Mary Silveira 2017-2018 Science Fair
Why must every 4th and 5th grade Silveira student have to create a science fair project?
Because at the end of the project, each student will each discover something amazing about themselves and the world around them through a real world hands on learning experience. They'll learn something from doing a project, plus it's usually a lot of fun. Real research is done for our Science Fair and sometimes resulting in important discoveries. Even if their project isn't earth-shattering, they'll almost certainly learn something they didn't know before they started.
Value of Science Fairs
We understand why some parents would be frustrated if they felt that this accurately described their children’s science fairs. That said, we would encourage parents and educators alike to embrace their science fairs more, not hate them. STEM, after all, is nothing less than the language of our new and still-rapidly changing digital economy. Jobs in these fields are growing three times faster than any other sector of our economy, and yet only 16 percent of American high school seniors, according to the U.S. Department of Education, are proficient in math and even interested in STEM. Science fairs and competitions are helping to close this skills gap.
Science fairs, when done right, focus students on solving problems, not just acing tests. And even as some question their relevancy, they continue to nurture the spirit of innovation that guides success in our global economy.
Students need to learn how science is conducted in the real world, according to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Created by a team of research experts and through state-led efforts, the NGSS provide a framework that describes how science should be taught in our schools; they treat science not only as a body of knowledge, but as an evidence-based process. With the NGSS as a framework, each state can adopt or adapt the standards for use in its schools.
Mary Silveira Unconventional Science Fair (Silveira event, Mandatory for all 4th and 5th grade students)
What: Every Silveira fourth and fifth grade student is required to complete a Science Fair project where they will conduct an experiment using the scientific method. Students will develop an original hypothesis, test it, and record and report the results. They cannot do a project based on an experiment that they have already tested. Students may choose to work on any topic in Physical Science, Life Science, Behavioral Science, Math and Computers, Environmental Sciences and Engineering. Students should pick projects that they are interested in learning more about and can stay excited about it through the course of the project. Students can choose to work individually or in teams of two. However, if students choose to work as a pair, both students must be in the same class. That is, two students may work together if they are both in Mrs. Madden’s class, but they would not be able to work together if one student was in Mr. Malaret’s class and the other student was in Ms. Ramirez’ class. Students will need to do a majority of the work at home, but teachers and support staff will be available to advise students. Teachers will be checking in with students to monitor their progress. All projects will be on display at our MES Science Fair Night on February 28, 2018. Students will need to be present on Science Fair Night to explain their experiment to visitors and to monitor the safe keeping of their display...For more information, see click below for the informational packet.
Date: February 28th
Place: Mary Silveira MPR
Timeline for both the Silveira Science Fair AND the County Fair
Marin County Elementary Science Fair (County Event, NOT Mandatory but super fun)
This is a seperate event that your child can particpate in if interested. It is encouraged as the experience is enriching!