2017 Central Coast STEM Expo



Teacherís Page

NEW††††††† Help students develop authentic science investigations to meet NGSS & boost performance at science fairs:

The Inquiry Board tool is used to help students select testable questions and gain a better understand of variables:

         See Video on how Inquiry Boards work (click here) by SCWIBLES.ucsc.edu

         Worksheets to make an Inquiry Board (click here) by SCWIBLES.ucsc.edu

          Sorting Activity (see pages 43-45, click here) from Authentic Science Investigation in the Classroom, SCIENCE SCOPE, NSTA, Dec. 2015, pp 42-48 (see this and other resources here).

         Worksheets for Sorting Activity (click here) by SCWIBLES.ucsc.edu





Timeline & Important Dates

1.   Review General Rules and Requirements (STEP 1) with students (we recommend this be accomplished before March 17).


2.   If students work in teams have them choose partners ASAP then choose a project (STEP 2) (recommend to accomplish before March 17, 2017, if possible).


3.   Print Introduction and Pre-Registration Pledge pages (STEP 3) and send home with students for signatures by or before March 17 (NOTE: Have students carefully choose a judging day and time that works with parents and all team memberís schedules). We recommend signed forms be returned to teacher by Friday, April 7, so you have a few weeks to check that partner judging times match, and can receive all forms from home.


4.   To register students, it is best for a teacher to sign-up for the computer lab and have students register online during class after all signed pledge forms are returned (STEP 4 Ė 2017 Registration is closed). Students will need information from forms to complete the registration; however, students can also register online at home with parents and team members. This needs to be completed accurately before April 21 deadline (We recommend quickly reviewing each studentís entry prior to allowing them to submit form).


5.   Teachers should keep Pre-Registration Pledge forms so you can remind students of judging times.


6.   Have students work on project a little each week, and they should keep a notebook log on weekly/daily progress.


7.   Continue to monitor student project progress so they are completed before May 12, 2017.


8.   Insure all students have judging date and time recorded in an easy to find location and parents are reminded of fair and Agenda.


9.   Remind students of Awards Ceremony Saturday evening, May 20, from 7 to 8 PM.


10.                Notify Mr. Stevens (805-266-6664, e-mail:tkstevens@verizon.net) before May 1, 2017 if a registered student will not be able to attend the judging.



Five Reasons to Participate in STEM Expo

1.   Student science inquiry & engineering design/demo projects compete against others at or near same grade level for ribbons, plaques, prize money, $500 college scholarship.


2.   Reinforces Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards (researching, writing, listening, presenting skill development, as well as science and engineering practices). Students present projects to three pairs of judges.


3.   Develops 21st Century Partnership Learning and Innovative Skills (Creativity & Innovation, Critical Thinking & Problem Solving, Communication & Collaboration.


4.   Judges score results can be used to help determine student project grades. Using judges scores help insure a more objective grading process because 6 people look at project. Judging score is based on a 100 possible points rubric (see score card here), and 6 judges complete the rubric for each project. Then scores are normalized.


5.   No fuss or worries about Science Fair set-up, finding judges, and clean-up. Judging and Awards ceremony all taken care of by Air Force & engineer volunteers.



Invitation to Participate Poster


STEM Expo Page