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SERC Biomimicry Science Fair is Still On

The Biomimicry Science Fair scheduled for 10 am today is still going on as planned. The road in is snowy but passable. Drive safely and give yourself extra time to make it in. The snow should stop by Noon and then start clearing up. Our scientists and educators are looking forward to seeing your student’s work.

Please make the decision to come in or not based on conditions in your area.

 

 

Science Fair Final Count-Down

Are You Ready for the Biomimicry Science Fair?

PLEASE E-MAIL ME (McDonaldK@si.edu) THE TOPIC OF YOUR PROJECT AND NAMES OF STUDENTS PARTICIPATING SO I CAN ANTICIPATE HOW MANY STATIONS TO SET UP FOR TRIFOLD DISPLAYS.

Please remember, the biomimicry science fair will be held on:

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH (for all classes) at the Mathias Building (see directions below) from 10-11:30 am.

All participants displaying their posters must arrive at least 20 minutes early to set up.

ALL HOME SCHOOLERS ARE INVITED, ALONG WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS. This will also be Ms. Karen’s last home school class so if you would like to come say farewell please join us for the fair.There will be a picnic lunch after the fair, at Noon, in the Reed Center if you’d like to join us. You may also bring a dish to share (please be aware of allergies and avoid nuts).

Directions to the Science Fair:

If you are displaying then when you reach the main SERC campus gate, do not turn down to the water (and the Reed Center), keep going through the front gate and ahead to the next stop sign. Go straight through the stop sign to the traffic circle straight ahead. There you will drop off your display and materials (you’ll see Mrs. Jane there). You may then proceed back to the stop sign and turn left to park in the gravel lot across from the Schmidt Center (red brick building) and then walk over to the new building (along the garden wall and behind the administration building). If you are coming just to see the displays then please proceed to the gravel lot mentioned above.

For those that need information on reference citation here are some sources:

This is an online citation generator that you may use: http://www.easybib.com/

Additionally you can find good information from the Penn State library.

Please contact Ms. Karen if you have any last minute concerns or need additional help.

How To Prepare For the Science Fair and Final Instructions

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Biomimicry Science Fair Preparation Instructions

The biomimicry science fair will be held:

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH (for all classes) at the Mathias Building (see directions below) from 10-11:30 am.

All participants displaying their posters must arrive at least 20 minutes early to set up.

ALL HOME SCHOOLERS ARE INVITED, ALONG WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS. This will also be Mrs. Karen’s last home school class so if you would like to come say farewell please join us for the fair.

Directions to the Science Fair:

If you are displaying then when you reach the main SERC campus gate, do not turn down to the water (and the Reed Center), keep going through the front gate and ahead to the next stop sign. Go straight through the stop sign to the traffic circle straight ahead. There you will drop off your display and materials (you’ll see Mrs. Jane there). You may then proceed back to the stop sign and turn left to park in the gravel lot across from the Schmidt Center (red brick building) and then walk over to the new building (along the garden wall and behind the administration building). If you are coming just to see the displays then please proceed to the gravel lot mentioned above.

Here are some preparatory materials for your students:

Click on the following link for the smart board presentation I used in class for the 8-12’s: Biomimicry science fair prep smart boad presentation. Please remember: 1. Control, 2. Variable, 3. Treatment, 4. Constant AND 5. Replication (repeating your experiments).

Here are the hand-outs for making a trifold display and the content that should be on the posters:

Biomimicry Science Fair Poster Requirement 5-7 yr. olds

Biomimicry Science Fair Poster Requirements 8-12 yr.

If you are looking for help with your poster, or need advice you can certainly call me (Karen) or E-mail (McDonaldK@si.edu). Also check out the website from our friend Maille Lyons, the Science Fair Coach.

HOME SCHOOL CLASS FOR PARENTS (is still on): There is Still Room (and Time) to Sign Up

During the weeks when students are working on their science fair projects we are still offering our program for parents.

Special Class:

Science Resources for Home School Parents (February 19th, 10 am-11:30 am)

At SERC we receive many requests regarding the types of microscopes we use, where to buy dissection organisms, how to find age appropriate teaching materials, and science resources. In this course our educators will work together to help you find the resources you need to teach science at home, either to complement our home school classes or if you’re working independently. ($14/person, meet at the Reed Center) To register click here.

Spring Home School Registration Cancelled

We regret to announce that registration for the Spring Home School Classes at SERC is cancelled. Karen McDonald, SERC’s longtime Coordinator for Outreach and Public Programs,  has accepted a position elsewhere in the Smithsonian, and we will not be able to provide the high quality programs that SERC is known for, and that you have come to expect, until such time that we can find someone to shoulder those responsibilities. Our other public programs and campus access will continue as scheduled.  The Biomimicry Science Fair for February is still going on as planned.

We hope you’ll continue to support SERC and its research and education programs and we look forward to welcoming you back to the SERC campus.  In the meantime, we hope you will join us in wishing Karen success and happiness in her future endeavors.

We’ll announce future classes on this blog.

Biomimicry Science Fair Updates for This Week and a Weather Update

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Morpho butterfly, studied in biomimicry for how its wings reflect light (Photo: Wiki commons).

For those in the biomimicry science fair block of classes please remember that parents are required to attend this week’s class.

If you have not checked out the blog post about what students need to bring or prepare for class please do so ASAP!

WEATHER NOTE:

If the weather is inclement tomorrow, and SERC is delayed in opening, then please bring your student(s) to either the later class on Wednesday or any class on Thursday. There will be no time for a make-up class. If we do end up having delays and you can’t make any of the times then I will consult with you outside of class about your projects. E-mail me and let me know. All of this is contingent on weather so please check the blog or your e-mail for any announcements.

SERC WILL BE OPENING 2 HOURS LATE TODAY.

For those in the 9 am (5-7 yr. old) class please come to the 10:30 am class or the 1:30 pm class. These later classes will still be going on. Drive carefully out there.

 

SERC Home School Documentaries, Based on the Ecosystems on the Edge Video Series, Are Now Available

Turning Science Students into Filmmakers

The completed video projects of the home school students in the SERC “Ecosystems on the Edge Documentary Class” are now available online, with the exception of one video that will be posted on March 5th. Please visit SERC’s “Shorelines Blog” to read the article and watch their videos. They did a great job!

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