Annual Science Conference -- To be held Thurs., Feb. 2, 2015
Formetrly called the Science Fair, this year's conference will include the entire school. Participation continues to be voluntary.
Science, from the Latin word scientia meaning knowledge, is a systematic way of knowing, answering questions, and making predictions. It all begins with an observation: A mighty oak tree fell down in a storm, followed by a question: Why did that one fall and not the others around it? How we answer the question, step by step, making guesses and testing them to see if they make sense and coming to the best reason we can find at the moment is the domain of science.
Then there's technology: Using science to solve practical problems. It's exciting and takes us into fun areas of applied science, like: how airplanes stay up, how computers work so fast, how radio-controlled toys follow our instructions, and why some substances make us sick while others help us be well.
Specifics for the 2015 Science Conference may be found in the following two letters: an application for students and an explanation for parents:
Resources for Science Fair Projects
Students and parents may wish to peruse the following links for science fair ideas and projects:
- Kids -- Math and Science -- Experiments and Science Fair Projects
- List of science project questions from the Chicago Academy of Sciences
- PBS Kids list of links to science projects
Special Suggestions for Our Younger Scientists
Kindergartners and first graders may wish to write about their favorite animal or perhaps an unusual animal that interests them. In learning about their animal, students may wish draw several colorful pictures of the animal, and list on a poster:
- the animal's common and scientific names
- the animal's habitat (where it lives)
- the names of other animals and plants that live in your animal's community
- whether the animal is more active during the day (diurnal) or the night (nocturnal)
- the food that your animal eats
- predators that may eat your animal
- an interesting fact that most people do not know about the animal
- the reasons you chose to study this particular animal
Others may choose to describe something they've seen that anazed them, and themn offer an explanation. For example, some students are fascinated with compasses that point north; others my observe and explain what happens when a puddle freezes and then thaws again. Check the links above.