Williamsburg Northside Lower School was proud to host our 5th Annual Science Fair this week! When we started this journey, there were about 10 projects total – and now we’ve expanded to include every grade in the school! And our Science Fair isn’t limited to only science – many projects incorporate engineering, art, math and technology in ways that allow students to fully investigate a topic of interest and share their learning in novel ways. Read on for a tour through this year’s Fair!
Prekindergarten classes spent the earlier part of the year immersed in a study of farm life. They made many scientific connections to this topic, everything from how plants grow to what machines farmers use. Each class shared a part of their project – the Penguins created a “Dinner Table for Farm Animals” to explain animal diets, and the Narwhals shared a video they had made explaining the farm-to-table process.
Kindergarteners have been studying their school community, and for the Science Fair engaged in an engineering project to build their own “Dream School.” They chose materials for the floor and furniture based on properties and observable characteristics, and lit their classrooms with LED bulbs after learning the basics of circuitry.
In 1st Grade, students spent the past few months learning about and experimenting with simple machines – inclined plane, wheel and axle, wedge, screw, lever and pulley. From group experiments to partner investigations, this helps our young scientists become familiar with the scientific method while connecting to their class project on neighborhood construction.
Grade 2 students begin their projects by learning how scientists classify living things, and then focusing on the characteristics of vertebrates. They show off their scientific research skills with a model of a vertebrate of their choice and their habitat, plus a Spark Video presentation – an iPad app that allows students to create an audio/visual collection of facts and photos.
3rd-5th Graders complete independent experimental projects on a topic entirely of their choice. They follow the scientific method to define a question, craft a hypothesis, design and carry out and experiment, and record and communicate their results.