Hi Bradley Families,
The STEAM Fair, formerly Science Fair, will be mandatory for 5th Grade students and optional for Grades K-4th. Please see the instructions below and a copy of the packet with the instructions for January 9th and rubrics for a successful project here: STEAM Packet 2020
During the next few weeks your child will be designing a STEAM project that uses the scientific method to solve a problem. We hope you agree that the educational benefits are numerous, as students develop skills in writing, oral presentation, creative thinking, and problem solving. This project can be done as a family, with a partner, or alone!
The packet includes a list of ideas for possible projects as well as guidelines for completing a project. Your child’s project may be one of the following: scientific investigation, invention, art and design, or reverse engineering. Please go through this packet and help your child select a project that will be interesting to your child and will be appropriate in terms of difficulty and resources available.
We ask that you encourage your child and monitor his/her progress along the way. Your support is key to a successful project, guiding your child whenever and wherever you can, as your child wrestles with problems and tries to solve them.
Developing a STEAM investigation will provide students the opportunity to use knowledge and skills just as scientist and engineers do in the real world. This project is designed for students to communicate information correctly, write clearly, collect and interpret data, use evidence to justify their thinking, manage time, and ask “WHY” leading to the development of an experiment or designing of a solution/innovation.
While we recognize that students might need some assistance in developing their ideas and supervision as they do their experiments, 95% of the work is to be done by the students. The packet is provided to help students and parents understand the process students are to follow in preparation for the STEAM Fair. It is up to the student to decide what to study. You can help by motivating your child and listening to his or her ideas. However, it is critical that you remember it is up to your child to design and execute the entire project. Expect your child to spend time brainstorming, researching, planning, experimenting, analyzing data, writing a report, and constructing a display. Remember this project is a learning experience for your child!
Please let us know if your child needs additional support to complete this project. Look for a Sign Up Genius coming home soon for times where teachers will be available to help with this project at school. Please let me know if you have any questions at 720-424-9444 or Margaret_cypress@dpsk12.org .
Bradley International Staff