Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation Concluding Crayfish Experiments - Section 2: Displaying Experiments


I was on our school's science fair committee.  I helped to create very detailed rubrics for each grade band, and spent a day with the other judges evaluating student projects, which were required from grades 3-6.  It got to be rather stressful, and eventually, the committee all agreed we'd take a year off.  

A few years later, we looked at the event again, and how it met the needs of our students and families.  We decided we needed to change to focus.  We did away with evaluations altogether, and rechristened it Family Science Night.  Feedback from parents indicated that were grateful for no longer having to worry about helping too much, or not enough, and actually appreciated being invited to participate.

In the last few years, we expanded this night to be a very broad Family STEM Night.  We have hands on activities, and hire vendors to come out and perform.  I stifle part of me that scoffed at the vinegar and baking soda volcanoes, and I'm now just happy to see families come out and have fun.

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  Intrinsic Motivation: The Science Fair
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Concluding Crayfish Experiments

Unit 8: Animal Structures
Lesson 10 of 10

Objective: SWBAT analyze data to reach a conclusion and display their experiment results.

Big Idea: How can you collect data to reach a valid conclusion?

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Science, life science, senses, structures and functions, Crayfish
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crayfish sound display
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