2018 Central Coast STEM Expo
NEW††††††† Help students develop authentic science investigations to meet NGSS & boost performance at science fairs:
The Inquiry Board tool is used to help students select testable questions and gain a better understand of variables:
1. ALL STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE BOTH THE PAPER (STEP 3) AND ONLINE REGISTRATIONS (STEP 4).† THIS INCLUDES ALL MEMBERS OF A GROUP WORKING ON ONE PROJECT.
2. WE WILL ONLY ALLOW A MAXIMUM OF 30 PROJECTS TO REGISTER ONLINE FOR A JUDGING TIME SLOT.† EACH SLOT THAT FILLS TO 30 WILL CLOSE & BE UNAVAILABLE FOR ADDITIONAL PROJECTS.† HAVE STUDENTS REGISTER EARLY TO ASSURE MAXIMUM AVAILABILITY FOR JUDGING ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY.
Timeline & Important Dates
3. Review General Rules and Requirements (STEP 1) with students (we recommend this be accomplished before March 16).
4. If students work in teams have them choose partners ASAP then choose a project (STEP 2) (recommend to accomplish before March 16, 2018, if possible).
5. Print Introduction and Pre-Registration Pledge pages (STEP 3) and send home with students for signatures by or before March 16 (NOTE: Have students carefully choose a judging day and time that works with parents and all team memberís schedules). We recommend signed forms be returned to teacher by Friday, April 6, so you have a few weeks to check that partner judging times match, and can receive all forms from home.
6. To register students, it is best for a teacher to sign-up for the computer lab and have students register online during class after all signed pledge forms are returned (). Students will need information from forms to complete the registration; however, students can also register online at home with parents and team members. This needs to be completed accurately before April 20 deadline (We recommend quickly reviewing each studentís entry prior to allowing them to submit form).
7. Teachers should keep Pre-Registration Pledge forms so you can remind students of judging times.
8. Have students work on project a little each week, and they should keep a notebook log on weekly/daily progress.
9. Continue to monitor student project progress so they are completed before May 11, 2018.
10. Insure all students have judging date and time recorded in an easy to find location and parents are reminded of Expo and .
11. Remind students of Awards Ceremony Saturday evening, May 19, from 7 to 8 PM.
12. Notify Mr. Stevens (805-266-6664, e-mail:† email@example.com) before May 1, 2018 if a registered student will not be able to attend the judging.
Five Reasons to Participate in STEM Expo
1. Student science inquiry & engineering design/demo projects compete against others at or near same grade level for ribbons, plaques, prize money, $500 college scholarship.
2. Reinforces Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards (researching, writing, listening, presenting skill development, as well as science and engineering practices). Students present projects to three pairs of judges.
3. Develops 21st Century Partnership Learning and Innovative Skills (Creativity & Innovation, Critical Thinking & Problem Solving, Communication & Collaboration.
4. Judges score results can be used to help determine student project grades. Using judges scores help insure a more objective grading process because 6 people look at project. Judging score is based on a 100 possible points rubric (see score card ), and 6 judges complete the rubric for each project. Then scores are normalized.
5. No fuss or worries about Science Fair set-up, finding judges, and clean-up. Judging and Awards ceremony all taken care of by Air Force & engineer volunteers.