The Middle School of Plainville's seventh grade recently held its first ever science fair, thanks to the planning and coordination of seventh grade science faculty members, Assistant Principal Aimee Roberts, and Plainville High School science teacher John Girard.
Seventh graders began working in early March on planning individual and team projects to be displayed at the fair held in the school's gymnasium on April 7th. "Students selected individual research topics to investigate for experimentation, then conducted research on their topics, identified independent and dependent variables, followed by creating testable questions, hypotheses, materials lists, procedures, and data tables. Next they conducted the experiment at school or at home and collected data. Finally, they analyzed their data and wrote a lab conclusion defending if their hypothesis was correct or not," explained seventh grade science teacher Christina Corvello. "Following this, the students created tri-fold boards or Google presentations to share their experimental results at the fair."
The Plainville High School Science National Honor Society student members provided a significant amount of support to their middle school peers in preparation for the science fair. "I'm ecstatic that the Science National Honor Society students originated a plan to organize this science fair for their middle school peers. These high school students volunteered their own time, after school, amidst the other responsibilities that they each had and offered their expertise to the middle school developing scientists," explained Girard, who serves as the advisor to the Science National Honor Society group. Each week, the high school students would travel to the middle school and volunteer after school to assist the seventh graders with their experiments and presentations. "What I loved most about the whole process of the science fair was the excitement and pride the seventh graders had when displaying their projects. Each project was creative and unique to their individual groups. It was a wonderful experience to be a part of," said Plainville High School senior Emily Bienasz. "Being able to assist with the science fair was a very rewarding experience. Seeing the middle schoolers every week and watching them progress was very exciting. It was nice to see the end results with the projects, making the science fair a total success!" added senior Nicole Pabisiak.
The science fair drew many middle school parents, staff members, and even fifth graders from neighboring Louis Toffolon Elementary School, who visited the fair to see the projects in action. Seventh graders were on hand to answer questions about all aspects of their experiments and to share their findings. "We wanted to hold a science fair because students had been requesting this for a few years. Also, we thought it would be rewarding educationally and fun, which it was," noted Corvello.
"I am so impressed with the hard work our students did and the guidance the high school students provided. It was a great opportunity for our students to apply their learning to study and solve real-world problems," noted Assistant Principal, Aimee Roberts.
"I think one of the best parts of this experience was the joint work between the middle school students and the high school students. It was a great opportunity for the older kids to mentor students, and they did a great job. I look forward to this being a tradition here at the middle school," said Middle School of Plainville Principal, Matthew Guarino.
-Posted on April 26, 2016 at 03:35 PM
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