RULES and GUIDELINES


Yes, there are rules! Since this is being organized by adults, obviously there have to be some rules. Please be sure to read everything below carefully before starting your project.

SAFETY RULES


PROJECT GUIDELINES


VISUAL PRESENTATION GUIDELINES

The Groton Dunstable Regional School District is in the process of implementing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) throughout their curriculum. One of the three principles of the Universal Design for Learning states that, "Learners differ in the ways in which they navigate a learning environment and express what they know." * For these reasons, providing options for the expression of learning is necessary. As our school environment evolves to embrace the principles of UDL, so will our Science Showcase. This year we are offering participants the opportunity to express their learning in whatever way they choose so be creative and have fun!!

You must follow the project guidelines and safety rules.


ORAL EXPLANATION GUIDELINES


* More information about the Universal Design for Learning



PROJECT TYPES


There are two types of projects that can be performed for the Science Showcase.


INFORMATIVE PROJECT

The informative project is similar to a science report. It involves researching a scientific topic, collecting information about it, and describing what you have discovered or learned.

Your presentation should have the following parts:


EXPERIMENTAL PROJECT

With the experimental project you will utilize the Scientific Method to learn cause and effect. The experiment involves performing multiple tests, collecting data, presenting your results, and making a conclusion(s). The Scientific Method involves five steps:

  1. Ask - Ask a question that you would like to find an answer to by doing research and testing. Think of question words (why, how, who, what, when, where) to generate your research question.
  2. Research - Perform research on the scientific subject(s) involved with your question. Read books, magazines, websites, or talk to experts with knowledge in the subject.
  3. Predict - After researching the subject predict what will happen when you perform a test and conduct your experiment.
  4. Test - Perform a test to find the answer to your question. You will need to perform your test multiple times and collect data. Show the results of the data you collected in a visual form.
  5. Conclude - After reviewing your test results, what can you conclude? Did you predict correctly? Why or why not? Tell what your results mean and why they're important.

Your presentation should have the following parts: