SCIENCE  FAIR 2020 

  IMPORTANT DATES
 
 
FAMILY STEM NIGHT
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
5:30pm - 7:00pm
 
REGISTRATION PERIOD  
February 12th -  March 25th 
 
 SCIENCE PROJECT GALLERY NIGHT
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Puesta del Sol Gym, Library, and Classrooms

 

 
•  REGISTER FOR THE SCIENCE FAIR  
•  ORDER A TRI-FOLD POSTERBOARD 
•  VOLUNTEER

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The Puesta del Sol Science Fair is a celebration of science, providing families and students an enriching opportunity to observe, explore, test, and discover ideas together. The goal is to encourage curiosity and instill a love of science in students. In 2020, we have two opportunities for families to engage with science. First, a Family STEM night in February will allow for families to participate in guided, hands-on activities together. The Science Project Gallery in March provides students an opportunity to ask their own questions outside the classroom and share their discoveries with the rest of the Puesta del Sol community. In both cases, families are encouraged to work together! No one will be graded or judged, so focus on making it fun for everyone. 

Family STEM night will provide families a four hands-on activities led by Puesta del Sol teachers:

  • BeeBots
  • Ready.Set.Launch
  • Lego WeDo
  • Pipe Cleaner Challenge
We’ll also provide information on the Science Project Gallery event. There will be ideas for science projects and a limited number of supplies for one of those projects available to take home (first come, first serve). Students and families who choose to do their own science project will present their projects and what they learned on March 25th during the Science ProjectGallery Night. Students will be grouped by grade, and parent volunteers will ensure that every student has the opportunity to discuss their work and answer questions. To participate inthe Project Gallery, students:
  • Select a topic of interest
  • Conduct an experiment:
    • Lower grades - make observations, compare and contrast, take measurements
    • Higher grades - identify a testable question, design an experiment, manipulate a variable, measure differences between groups
  • Create a presentation summarizing the project that explains your Question (Title), what you predict will happen (Hypothesis), what you did (Methods), what you observed (Results), and what you learned (Conclusion).
    • Feel free to use pictures instead of writing lots of text
    • Text can be in English or Spanish
    • Demonstrations without spillable liquids or live animals are encouraged!
  • Set up the presentation/demo and answer questions about your project at the Project Gallery Night.
All members of the Puesta del Sol community are encouraged to come to Science Project Gallery Night whether presenting a project or not. You will be able to engage with our student scientists, ask them questions about their science projects, and learn something new! In addition, there will be plenty of fun activities, food and bake sale goods for purchase, and games with prizes.

To learn more, please attend Family STEM Night on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 5:30pm in the Puesta del Sol gym. See flyer.



Important Notes and Frequently Asked Questions

When should I get started?
Start planning now! Pick a topic and develop a testable research question. See "Steps for a Successful Science Project", Science Buddies topic selection wizard, and other links below.

Should the poster be in English or Spanish?
The choice is up to you, though there will be special awards for projects in Spanish

Can students work in groups?
Yes, though we encourage students to work on individual projects. Groups will be grouped at the highest grade level of the participants.

When and where do students set up their poster displays?
All participants will receive their ROOM ASSIGNMENTS a few days prior to the event in an automated email to the participant’s parents. This is where your child must check-in and set up their project board. Please contact the Science Fair team if you have not received this important information within 24 hrs of the event.

Can students bring demonstrations or giveaways?
Safe demonstrations and displays that don't involve spillable liquids or live animals are welcome. No food or candy, please.

Besides volunteering, how else can I contribute to the Science Fair?

  • Donate science-themed items as Scavenger Hunt raffle prizes.  Contact the Science Fair team if you can donate items for the Scavenger Hunt.
  • Contribute to the bake sale – by bringing pre-packaged items or buying food! We will have pizza, water, and bake sale items available.  If you can donate, drop off individually wrapped NUT FREE items at the Bake Sale Table on the day of the event.
  • Please NO NUTS, peanut butter, or nut butter in the baked goods.
  • Packaged snacks are a great donation idea for those who are allergy aware.
  • Savory snacks are great in addition to sweets.
  • Items need to be individually wrapped (baggies are fine) and will be sold for $1

Where can I park?

If the lots in the school are full and you park in the neighborhood, the Bellevue Police Department has asked us to remind you not to park along both sides of 133rd Ave. SE between SE 41st St. and the entrance to campus. Cars parked on the side of the street encroach too far onto the street and force cars to drive in the other lane. It is okay to park on both sides of 133rd Ave. SE south of SE 41st St. because the street is wider. A good rule of thumb, however, is that if a car must cross the centerline to get around your vehicle, it is best to park elsewhere. Of course, please also abide by any other street signs related to parking around the neighborhood, and remember not to block any of our neighborhood driveways.

More questions? Contact the Science Fair team at sciencefair@puestadelsolpta.org

Resources

Sra. Brody has many science books available in the library right now! You can access SIRS discoverer, an online science database for young researchers, from the library computers or at home  http://ars.sirs.com/discoverer.html .  For login and password contact the Science Fair team at sciencefair@puestadelsolpta.org

Some other great resources are below.

Science Project Ideas
Creating a Science Poster Display
Spanish Resources
External Science Fair Project Resources

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