If you think that I rarely visit your blog anymore or that my blog was lagging in new post…make that my blog and my turtle’s blog…it was simply because I was so darn busy.
Being one of three science teachers in my school, one of them is currently pregnant so we can’t burden her with this hard work…so the two non-pregnant teachers have to organize this year’s science fair. I was fortunate to have a brilliant partner, she was both smart and considerate, we worked together so well. We knew our job well. She handles the administration such as the run down and the criteria for the winner while I handles most the art works such as making posters and videos. We backed up each other perfectly.
This year’s Science Fair was different to previous science fairs…at least that’s what they told me because I am still a new teacher here. The principle wanted to have a more meaningful science fair, not only students doing simple science and don’t know the theory behind their project.
So, we came up with the basic scientific method, all students must do their project based on the scientific method’s steps which are asking question followed by doing research and constructing hypothesis. From there they have to test their hypothesis by doing the experiment. They have to analyze the data and come up with the conclusion. many students said that this year is the first time they did a serious science project.
For small kids, such scientific method is a bit difficult…well TOO difficult, so we let them do the simple science according to their cognitive ability. We also provide different intelligence by allowing students to share their science through performances. The little ones (pre-K and Kindergarten students) were the cutest performances of all. They were sooo adorable. They sang about the life cycle of animals, the weather, liquid and gas and many things.
For the upper primary to secondary, things became a bit more serious because there’s something we created an award (which hopefully will become a yearly award) called Innovation Award. Judges had to decided which experiment had the best innovating idea.
We spent a lot of time and energy to host this year’s science fair… but I enjoyed the whole process 🙂 (even though the tiresome work led to me being sick and unable to go to work for a day)
My partner and I are so grateful to have other teachers, the office boys and of course the students to help us through the process. Thank you.
Here’s one of the performances from the little kids (I don’t share the booth because it’s just like any other Science fair booth)