Science Fair: Skills Development
Posted by Joanna on March 1, 2018
It is wonderful to see how the science fair has grown over the years! When I came to ASM, participation in the Science Fair was optional and limited to elementary students. Now the Science Fair is an integral component of our curriculum for elementary and middle school students, although still optional for first years.
Science fairs promote inquiry-based learning through the use of hands-on projects, which are natural to our Montessori environment. Students acquire sophisticated skills through conducting research and gain experience applying the scientific method. They learn to plan and manage their time over the course of several weeks. Students develop proficiency in being able to organize, analyze and synthesize a large volume of information. Through designing and conducting experiments, they learn to become comfortable making mistakes and understand that they are a part of the scientific process. Finally, communication skills are honed through writing lab reports, creating a visually appealing display board and orally presenting their findings to our community. Our older students will be judged on their projects by a panel of experts and perhaps move on to the State Regional Science Fair.
Please join me and our enthusiastic students at the Science Fair on March 8 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. When students explore the sciences through an area that interests them, a world of opportunity opens for them!