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The Science Fair Needs You!
 
November 6th, 2013
Dear Parents & Students,

 

We need for our students to be great thinkers and a science project can help a person to explore his/her own curiosity in a hands-on, problem solving fashion! As Twenty First Century citizens, students will have to make some of the toughest decisions of any generation, based on their understanding of emerging science and technology. In addition, science, technology and engineering are basic skills expected by many employers.

Our school is holding a science fair on February 12th 
and all students in grades K through 5th have been invited to participate. Hands-on scientific investigation and how things work are the focus at our particular fair. Students who participate will have an opportunity to compete with other student-scientists and present their scientific achievement. The sky’s the limit!
 
Please note that the bulk of the work will be done at home. Students will be given project guidelines and timelines at school, and teachers will remind them of the time lines periodically. You can also find these at the Important Links below. However, the work will be self-directed. Parents are encouraged to offer emotional support, reminders, and some guidance, but to allow children to do the projects by themselves.
 
Project Choices:
1.      Conduct an experiment using the scientific method
2.      Build an engineering project
3.   Create a 3 dimensional model of something (either natural or mechanical)
4.   Create a diagram/poster to teach about a scientific concept.
Everyone must keep a daily journal of his or her on-going project.
 
Time-line: *Please email me if you would like to get email updates about our Science Fair.
 
Thank you very much in advance for your support!
Sincerely,
Mrs. Coker dcoker@tusd.net
 
Important Links:
 
START HERE J
Science Buddies website: 
 http://www.sciencebuddies.org/                                  
 
Do I need a research plan?

 

See Mrs. Coker in Room 3 for a Science Fair Packet

Orientation Meeting: Wednesday, Nov. 6th, from 3:00-3:30 in Room 3. 
 
Important Dates to Know:
· Friday, January 10th- Research Plans due (If your project includes: live people, potentially hazardous biological agents, chemicals, or dangerous equipment) *See page 7 of packet
· Wednesday, February 12th , 2013- Turn in Projects. Bring them to school in the morning and then carry them over to the cafeteria right after school.
· Open House in the Evening at SWP from 6:00-7:30 for Visitors
· Friday, February 14th Pick up projects from the cafeteria from 3:00-3:45
· The top 30 projects (chosen by our classroom teachers and judges) will be invited to the San Joaquin County Office of Education Science Fair! * See link below for more information. County Fair projects go to SJCOE on Feb. 28th, 2014.
 

Last year our SWP scientists were incredible! The Open House for the Science fair was fantastic! We had over 220 science projects on display.

 

Check out the news coverage from 2 years ago in the Tracy Press .

 
A web page put together by Mrs. Coker with guidance for finding a project and how to best put your project together.
 
 

For more information,
Please contact:
Mrs. Coker - dcoker@tusd.net