Simon Tech Science Fair: 11.1.Simon Tech Science Fair Introduction.pptx.pptx

 
 
 
11.1.Simon Tech Science Fair Introduction.pptx.pptx
Lesson Plan
 
 
This google slides presentation displays the different categories that students can select from to create their guiding question. Each of the different lab options comes with an investigation background reading and a series of guiding notes.
  • 11.1.Simon Tech Science Fair Introduction.pptx.pptx
  • 11.1.Simon Tech Science Fair Introduction.pptx.pptx
  • 11.1.Simon Tech Science Fair Introduction.pptx.pptx
  • 11.1.Simon Tech Science Fair Introduction.pptx.pptx
  • 11.1.Simon Tech Science Fair Introduction.pptx.pptx
  • 11.1.Simon Tech Science Fair Introduction.pptx.pptx
  • 11.1.Simon Tech Science Fair Introduction.pptx.pptx
  • 11.1.Simon Tech Science Fair Introduction.pptx.pptx
  • 11.1.Simon Tech Science Fair Introduction.pptx.pptx
  • 11.1.Simon Tech Science Fair Introduction.pptx.pptx
  • 11.1.Simon Tech Science Fair Introduction.pptx.pptx
  • 11.1.Simon Tech Science Fair Introduction.pptx.pptx
  • 11.1.Simon Tech Science Fair Introduction.pptx.pptx
  • 11.1.Simon Tech Science Fair Introduction.pptx.pptx
  • 11.1.Simon Tech Science Fair Introduction.pptx.pptx
  • 11.1.Simon Tech Science Fair Introduction.pptx.pptx
  • 11.1.Simon Tech Science Fair Introduction.pptx.pptx
  • 11.1.Simon Tech Science Fair Introduction.pptx.pptx
  • 11.1.Simon Tech Science Fair Introduction.pptx.pptx
  • 11.1.Simon Tech Science Fair Introduction.pptx.pptx
  • 11.1.Simon Tech Science Fair Introduction.pptx.pptx
  • 11.1.Simon Tech Science Fair Introduction.pptx.pptx
  • 11.1.Simon Tech Science Fair Introduction.pptx.pptx
Lesson Plan
 
 
This google slides presentation displays the different categories that students can select from to create their guiding question. Each of the different lab options comes with an investigation background reading and a series of guiding notes.
 
Assessment & Data

Simon Tech Science Fair

The freedom to design, implement, and showcase science labs can be a daunting task for high school sophomores. We end each year in my class with a month of self-paced group projects aimed at constructing an experiment that will test hypothesis around a subject of students' choice. Anything from crime scene investigation, to the chemistry of ice cream preparation, to the reactions involved in instant hand warmers is fair game during this unit. Students collect data that answers their hypothesis and create a website to display their findings. Having a publicly visible product makes sharing the results of student findings easy, and helps them contribute to the scientific community at large. At the same time, it helps hold them accountable to a higher quality of work, knowing anyone, anywhere, can see the incredible things they've created.


Strategy Resources (4)
Student Handout
 
 
This is the introductory document used to present students with the Simon Tech Science Fair concept.
Student Handout
 
 
To address and reinforce crucial lab safety protocol, I revisit the Lab Safety Contract students were introduced to at the beginning of the year.
Rubric
 
 
This is the science fair rubric that students made last year based on the lab report issues that emerged across all submitted work. When students make the rubric themselves, they are much more inclined to follow along with it!
Lesson Plan
 
 
This google slides presentation displays the different categories that students can select from to create their guiding question. Each of the different lab options comes with an investigation background reading and a series of guiding notes.
Student Handout
 
 
This is the introductory document used to present students with the Simon Tech Science Fair concept.
Rubric
 
 
This is the science fair rubric that students made last year based on the lab report issues that emerged across all submitted work. When students make the rubric themselves, they are much more inclined to follow along with it!
Lesson Plan
 
 
This google slides presentation displays the different categories that students can select from to create their guiding question. Each of the different lab options comes with an investigation background reading and a series of guiding notes.
Student Handout
 
 
To address and reinforce crucial lab safety protocol, I revisit the Lab Safety Contract students were introduced to at the beginning of the year.
Jeff Astor
Cindy and Bill Simon Technology Academy High School
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
Science
Grade:
Eleventh grade
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Real-Time Data

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