Planning a STEM Fair Project
Its that time of year again…just like Christmas shopping, the earlier you start the less stress you have. The Planning Committee is working on specific dates and venues for our ASD-N Regional Fairs, once these get confirmed communication will be sent out. In the past, our events have taken place in March, we are working with the same parameters this year.
Below are some resources that have been available to teachers in ASD-N in the past along with some new ones. Take a look at them and takes bits and pieces of them or take an entire document, whatever makes the planning in your school/classroom environment easiest.
Presentation for teachers – Planning a Science Fair – PDF
Breaking the Planning Process Down…
The best way for students to get comfortable with the STEM Project process is to break it down into smaller more manageable tasks. Use this booklet of worksheets to guide the process, but feel empowered to make them your own, keeping the levels of your students in mind. This package does come translated in French and allows for different types of investigations with modifications to the science process skills based on the type of project.
Initiating and Planning
Middle Level Documents – Planning Our Experiment – Level 2 Middle Level PDF Planning Our Experiment – Level 2 Middle Level MS Word
Elementary Documents – Planning Our Experiment – Level 1 Elementary PDF Planning Our Experiment – Level 1 Elementary MS Word
These two documents highlight the planning phase for students. Providing scaffolds to identify a Big Idea, breaking the idea down into components (Variables) and identifying the parameters to which they will test. Then students write their question and create Prediction/Hypothesis.
Full Project Planning Documents with Rubrics and Teachers Notes
These documents can be used in conjunction with or independent from the previous planning documents. The purpose of these documents is to outline all the science process skills that students typically do with STEM experiments. Students documents (worksheet) and a teachers guide for the skills is provided as well
Primary (k-3) Science – k-3 STEM and Science Project Planning Guide PDF
Elementary Science – Grades 4 and 5 STEM and Science Project Planning Guide PDF
Middle Level Science – Middle Level Open Inquiry Science Project Planning Guide PDF
Traditional Science Fair Planning Documents (Middle Level) Bilingual
These documents have both a french and English version. They go through the logical planning process for students. They do a great job of showing the difference between an investigation, innovation and a case study.
Planning a Science Fair – Documents PDF
Planning a Science Fair – Documents MS Word