Salute to Scientists
Wednesday, January 23rd 2019
6:00 – 7:30 pm
LOCATION: throughout the school
November 5th, 2018
Dear Parents and Guardians,
The time has once again come for the Polaris Science Fair. We call our evening event “Salute to Scientists” and is scheduled this year for Wednesday, January 23rd from 6:00-7:30pm.
In response to parent and teacher input, we’ve made some changes to the science fair this year. Please read this letter carefully and know that we are available to answer any questions.
- A science fair project is required of ALL 4th and 5th grade students.
- Fifth grade students must complete a board that demonstrates all of the scientific method. That is, they must generate a scientific question; complete background research; create a hypothesis; conduct an experiment; display results with a table and/or graph; discuss the results; and draw a conclusion(s). The packet with this letter includes guidelines and support for all of these steps.
- Fourth grade students may complete EITHER a board that demonstrates all parts of the scientific method OR a science-based research board that explores a topic in-depth and displays the student’s learning in a meaningful way. Please note that only boards that involve the complete scientific process (outlines above) will be considered for the advancement to the district science fair.
As always, display boards are available for purchase ($5) in the Polaris office. They are color-coded as follows:
5th Grade — black
4th grade — blue
3rd grade — red
1st and 2nd — white
There are a limited number of white boards available for 1st and 2nd graders who are interested in doing an optional, independent science fair project.
On the night of the science fair, students are expected to stand by their science fair boards and share their scientific findings for a portion of the evening. A scheduled will be available at a later date. During other times, students should investigate their peers’ work. To help model this behavior for our children, we also encourage any parent visitor to talk with a variety of students about their science fair boards. We also hope to recruit community judges (academic scientist from Denver area universities) to talk with our young scientist and give them an opportunity to share all that they have with “real” scientist. In previous years, this aspect of our event had been a real highlight for both the community judges and the students.
In addition to the evening event, we ask for parent volunteers from each classroom to act as “science fair listeners”. You do not have to be a professional scientist for this part of student learning. However, you need to be willing to meet one-on-one with a few young Polaris scientist, listen to them and their projects, ask questions, and fill out a brief feedback form. A signup for this activity will go out from each room parent.
We have assembled packets to help you child in their experiment project (with a suggested timeline to keep students on track). This packet was distributed to students the week of November 5th as an attached email. It is only a guide. Students should be allowed to go a different direction, if they so desire. In addition to support with the experimental design, the packet includes “Science Fair Do’s and Don’ts” with the guidance on appropriate parent involvement. It also has a example layout of a science board. This display board does not have to look like it has been professionally done; it is OK to let children had write sections of the display board.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to any of us.
The Science Fair Committee
Kim Rebholtz (5th grade teacher) Kris Heilbron (4th grade teacher)
Talia Cheron (4th grade teacher) Annie Witwer (4th grade teacher)
Peggy Batchelor (parent volunteer)