Reflection: Relevance Where Do I Start? - Section 3: Explore


I like using a theme because it provides a little focus, so that choosing a topic does not become too overwhelming. It is also really interesting for our students, parents, and staff to see how many different projects can come from one simple idea. And obviously, starting with a fun theme can make the process of scientific investigation much more engaging.

During our first year, I used a "Mythbusters" theme, named after the popular TV show. Kids were familiar with the show and loved it! This year, I opted for a "Food Science" theme. This opened up so many possibilities for the students and proved again to be very exciting. There are many other themes are great ways to engage and interest students and provide focus, including The Science of Color, Brain Games (named after the popular TV show), or scientific areas of study, such as Space Science, Chemistry, etc.

  Selecting a Science Fair or Class Theme
  Relevance: Selecting a Science Fair or Class Theme
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Where Do I Start?

Unit 3: Science Fair
Lesson 1 of 7

Objective: SWBAT describe the process of choosing, planning, and implementing a science fair experiment.

Big Idea: Holding a science fair, whether for a district, a school, a grade level, or even a class, can be a daunting task. Once you do it, however, you soon realize that it is not as bad as you may think.

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