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SCIENCE NIGHTS IN WAKE COUNTY. Presented for WCPSS Wednesday, December 14 CISCO Systems Gretchen Ross, Wiley Carol Wooten, Hunter Kyle Hamstra, Davis Drive. Tiers of organization. Parents and Teachers Collaborative Effort Teacher Coordinated Starting Simple.

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science nights in wake county

SCIENCE NIGHTS IN WAKE COUNTY

Presented for WCPSS

Wednesday, December 14

CISCO Systems

Gretchen Ross, Wiley

Carol Wooten, Hunter

Kyle Hamstra, Davis Drive

tiers of organization
Tiers of organization
  • Parents and Teachers Collaborative Effort
  • Teacher Coordinated
  • Starting Simple
wiley international magnet school science night
Wiley International Magnet School: Science Night
  • Coordinated by PTA parents and teachers to volunteer
  • Includes hands-on experiences in all of the classrooms, student presenters, Broughton high school students, (assisting presenters), presenters (teachers, parent scientists, college faculty, community scientists, local organizations)
  • Tiered family project w/ rubric- gives every student and opportunity to participate
planning
PLanning
  • Start meeting after Winter Break
  • Decide on theme
  • Delegate responsibilities

Past Themes:

Wiley Goes Green-Land

Wiley Goes Green-Air

Wiley Goes Green-Water

Mythbusters

vertical alignment
Vertical Alignment

Life Science

·         Kindergarten: Animals 2 X 2

·         1st Grade: Organisms

·         2nd Grade: The Life Cycle of the Butterfly

·         3rd Grade: Plant Growth & Development, Soils

·         4th Grade: Animal Studies

·         5th Grade: Ecosystems

Earth Science

·         Kindergarten: Weather, Investigating Properties

·         1st Grade: Pebbles, Sand, & Silt

·         2nd Grade: Air & Weather

·         3rd Grade: Soils, Objects in the Sky

·         4th Grade: Earth Materials

·         5th Grade: Landforms, Investigating Weather Systems

Physical Science

·         Kindergarten: Comparing & Measuring, Investigating Properties

·         1st Grade: Balance & Motion, Solids & Liquids

·         2nd Grade: Sound, Changes

·         3rd Grade: The Human Body

·         4th Grade: Food Chemistry, Magnetism & Electricity

·         5th Grade: Motion & Design

parent responsibilities
Parent Responsibilities
  • Schedule and/or attend planning meetings
  • Create an agenda for each meeting
  • Email committee with updates and ask questions
  • Contact and invite presenters
  • Send and collect presenter forms
  • Create a volunteer schedule
  • Create a map of school including exhibits
  • Create and copy passport
  • Arrange for food for presenters and teacher presenters
  • Certificates and Award prize to top participating class
teacher responsibilities
Teacher Responsibilities
  • Attend planning meetings
  • Ensure curriculum alignment and relevance
  • Design Family Project Rubric
  • Send home/email information and reminders to parents
  • Recruit fellow teachers to present
  • Present in classroom on Science Night
  • Reserve space in Media Center to reserve Family Projects

*Teacher Presenters- only need to prepare classroom exhibit and communicate plan to committee

family project
Family Project
  • Create a poster
  • Write a how-to booklet
  • Create a game out of recycled materials
  • Build a model

K- Is It an Animal?

1st- Is It a Solid?

2nd- Does It Have a Life Cycle?

3rd- What is in soil?

4th- Batteries, Bulbs, and Wires

5th-Is It a Model?

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Family Project with a focus on Mythbusters

Please choose one of the projects below to complete with your family.

science night set up
Science night set up
  • Volunteer Check-in/Delegate
  • Presenter Check-in
  • Signs on Classrooms
  • Distribution of passports as families arrive
  • Set up Door Prizes
  • Set up Presenter food spread in teacher’s lounge
hunter gt magnet elementary
HUNTER GT MAGNET ELEMENTARY
  • Coordinated by teachers
  • Includes science projects and presenters (parent scientists, college faculty, community scientists)
  • Also have student presenters (fifth graders) sharing out science kit inquiry processes and curriculum content, Science Olympiad students conduct a presentation
  • Student ambassadors
  • Last year: 300+ science projects (3rd -5th grade) and 25+ presentations.
hunter gt magnet elementary1
Hunter gt magnet elementary
  • To view a slide show about Hunter’s Science Night and learn more about the components included in the checklist, go to the Science Night tab on the following website:

http://carolwooten.weebly.com

hunter gt magnet elementary2
Hunter gt magnet elementary
  • Send out speaker invitations
  • Format is floating, held 5:30 pm-8:00 pm where projects are open for viewing at 5:30 and presentations begin at 6:00. Pizza is served (pre-order process) from 6:00-7:00.
more information hunter
MORE INFORMATION: hunter
  • When getting started, we look at our overall goals for the Science Night, create a detailed checklist that enables us to make sure all components are carried out for a successful night, and continually reflect on how to make Science Night even better.
  • Many parents may have connections to presenters. Or, we have had many parents enthusiastic about presenting! For instance, both the engineering and medical science presentations were conducted by parents.
more information hunter1
More information: hunter
  • Enlist others to assist with stations, especially the hands-on components (teachers, parents, high school or college students). You can even use a free online volunteer coordinator program such as signupgenius.comto help arrange volunteers.
  • Each school is different, so develop a night that works for your school and community! 
family science night starting simple

Family Science Night: Starting Simple

Davis Drive Elementary

April 26, 2011

K, 2, 4 – 5:30-6:30

1, 3, 5 – 6:30-7:30

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Purpose: Students will teach their parent(s) about curriculum-based concepts by demonstrating science investigations.

What Teachers Do

  • Teach science curriculum.
  • Verbalize key vocabulary.
  • Choose 3-5 investigations per strand per grade level.
  • Prepare resources (classroom space, kit materials, time).
  • Design an informative pamphlet: (see example).
  • Participate, be enthusiastic!

What Students Do

  • Learn science curriculum.
  • Demonstrate key vocabulary.
  • Practice demonstrating all investigations at school.
  • Help teacher set up materials, investigations, exhibits.
  • Follow the pamphlet: teach parents about science.
  • Show your parents why you love science! Use your science notebook and class materials.
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