolves [the amount of sugar is the dependent variable].”
  • “If a plant receives fertilizer [having fertilizer is the independent variable], then will it grow to be bigger than a plant that does not receive fertilizer [plant size is the dependent variable].”
  • “If I put fenders on a bicycle [having fenders is the independent variable], then will they keep the rider dry when riding through puddles [the dependent variable is how much water splashes on the rider]?”

Note: When you write your own question, you can leave out the parts in the above examples that are in brackets [ ].

Notice that in each of the examples, it will be easy to measure the independent variables. This is another important characteristic of a good question. If we can readily measure the variables in the question, then we say that the question is testable.

 

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November 28, 2017

WEEK 11 - November 28th  The kids can do this after class!  I just want it under November 28.

WEEK 11 - November 28th - EXCEL TRAINING and "Procedures" discussion.

 

Science Fair Safari Parents and kids in Intro to Research and Design,
 

Please come prepared for class.  All the students need their journals, a binder with paper and a pen, highlighter, and pencil.  If they have a laptop, it would be helpful to bring it.

Please bring the list of materials you hope to borrow from QUEST and materials Quest might be able to buy for your project.  It doesn' t hurt to ask for items.  We may already have them.
Becky wants detailed descriptions of what you need.

 

Please bring any notes or printouts of what you have accomplished so far towards your Science Fair Project.  Let me know what problems you have encountered, maybe we can iron them out.

 

Your timeline right now should be HURRY and get your actual experiment started.  Keep doing research, but try and do your practice experiment NOW.  I am hoping everyone can have preliminary results before Christmas.  

 

QUESTION - Who would like to come over during Christmas Break to my house and work on your projects?  I live near Ina and Thornydale.  I could reserve a day for my Science Fair kids so we can all get done on time.   Please reply with a good date.  I am thinking 12-29, 12-30, or 1-2.  You could drop off the kids or stay.  We can eat pizza and ice cream and work for several hours. 

 

I want everyone to have plenty of time for data analysis and ARTS and CRAFTS for your board presentation.



ALL kids please watch this video about Excel before and/or after class.  

The kids and/or parents should be able to make a chart for data collection in Excel.

 

Excel Tutorial

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81BdxdPAoO4

 

December 5, 2017

Happy Web Page Full of Opportunity

Intro to Research and Design

* Important class notes - 

  • Start learning Excel - Watch the linked Video or find others.
  • Start thinking about how to put your results in a GRAPH.
  • Think about how you want to collect data.
  • Think about how many tests you are going to run.

Homework to be completed before the next class: 

1) Please make a "Data Collection Chart" in EXCEL.  Print it and bring it to class.

You will use this chart to collect your data for your real experiment, so think about exactly what you need to record.  How many tests will you run.   

2) If you need an SRC form please fill it out and hand it in.  

https://sarsef.org/schools/middle-school/rule-check/

3) If you need a human consent form please print it out and bring it to class.  https://sarsef.org/schools/middle-school/rule-check/

 

4) Please run your experiment at least once before class.  This can be your practice experiment.

 

5) Schedule time to do your Science Fair Project before Christmas break is over.  I want you to have plenty of time to work on the graphs, writing, and board presentation before you go to Science Fair.  DON'T Procrastinate

 

Parent NOTES:  I have encouraged the students to think about their project and start working on it this semester.  In January there will be more homework for this class, but it will be based on their individual projects so they must have the experiments done by January.  They can't earn points for the class in January until they have their experiments done.  Each section on the board needs to be written after the experiment, except for BACKGROUND RESEARCH.  They can start writing that over the break.  If the experiment just doesn't work, MOVE ON and pick an easier experiment.  Easy experiments are rewarded at SARSEF if they follow all of the rules and have a nice board.

Reading: 

Review the SARSEF WEBSITE.  The judges will be following their rules.

https://sarsef.org/schools/elementary/step-by-step/

You Tube Video: (Required viewing)

  1. Mandatory viewing - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vExTir5nHQc

        2. Mandatory viewing - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7e5XU0HKFLA

 

December 12, 2017


Congratulations on making it through 13 weeks of Science Fair Class.  Now we will be starting to work faster and harder on your actual Boards and Experiments!

Please REVIEW what I posted in last week's post and make sure you have done everything so far and watched the videos.

All the students who don't have midterms in other classes please bring a handwritten or typed Introduction/background research PARAGRAPH.  You should have all of the information you need by now.  If you have midterms, then please e-mail your Introduction/Background paragraph as soon as you can, before January.

Introduction/Background Paragraph includes:
1.  Why do you want to do this project?
2.  What do the judges need to know about your project, help them understand your project.
3.  What have you learned about your project so far that made you decide to test your hypothesis and why you picked your specific tests.

Next Make a list of KEYwords you are going to be using.  Ph, volts, arsenic - define these words.  Type it and put it with you Background Paragraph.
Have you identified all the keywords in your science fair project question?

Have you generated a focused research question?  You really need to have a focused question that you are answering.

Will the answers to your research questions give you the information you need to design an experiment and predict the outcome?

Your ideal Introduction will include a lot of what is listed below.   This is from SARSEF.  We are following SARSEF rules.
The introduction describes what is already known about your research topic and the questions that are currently unanswered in the field. Your summation of these things should be based on the science papers you’ve been reading. 

The introduction should also describe how you will test your hypothesis and why this will be the best way. At the end of the introduction, briefly state what your specific question is, how you’re going to address it, and what your hypothesis is. In this case, your hypothesis is the experimental result(s) you expect to find based on your background research. Remember to cite your references as you write, and list them in your bibliography.

January 9, 2017

January 16, 2017

Week 1 of our Spring Semester went really well!  We had extra TA's helping in class so the students can make a lot of progress in each class.

 

This week, we will have extra TA's again and they will be concentrating one on one with each student.

They will be helping the students set up their reports on the computer or proofreading what the students have already done.  

BRING YOUR LAP TOPS if you have one be ready to show us your file that you have started.

BRING YOUR JOURNAL.  Keep recording everything in your journal.

BRING QUESTIONS now.

BRING YOUR PROJECTS to class to show us what you are doing if possible.

 

The students need to start a WORD file that has all of the following headings.   Then everything will be in one place.  Back up your file by e-mailing it to yourself.  Then if your computer crashes you can still get to your file. 

Each project board will have the following sections and this is what we will be working on in class until the students have completed their board and it looks AWESOME.  We will have extra meetings if they are needed to make sure everyone finishes in time.   The absolute deadline to have the boards completed and graded is February 15.  I will help you all as much as possible and bring in extra helpers. 

THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED ON YOUR BOARD - Start writing and typing now.

Project Title - You can think of this after you have some results.

Question  
Purpose

 Explain the purpose of your investigation here. Tell why it is an important question.     

The use of photographs is encouraged. Photographs used should NOT include direct face shots. Photos of students conducting their investigations and of materials or contraptions are appropriate. Photos of test subjects should be back, top, or side views only. Photos should be placed on the board in a logical manner and should include captions explaining their purpose. 

Background Research

Place a summary or bullets of information

Hypothesis

State your prediction based on your research here.

Variables

Identify the Independent, Dependent, and Constant variable here.

Materials

Place a detailed list of materials used during your investigation here.  Use bullets and specify amounts and/or types.  USE METRIC SYSTEM

Procedures

Place a detailed step by step list of the process you followed to construct, set up, and test during your investigation here.  Include diagrams/photographs, as appropriate.  Add flaps if more room is needed.

Data Tables and Graphs

Results/Discussion

Conclusion/Abstract

Future Research

Resources 

Use www.easybib.com (MLA) & acknowledge those who assisted by first name only.

 

January 23, 2017

 

What we covered in class in SPRING WEEK 2.
 

  • A guest speaker came in and talked about the board presentations and judging.  She gave many useful hints from a judge's point of view.  Her name was Mrs. Maghran.   Best Tip - Talk about your project so you will know your material and be able to answer questions easily.  ALSO - GIVE YOURSELF plenty of time to make your BOARD.  Make it eye catching!
  • We also had some helpers come in to help with writing tips.
  • Mrs. G. helped with Reports while some students worked on their projects, especially the Self Hypnosis project.
  • Mrs. Thai came in to assist Grace with her project.

THIS WEEK Homework:

  • Please e-mail your Report File to me so we can review them in class.
  • Keep working as quickly as you can on your projects.  You may have to set aside other activities to finish a high quality project.  All of you have great topics.  Now is the time to FOLLOW THROUGH!  You can do it!

This week in class:

  • We will have people coming in to help proofread and to discuss each section of your report.
  • We will be brainstorming titles.  Don't pick one until you finish your results.
  • Talk about board design ideas and look at previous boards.
  • Look at you board options.  I believe the Supplies Coordinator will be bring in boards that you can buy from QUEST.
  • I will be working with each person individually and so will Becky Thai.
 

January 30, 2017

You need to register for the QUEST Science Fair by Feb. 14th.  All the details are at http://www.ahsefbyquest.com/

2018 Science Fair is February 20th-21st at Sonoran Desert Museum. You must drop off your projects on February 20th at the Desert Museum.  Judges will interview you there.

All participants and their families will receive FREE admission to the Sonoran Desert Museum on Tuesday, February 20th.

 

Last Week, Week 3 of the QUEST Spring Classes:

The students practiced presenting their ideas and the WHY they are doing their topics.  It is really important to talk about your project to help organize your thoughts and prepare your board.

We went through the "Why" for everyone individually.

We also had guest speakers who talked to the class about Science Fair and their projects.

 

This Week, Spring Week 4:

  • I will be going over everyone's projects and helping them write concise Questions and Hypothesis Statements.
  • We will have another guest speaker come in.
  • The TA's will be helping enter data in EXCEL if you have data.
  • I will have handouts of what your board should look like.
  • YOU CAN BUY YOUR BOARD FROM ME THIS WEEK FOR $5.  We don't have toppers but we will get some.  I prefer the students use toppers.  Save some time to make CREATIVE, EYE CATCHING TOPPERS.  Be thinking of titles but don't pick one yet.

 

Homework for WEEK 4:

  • All of your data should be collected in CHARTS.  Charts are very important to graphing the results.  Please bring your charts to class so we can help you graph the data you have so far.
  • As you do your experiments write all of your findings in your journal.  You will be looking back at your journal to help you write your Discussion Section.
  • You need to be able to explain "WHY" you got the results you got. This is very important to the LEARNING PROCESS and it is important to the judges.  Always be journaling why you think something happened.
  • You need to be able to explain what went wrong, right and what surprised you.  Put these things in your journal as you go.
  • Be thinking of cool titles but don't pick one yet, just write down choices.  They should be something that relates to the project and catches the interest of people walking by.  DON'T USE a Question.  
 

February 6, 2018

 

Please Register by the 13th so you get the discount.  Visit the QUEST website to register!!

There are details about the Science Fair that you need to read.  WHERE and WHEN.

The Front Office has Science Fair boards for $5 and Toppers fodr $2.

You are coming down the home stretch with your projects! 

Please gather your data and start putting it into Excel so you can make some AWESOME graphs.  If you used a data chart you should be able to make a graph with your info easily.

I AM GOING to have 2 extra classes for Science Fair Classes.  I will be in Room 6 on Thursday from 4 to  6:15.  I can proofread, help you make sure all of the parts of the board are done correctly, work on toppers and placement.  

Please let me know if you want to come to these classes.  Parents should try to come too.  We can get the kids to concentrate on just their project and do the best possible job they can do.

If you need help with Excel, let me know.  I can ask someone to come in and help just with Excel.  I can help some with Excel but we should have an expert come in.

Becky Thai will be coming in for a short amount of time to answer questions and guide you to the best board possible.

I am going to bring a printer so we can print as we go. 

The 2nd Thursday I am hoping everyone will be ready to do their boards. 

 

Last Week

  • We talked about the "DISCUSSION" part of your board and worked on individual projects.
  • Becky Thai talked to some of you about specific questions on your projects.
  • Science Fair Safari had one of the judges come and talk to them about project interviews and project boards.  The students practiced talking about their projects with the judge.

This Week

  • We will talk about the ABSTRACT.  It is an important part of you project.
  • The abstract is a summary, plus any surprises you found while researching.  
  • It must be short and concise.  It is the part of the project that people will read the most.

Homework

  • Work as much and as quickly as you can on your project.  
  • TYPE EVERYTHING you have so far.  Try to have something under every section as soon as possible.  
  • Think about a title that will give a big hint about your project.
  • Think about WHY you got the results you got.  What would you change for next time.
  • E-mail what you have BEFORE class, so we can work on it during class.
 

February 13, 2018

Last week we made FUN super balls and change the variables to improve the bounce!

We also had a party to celebrate SCIENCE FAIR SUCCESS!
We critiqued each Science Fair Board and offered suggestions.
Becky Thai was able to talk to a few students about how to upgrade your board for SARSEF and/or State.

This week we will be doing another lab activity with FIRE!
Becky Thai will come to class as much as she can to give upgrade suggestions.

Bring your ideas of how you want to upgrade your poster.


Homework for the next few weeks:
Please work on different parts of your board to make it better.   You can do more tests, you can add to your discussion, you can organize your journal and binder.  Pick some things that you know will make your project better and more likely to win something cool at SARSEF.
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE EVERY PART OF THE PROJECT YOU NEED.  Go to the SARSEF website and review the rules and what they are looking for.  They are looking for ideas that are DIFFERENT so make sure they know they are your own GREAT ideas.  Make sure they see that in your journal and discussion.  
Maybe do more research to understand why you got the results that you had.

YOU CAN DO THIS - just take it one step at a time.  GO FOR a BLUE RIBBON or a SPECIAL AWARD.  Learn something new.

REGISTER at SARSEF soon!   DEADLINE is April 1st but do it sooner.
Set up Day is April 11th.

See more details at SARSEF.org
 https://sarsef.org/schools/important-dates/

The cost is $10.
There are several ways I can help you drive back and forth to the TCC fewer times if that is a problem.
6th grade and up are encouraged to be interviewed.  8th grade and up - interviews are mandatory.

I really would like to see all of the kids submit their boards to SARSEF.  They could all do really well there.
 

E-mail me with questions.

 

February 27, 2018

March 6, 2018

 

March 13, 2018

Last Week -  The students made FIRE SNAKES with sugar, baking soda, alcohol and sand.  They changed the independent variables and observed what happened to the dependent variables.

HOMEWORK - Make UPGRADE to your project board and bring it in so I can proof read it for you.  I don't need the whole board but bring in anything you want proofread.  The deadline for registration is approaching fast.  Please watch the videos about Yeast.

THIS WEEK - We will be studying YEAST and then doing a lab with YEAST.  We will also be making ELEPHANT TOOTHPASTE.  I will be proofreading what the students bring in.

 

March 20, 2018

LAST WEEK - We studied YEAST and did YEAST Experiments.   We also had a lab with ELEPHANT TOOTHPASTE.  Potassium Iodide and Hydrogen Peroxide was quite a Chemical Reaction to observe.  The HEAT was very surprising. 

HOMEWORK - Work on improving your Science Fair Project.  Fill out the registration form and hand it in this Monday to me and I will give it to ZOEY.

The name of the School is Quest.  The Principal is Becky Thai and the teacher can be me or your parent.  My name is Lisa Riley Giordano.  520-310-0981

Zoey will fill in the CATEGORY so don't worry about that section.  

FILL in as much as possible and bring it Monday.

Print the form  - 

https://sarsef.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Registration-for-SARSEF.pdf

PLEASE BRING YOUR $10 for registration for SARSEF.  The money will go to QUEST and they will pay for everyone at once.

THIS WEEK March 27th - We will be working on an engineering project.  EGG DROP.

We will not have a final in this class.  YOUR final is entering and going to SARSEF.  Take PHOTOS of other projects while you are there.

Start thinking of ideas for next year's project.

SCIENCE is FUN!  Pick a FUN TOPIC that you are interested in.  

March 27, 2018

April 3, 2018

 

April 10, 2018

SARSEF is this week.
 

I will be collecting everyone's boards and Fast Forms.

I will take the boards to the TCC for you.  If you want me to pick them up on the awards night make sure to let me know.
 

In class we will be practicing the interviews.  I have the recommended interview questions that the judges will be using.

They are all on the website
https://sarsef.org/judges/


High School Science Project
I. Research Question (10 pts.)
___ clear and focused purpose
___ identifies contribution to field of study
___ testable using scientific methods
II. Design and Methodology (15 pts.)
___ well-designed plan and data collection methods
___ variables and controls defined, appropriate and complete
III. Execution: Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation (20 pts.)
___ systematic data collection and analysis
___ reproducibility of results
___ appropriate application of mathematical and statistical methods
___ sufficient data collected to support interpretation and conclusions
IV. Creativity (20 pts.)
(A creative project demonstrates imagination and inventiveness. Such projects often offer different
perspectives that open up new possibilities or new alternatives. Judges should place emphasis on
research outcomes in evaluating creativity.)
___ project demonstrates significant creativity in one or more of the above criteria
V. Presentation (35 pts.)
(Presentation/Interview: The interview provides the opportunity to interact with the finalists and
evaluate their understanding of the project’s basic science, interpretation and limitations of the results
and conclusions.
• If the project was done at a research or industrial facility, the judge should determine the degree of
independence of the finalist in conducting the project, which is documented on Form 1C and Form
2.
• If the project was completed at home or in a school laboratory, the judge should determine if the
finalist received any mentoring or professional guidance.
• If the project is a multi-year effort, the interview should focus ONLY on the current year’s work.
Judges should review the project’s abstract and Form 7 (Intel ISEF Continuation Projects) to
clarify what progress was completed this year.
• Please note that both team and individual projects are judged together, and projects should be
judged only on the basis of their quality. However, all team members should demonstrate
significant contributions to and an understanding of the project.)
a. Poster (10 pts.)
___ logical organization of material
___ clarity of graphics and legends
___ supporting documentation displayed
b. Interview (25 pts.)
___ clear, concise, thoughtful responses to questions
___ understanding of basic science relevant to project
___ understanding interpretation and limitations of results and conclusions
___ degree of independence in conducting project
___ recognition of potential impact in science, society and/or economics
___ quality of ideas for further research
___ for team projects, contributions to and understanding of project by all

 

April 17, 2018

 Yellow Box - April 17th

There are 2 more weeks of classes at Quest!  April 17th and April 24th

I am planning on having a celebration next week with the class and we will continue studying architecture.

The last week we will meet and discuss the projects they want to do next year.  We will have a lab on the last day.

If you are not going to attend either of these please let me know so I can plan on fewer supplies.

I would like to have your boards on exhibit at the Festival of Arts at SADDLEBROOKE - Please bring them to class if possible.

 

April 24, 2018

May 1, 2018