Students can share projects through a variety of structured experiences from presentations within their classroom, to school-level showcases, to regional or state competitions.
- Projects can be shared through display boards, posters, digitally-enhanced presentations, models, computer-based tools such as websites, portfolios, interactive conversations, and science and engineering notebooks.
- Projects can be done individually or in groups up to 3.
|Type of Structure||Explanation||Example|
Science Fair -Traditional
|Conduct an investigation using specific science practices and methods||Effect of different colored lights on the growth of bean plants|
|Engineering Fair - Traditional||Follow engineering design practices, such as defining the problem and optimizing the solution||Design a way to efficiently fold shirts using robotic components|
|Science Project Demonstrations||Learn about, show, and explain a demonstration at a fair or showcase||Demonstrate and explain Newton's 3 Laws of Motion with everyday life experiences|
|Science Service Learning||Learn about a local STEM-related issue in your community and develop and execute an action plan to help solve the problem.||In conjunction with World Water Monitoring Day, use a test kit to sample a local body of water and share the results locally and through national systems.|
|Citizen Science Project||Connect to a local or national science organization that is collecting or analyzing data, or working to solve specific problems.||As part of the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program, survey frog and toad populations in your area by identifying their calls.|
|STEM Career Investigation||Job shadow (or research) someone in a STEM career. Learn authentic STEM onsite.||Shadow a local veterinarian, mechanic, engineer, etc.|
|Tools of Technology||Research and demonstrate how a particular technology works.||Some ideas could be 3D printers, autonomous vehicles, drones, or lines at Disney Land.|
|Science Fair Interactive||Create an experiment that you guide younger students to DO and understand at the fair.||Teach density - have students predict and experiment to see which items float and which do not, helping them build up to reasons why.|
|Family Science/STEM Night||Students showcase projects, provide demonstrations, and/or conduct interactive science. Local science experts and organizations may also share activities and resources. Such an event could be combined with many of the above ideas.||Depening on goals, these events can take many forms. Some ideas can be found in this book from NSTA and this article from Vivify STEM|
For questions about this information, contact Kevin Anderson (608) 266-3319