Middle School Science Fair Teacher Workshop

Middle School Science Fair Teacher WorkshopWhen: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 (Agenda Below)
Where: Online (Interactive)
Registration Deadline: June 18, 2021
FMI, Contact: Stefany Burrell

Did you know that Maine has a science fair for grades 6-8? The Maine State Middle School Science & Engineering Fair (MSSEF) provides youth with a chance to share their independent STEM projects with judges and their peers. The event encourages students to explore their own area of interest, engage in authentic science and engineering practices, and hone their science communication skills.

Late each spring, the MSSEF welcomes middle schoolers from around the state to present their work in a supportive environment. Students can work alone or in teams of 2-3. There is practically no limit to the topics a student can pursue. If it falls somewhere in the realm of science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM), it fits within the mission of the MSSEF!

As a middle school teacher, you may love the idea of giving your students this opportunity. But how do you start? Join us on Wednesday, June 23 to learn how. We will convene an interactive Zoom session where you’ll learn some tips for getting your students started on their projects and take away some activities to help them make the most of their independent work.

The top 10% of our state’s projects are invited to participate in the national Broadcom MASTERS competition. Although the prestige of winning is reserved for a handful of projects, all students who participate learn invaluable STEM and 21st century skills. Because the MSSEF is affiliated with the MASTERS competition, the Broadcom Foundation has provided MMSA with a grant to pay stipends to teachers who attend this training.

Tentative Agenda

10:00 Welcome & Introductions
10:30 About the MSSEF
10:45 Finding Ideas for Projects
11:30 Science vs Engineering
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Four Question Strategy
1:45 Experimental Design
2:00 Data Collection
2:30 Presenting Results
3:00 Adjourn

Cary James

Your Presenter: Cary James was a high school science teacher for 30 years. Prior to that, he ran the state’s Plant Pathology Lab. Cary has a passion for involving all youth in authentic STEM experiences. You’ll find him cycling around Maine in his spare time.

Rebecca Clark Uchenna
Your Facilitator: Rebecca Clark Uchenna is a STEM Education Specialist at MMSA. She works on the WeatherBlur and Reach projects. Rebecca has a background in Marine Science. When she’s not working, she spends time enjoying the outdoors.

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During this pandemic educators have been forced to reinvent the way they reach kids and all of us here at MMSA have been working hard to shift our programming, professional learning opportunities, and research to overcome this incredibly difficult challenge for educators across Maine and the nation.  

Your support is a crucial component of our efforts to continually expand STEM education programs during these uncertain and challenging times.

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