The Science Fair Podcast
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I'm exploring ways to make science fair a meaningful experience for students and teachers. I do this by talking about how science fair plays out in my seventh grade classroom. I discuss what I do each day and the impact it has on my students. If you're a teacher who struggles with science fair every year and want to make it work for you and your students, this is the podcast for you.
||CleanEpisode 15: Beyond the Classroom Science Fair||Listen in iTunes - Listen to this episode to hear how I chose the “winners” of my science fair. Hear how we transformed their “cloud-based” presentations into traditional projects that could go on to compete at the school-wide and city-wide||3/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Science Fair Presentation Day||Listen in iTunes - In this episode I share how I set up my Science Fair presentation day. I explain how students were organized to give their presentations and how I assessed them. I also reflect on how the presentations went and the ups and||3/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: Preparing Science Fair Presentations||Listen in iTunes - On today’s podcast I talk about preparing students for Science Fair day. It will include how I prepare students for their oral and visual presentations, the technology we use to do it,||3/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: Science and Literacy – Writing Conclusions and Abstracts for Science Fair||Listen in iTunes - This is where the rubber meets the road. Can students determine the validity of their hypotheses? Listen to hear how I coach students in scientific thinking AND writing as they write up their conclusions to their Science Fair proje.||2/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Teaching Math in Science||Listen in iTunes - Science Fair is an excellent opportunity to build math skills into your Science class. In this episode, I detail how I guided students in organizing their data into presentable form. I used tutorial videos to help students devel||2/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Analyzing Science Fair Data with Students, part 2||Listen in iTunes - In this episode I continue to share my experiences with students in organizing and graphing their data. I discuss the methods for taking all their data and displaying it in a single table. In addition,||2/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Analyzing Science Fair Data with Students, part 1||Listen in iTunes Analyzing data always presents challenges for students. In this episode, I discuss how I approached data analysis with my students. Hear about the hangups we ran into and how the activity unfolded in my classroom.||1/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Organizing Science Fair Data with Students||Listen in iTunes - In Episode 8, I discuss how students concluded their data gathering by organizing their data into a meaningful data table. We also brainstormed ways to use math to help "summarize" the data. Finally,||11/29/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Science Fair Goes to Humanities – Working With Colleagues, part 1||How Our Humanities Teacher Helped Make Science Fair Rock! - The awesome Lillie Marshal, 7th grade Humanities teacher joins for this episode of the podcast. She shares how she welcomed Science Fair into her classroom and curriculum and how she used it.||11/24/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScience Fair Podcast Episode #6: Making an Observation Protocol for Science Fair||In Episode six, I reveal how students went about crating an observation protocol. They know that they are trying to find the affect their trash item has on the growth of plants. But what do they mean by growth?||11/14/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScience Fair Podcast Episode #5: Setting Up Science Fair Experiments||In episode 5, I describe how my students put their procedures into action. I detail how students self pace the activity and how I offer tailored support. I also discuss how I have my students reflect on the process to revise their experimental proc||11/8/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScience Fair Podcast Episode #4: Writing Experimental Procedures||Want to know why I do Science Fair in this unusual way? I start this episode with a brief outline of how I do science fair and why. Then I go into how I lead students in writing procedures to test their hypotheses.||11/6/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScience Fair Podcast Episode #3: Hypotheses||In this episode, students return to science class with background research in hand. They use this research to generate hypotheses. I discuss the way students debate predictions and use their research to back up their ideas.||11/4/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScience Fair Podcast Episode #2: Questions & Variables||In episode 2 I discuss how students choose an independent variable for their project, and how to include it in a testable question. For this lesson students also learned to differential independent and dependent variables. In addition,||11/1/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScience Fair Podcast Episode #1: Introducing Science Fair||If you've been struggling to make Science Fair a meaningful experience for your students and you, join in the conversation on the Science Fair Podcast. - In this first episode, I talk about how I introduce the science fair concept to my seventh grade ..||10/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
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Science teachers have long awaited for this kind of helpful resource, and Mr. Shopis knows both the frustrations and rewards of a Science Fair. I'm so glad to have found this!