Great New Teacher Resource – A Must See!
This is a wonderful resource for teachers with numerous opportunities to teach and learn. It’s FREE to affiliate teachers. Just create your own log in as a Florida Gulf Coast affiliate. You can assign students specific lessons they can link to! Over 90 website documents are now translated into Spanish. Mandarin and Arabic are soon to follow.
Who will participate?
As a teacher, team, grade, department or school, decide which students will be doing science or inventors projects this year. Will projects be required? If so, for who? The entire school? An entire grade level? One or two classes? Only the chemistry students? Only the honors students?
Who will you recruit as judges?
- Recruit the help of your PTO. Start by asking for volunteers within your school community. Local science organizations, clubs and universities are also helpful. Members of the Scientists Society of Southwest Florida are available to serve as judges as well.
- Students can participate in judging their peers. Judging Circles can be created with approximately six to twelve projects. Students in the circle present to each other and select the winner(s). Different group winners repeat the process. A minimum of six projects are selected to go to Regional Competition.
Who will serve on your Scientific Review Committee?
A Scientific Review Committee (SRC) consists of a science teacher, a school administrator and a biomedical scientist (medical doctor, psychologist, veterinarian, microbiologist, etc.) depending on the nature of the student’s project. These individuals are important for approving research plans at the school level.
What are your goals for your student’s invention projects and for your school fair?
It is important to outline your goals and secure the support of your school administration. Invention projects easily align with Florida’s Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS) and provide real-world applications.
When will your school fair(s) be held?
- Pick a date and time, and outline a timeline for students to complete their projects. Most invention projects will take a MINIMUM of six weeks to complete.
- Alert your parents and kids early. Don’t assign the project right before Christmas break and expect them to have it completed when they return back to school.
- Coordinate the dates of your school fair to allow students the opportunity to advance to Regional, National, and International Fairs.
- Determine if you fair will be judged on site or virtually.
- Consider if you will have judges interview students at the fair. This will help you determine the length of your fair and the number of judges you will need. Most interviews will take at least 10 minutes.
Where will your fair be held?
Review Display & Safety Guidelines for Regional Science Fair and Regional Inventors Fair. Standard physical display height is 36 inches but may be as high as 72 inches. All displays must be stable and not subject to falling over. The standard display board is a tri-fold with 12 inch folding ‘wings’ and a 24 inch center section. The width is a maximum of 48 inches adjusted to fit a 36 inch table space, with a depth of 18 inches. Determine how much space you will need by the number of students and project display boards. Many schools host their fairs in their media centers, auditoriums or lunch rooms.
How will you make this happen?
- START EARLY! Organize a core group of individuals to help you! Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Refer to our website often or contact Edison Fairs staff with questions.
- Become familiar with the Invention Convention Worldwide for great classroom resources.
- Make sure your students fill out the appropriate online registrations and load files.
- The majority of communicating will be shared through teachers. Accurate, timely communication can be enhanced with access to parent/guardian phone numbers and emails, especially for elementary and middle school participants at the regional level. Student registration on the Florida Gulf Coast affiliate zFairs website will ask for contact information. During regional competition and through nationals, direct contact with family members is very helpful.
Please go to the Student Resource page to review updated recommendations for logbooks and video presentations.