Science Winter Project

posted Nov 10, 2017, 2:35 PM by Russell Avina   [ updated Nov 10, 2017, 2:37 PM ]
Students will select one of the following projects to complete by Tuesday, January 9th and on
display or performed at a PAA Science Night on Thursday, January 11th. Students need not
attend the PAA Science night unless their project includes a performance, or their project is an
informative or interactive lab for the public.

Option 1 : Science Fair
Students will design and carry out a scientific investigation, using a testable question, a
hypothesis, and detailed procedure, data, and analysis of the data and then communicate the
results through the creation of a tri-fold board as entrance into PAA science fair. The top
projects will be encouraged to advance to District Fair in mid February.

Option 2: Science Model, Demonstration, or game
Students will design a model, game, or exhibit to demonstrate a process in science. This will be
displayed during the PAA science fair. This could be a model with descriptions and details of
the science that the model portrays. Examples: wind turbines, agricultural wells, lava lamps,
solar system, rock cycle presentation, water cycle etc. This must include the science principles
that are involved with your project. it could be a board game or an interactive computer game
that uses the vocabulary and concepts of a science theme.

Option 3: Recycling Project
Students will design clothing, an instrument, or a means of transportation out of recycled
materials. The top designs will be encouraged to enter the city-wide competition at the Earth
Day celebration in April. These will be judged partially on ability to be used and the degree of
the recycled materials used.

Option 4: Artistic Expression
Students will create and perform a dance, song, play, storybook, or puppet show that expresses
a theme or topic in science. Examples: Students may choreograph dance to recreate the
movement of blood throughout the body, or the stories of the constellations. They may create
an art piece, write a song, body of music that captures an understanding of human body, the
eclipsing of the sun or moon, dynamics of weather, convection currents in plate tectonics.

Option 5: Teacher for an evening
Students will be in charge of teaching an activity or leading a lab investigation on a science
topic during the science night. This could be something such as teaching exothermic reactions
by making elephant toothpaste or teaching about DNA while extracting the molecule from an
onion or strawberry. Teach a lesson on Newton’s 3 Laws of motion by showing examples or
leading an investigation with small groups of children or parents.

Option 6: Make a suggestion!

Grading for each option will be on a 100 point scale. Grade will be recorded on 3rd quarter
Students will be graded by project, thus one should choose their groups wisely.
Students may work alone or in teams of up to 3 within the same grade level.
Each grade level must prepare for a project worthy of their grade level. (baking soda and
vinegar volcanoes though cool are not advanced enough for middle school unless you are
providing detailed information on volcanoes or teaching about the chemical reaction of baking
soda and vinegar!). Topics must be cleared through their teacher by turning in a proposal form
and then planning form.
This project will need to done at home, after school, or during Saturday school. Arrangements
can be made with your teacher to work during lunch or after school.
Projects must be turned in to be able to be put on display by Tuesday, January 9th.