Walnut Acres STEM and Science Fair

Dear Walnut Acres Families,

 

Get ready for the 2020 STEM and Science Fair!  Walnut Acres students, grades K-5, are encouraged to think like young scientists and submit a project in any science-related or engineering field.  Projects can be as varied as their interests: sports, music, art, rocketry, animals, psychology, food, computers, the environment or whatever intrigues them. Through their projects, students discover the exciting world of science and learn the basics of scientific exploration.

 

PROJECTS ARE DIVIDED INTO TWO TYPES:

·       Science Experiment: This is an experimental type of Science Inquiry project. It uses elements of Science and Engineering Practices, to carry out an experiment and test an idea.

·       Engineering Design: The use of scientific principles and the demonstration of creativity and ingenuity to overcome a real-world problem or show a better way of doing something.

 

Parents, please note that all children in Grades 4 and 5 will be involved in group projects coordinated by their respective science teachers.  Students can also submit individual projects for the STEM and Science Fair for which they will have to fill in a separate entry form.

 

RESOURCES:

There are many sources of information for choosing and planning a project. Consider books in the Walnut Acres or science-related websites such as:

https://www.mdusd.org/elementaryscience

https://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/science-fair/steps-of-the-scientific-method

 

RECOGNITION PROCESS:

All students submitting a project will receive a participation ribbon.  1st-3rd place winners will be chosen from 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.  Honorable Mention awards may also be given in these grades.  First place winners from 3rd, 4th and 5th grades will represent our school at the Mount Diablo Unified School District Elementary STEM Showcase Fair.

 

Science Fair 2020 Schedule

Thursday, January 16th

Entry forms due!  Send your form to sciencefair@walnutacrespfc.net and/or drop it in the Science Fair box in the office

Wednesday, February 5th

Deliver and set-up projects in the MUR (11:30am -1:30pm & 6:30-7:30pm)

Thursday, February 6th

STEM and SCIENCE FAIR DAY

• Judges talk with each student and assess projects (8:00am -12:00 noon)

• FAMILY OPEN HOUSE (6:30-8:00pm)

Friday, February 7th

Classes view projects (8:00am-2:30 pm)

Projects must be taken home (2:30-5:30 pm)

Saturday, March 14th

Annual MDUSD Elementary STEM Fair (9:00-11:00am)

Questions?  Please visit  http://www.walnutacrespfc.net/activities/science-fair

or e-mail Faye Mettler mettlerf@mdusd.org

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