Vashon STEM Festival
(Science-Technology-Engineering-Math)
Individual Project Description

*****Experiment Rubric*****(grading pdf)
*****Engineering Rubric*****(grading pdf)
*****Research Rubric
(x2=full credit)*****
(grading pdf)
(15 hours {3 weeks} class time lab support)
(Remainder on own time @ home or in lab @7am)
(
Mo27Jan2014 - Fr14Feb2014)
(
Festival=Sa26Apr2014@10am-3pm)
(project pickup 3-4pm Sa26Apr2014 or by 3:05pm Mo28Apr12014.)
Links & Resources

NSTA LISTSERV
BBC "The Naked Scientists" Kitchen & Garage Science Projects
ScienceBuddies.org = ideas, procedures, protocols (project guide)
Bizzare Labs Kitchen Science

(use for ideas / inspiration)
scirus search / google scholar search

Udacity Programming Tutorial - assumes zero starting ability
CIESE - old NASA IITA (Mr.J.:P) Web-Based Collaborative Projects - OnGoing
Recognizing PseudoScience

bubble.us brainstorming

GOOGLE Science Fair Project WebSite Invitation

 Internet Public Library SciFair Resources

Newfoundland, Canada SciFair Resources

 Univ. Michigan SciFair Resources

 ScienceFair.Org SciFair Resources

 About.com SciFair Guide

 Insight Visual Products, Inc. SciFair Resources

 Kitchen Science Project Ideas

 Discovery Channel SciFair Resources

 National Student Research Center (sorry - you have to look over each journal for ideas)

 The Science Club

&

scitoys.com

 The Internet Public Library Science Fair Project Stepwise Resource Guide

 UW's Successful Science Fair Projects Components

 Bunsen Bob's Science Hunt Process, Method, & Resources

 INTEL Washington State Science & Engineering Fair

 ScienzFair Project Ideas

 Science Fair Project on the Web: Create Winning Science Fair Projects!

{previous examples}


First Step of Several: Building Potential Topics

(BRAINSTORMING = GENERATION, NOT EVALUATION!)

3 Topic Generation (primary interest, backup, second backup)

1) List ALL topics of PERSONAL interest, regardless of "subject" or "type" & shareout on WhiteBoards - record modified list in journal from shareout.

3) Must deal with "thick", or complex meaning, through development of "thinner" questions - see "How to create a testable questions about something they know littel or nothing about" on the intro web page . . .

2) Pick top 3, and apply scientific question or engineering proposal:

2a) Scientific Question MUST be:

- based on previous scientific findings (research) , and

- contribute meaningfully to scientific knowledge (deep question, as approved by Mr.J.)

- "What's Your Question?" Seeking an answer to some unknown bit of nature.

2b) Engineering Proposal MUST:

- involve a build using your own, not kit, materials

- be approved by Mr. J. for safety, appropriate work for 8th grade.

- asks "What's Your Problem?" Deals with constraints on materials, costs, time, and other limited resources, and seeks to meet criteria for success / performance.

3) Make a timeline of planned acrtivities to get you to completetion by the Friday before President's Day Break:>!



All work goes in the classroom STEMfest Journal (separate from your Lab Journal for Earth Science)

A STEMfest Journal consists of any bound paper booklet written in indellible ink (theme book, spiral notebook, or just notebook filler paper stapled together) with clearly identified page numbers, & each day's entry beginning on a new page. It contains a description of each day's activities, observations, insights, questions, feelings, & error analyses. Any hard copies or web printouts get attached & described on the STEMfest Journal page of the day it was acquired.

It also compares the progress of the investigation against the predicted timeline sequence,& is the place for developing & elaborating ideas regarding followup activities or corrective directions the investigation might profit from. Remember, you need Mr. Justin's permission to change topics or investigative directions. Write out your proposed changes on a page in your journal, and talk it over with Mr. Justin - you need his signature on your written proposal before you can change investigations.

There are 4 classwork points for each lab day of productive effort observed & recorded in class by Mr.J., and 4 journal points for the quality of each journal entry. Four means perfect - 100% on task, no down time, no reminders to get on task needed.

The STEMfest Journal is your primary source of the evidence of your work. You NEVER erase or delete an entry of any kind. Only single strike-throughs are allowed. The STEMfest Journal is attached to the bottom front of the final poster (suggest duct tape along the back spine of your journal attached to the bottom back center panel of your poster) to be easily browsed by anyone wanting greater detail on anything summarized in your display.

Make sure you have all bibliography information you need to cite your sources recorded in your journal - EXACT web addresses (URLs) for used / cited information, with descriptions of what you used on that particular page. Books require ISBN number, Title, Author, and page number cited (no formal bibliography notation beyond including these details).

Your final tri-fold presentation poster (available in the office or from Essentials-4) is written entirely from your journal. Keep careful track of it - losing it means starting over.


DEVELOP 3 INVESTIGATIVE PROPOSALS (due Fr31Jan2014)
(1 to run with, & 2 fallback ideas in reserve (Murphy/Gremlins)
(experimental method outline) (experimental method pdf & GES links)

 

Take your top 3 potential topics from your favorite generated from the whiteboard shareout sessions above, copy the Investigative Proposal Components (IPCs) listed below (in red), & elaborate your explainations along the lines indicated below:

Experiment Proposal = MUST cite a scholarly research study and relate results back to it when your investigation has run it's course.

1)Purpose/Question: State clearly what you want to investigate in this topic, and specifically why you think it will be of use & interest to others. MUST be based on modification or follow-on proposal of previous cited experiment.

2)Prediction/Hypothesis:What precisely do you think will be the outcome of your investigation, & why.

3)Materials Required:List EVERYTHING you will need to have in hand, BY WHAT DATES, to successfully complete your proposed investigation. Include people, research materials, experimental constructions / mechanisms needing to be created, work / storage space requirements . . . information, things, time, & space needs.

4)Proposed Proceedure:

5)Intended Outcomes:State what type data you hope to collect, & how you hope to apply it towards assessing your hypothesis.


Engineering Proposal = need not be scholarly research based, but it must be a product or technology precident, with your improvement / repourpose related back to the original technology or product. (think product change / improvement, & try again for even better:>)(2 iterations minimum)

1)Purpose/Question: State clearly what you want to investigate in this topic, and specifically why you think it will be of use & interest to others. MUST be based on modification or follow-on proposal of previous cited technology.

2)Prediction/Hypothesis:What precisely do you think will be the outcome of your investigation, & why.

3)Materials Required:List EVERYTHING you will need to have in hand, BY WHAT DATES, to successfully complete your proposed investigation. Include people, research materials, experimental constructions / mechanisms needing to be created, work / storage space requirements . . . information, things, time, & space needs.

4)Proposed Proceedure:

5)Intended Outcomes:State what type data you hope to collect, & how you hope to apply it towards assessing your hypothesis.


Research Poster (Science or Engineering Topic)

1)Purpose/Question: State clearly what you want to investigate in this topic, and specifically why you think it will be of use & interest to others. MUST be based on existing work you can cite in detail.

2)Prediction/Hypothesis:What precisely do you think will be the outcome of your investigation, & why.

3)Materials Required:List EVERYTHING you will need to have in hand, BY WHAT DATES, to successfully complete your proposed investigation. Include people & research materials . . . information, things, time, & space needs.

4)Proposed Proceedure:

5)Intended Outcomes:State what type data you hope to collect, & how you hope to apply it towards assessing your hypothesis.


 

Now the work begins:>!

(~10 class hours after topic selection)
(Perfect Scores ~ expect to spend an additional 2-4hrs. outside of class time)
(expect ALL work done in class, unless agreed to by Mr. Justin in advance)

A = Scientific Experiment OR Engineering Project + Presentation Poster all specifications AOK to Mr.J., OR "Book Report" poster (Mr.J. approval of book) (homework), or 2 Research Posters as detailed below.

B = One Presentation Poster of Research on Scientific or Engineering Topic to all specifications, OR low quality Experiment / Engineering Project work.

C = Nothing but classwork to specifications

D = ClassWork below expectations

F = Refusal to complete 10 productive classwork hours requirement



FINAL PRESENTATION DISPLAY

PROJECT PRESENTATION EVALUATION (TEST POINTS) Fr30Mar12


Presentations are to be designed to be free standing on a table, and offer all information & explanation for the entire project (100*test*pts.). The PTSA sells good display tri-fold boards for a couple of bucks, which I suggest you acquire from the office. You can also cover scrap cardboard scrounged from home or recycle out back with butcher paper available in class for free for no grade deductions - wood displays gain no extra credit either. . .
Only legible, clearly presented material will be considered - neatness & spelling COUNT!!
FULL NAMES W/CLASS PERIODS FOR EACH GROUP MEMBER MUST BE PROMINENTLY DISPLAYED - SAME SIZE AS THE TOPIC!!. These two parts of the display MUST be the BIGGEST LETTERING on the poster - no hiding!(or no credit)
Presentations are due with all materials, documentation, & lab journal attached by 3:15PM PST in Mr. J.'s hands Tu22Apr2014. Check it in w/ Mr.J. IN PERSON to assure full credit.


30 max Project XC's available:
1) 5pts. for setup 2:45 - 3:30PM Tr24Apr2014 (based on effort),
2) 15pts. (3pts./hr., 1=present, 2=moderately helpful effort, 3 = great help:>!) participation explaining your project Sa26Apr2014 from 10-3PM, &
3) 10pts. for cleanup Sat26Apr2014 from 3-5PM (based on effort, as described above)
.

Partials @ my discretion. Check IN & OUT with me to get any of these extra credits. Find me, & let me know where I can find you if you want these credits!!

10% early (MAX), for posters still applies - plus journal work requirements are given at full credit for all days the poster is complete & handed in early.
No late penalties, but no credit (90% of grade) until project is handed in completed to all criteria.


Presentations will be graded as follows: REMEMBER -YOUR NAME(S) MUST BE THE LARGEST TYPE ON THE DISPLAY!!! (pride through prominence:>)

Assessment Rubrics = Experiment / Engineering / Research

Use the SAME COMPONENTS IN THE PROPOSAL CONSTRUCTIONS ABOVE, AND ADD THE FOLLOWING:

 

5)Results (Data): Display your collected data clearly & explain the methods used to collect it, & present it on the poster. INFORMATION / FACT ONLY - NO OPINIONS!

6)Conclusions: Analyse your results - describe their meaning. Back up your ideas with specific reference to your Results Section ("as shown in graph B . . . ") RELATE YOUR OPINIONS BACK TO YOUR DATA< AND THE ORIGINAL CITED STUDIES ? ENGINEERING PRODUCTS.

7)Documentation: These are the notes that I'm looking for in your journal - I'll grade them when you put them with your display when we set up the SciFest - keep your journal until then:>!

BE IT CLEARLY UNDERSTOOD that a grade of 10 in ANY of the above categories implies in MY judgment that NO IMPROVEMENT WAS POSSIBLE!!!
Here's how Mr.J. will award the test points for each category on the poster:


EXPOSITION =3PTS.
Tabulations
Graphics
Illustrations
Explanations
Summaries
DOCUMENTATION = 3PTS.
Lab Journal
Informational Resources / Bibliography (PAGE/URL DETAILS)
Accounting of Human Resources Utilized
Accounting of Physical Resources Utilized
APPEARANCE = 3PTS.
Overall Accessibility of Material in Presentation
Esthetics & Design of Presentation
Finish & Workpersonship Evidenced

GOOD LUCK!! HAVE FUN!! INVESTIGATE YOUR INTERESTS!!

 

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old, formerly required PTSA forms . . . in case of a nostalgia attack . . .

pg1 - pg2 - pg3 - pg4

 

more resources =

Bright Idea Award
Green Award
Jaw Dropping Award
Newton Award
Out Of The Box Award
Spectacular Presentation
The Mad Evil Scientist Award
Thought Provoking Award
WOW Award
Zap Award

Pitch SSEP STS135 Atlantis
(about SSEP)
(about final SSEP)
(STS135 participation details)
(design competetion basics)

(STS134 flown proposals)
(local SSEP orgs. STS134)
(step 2 review panel {STS134})
(STS 134 EPO VidStream)

Pitch ISEF
(2011 nationals in LA)

Pitch TARC (about)

A Private Universe vid

(more lesson ideas)

Minds of Our Own vid

FIRST Robot Challenge (DVD)

Gorilla = UIUC VisCog (2)

Sine Wave Speech Perception (2) (3) (4) (5)

EzraEnde

g7 microbe petri dishes & board