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ACADEMIC COMPETITIONS Why Encourage Students to Participate?. Karen Kinsman, MS, Director STEM Education Outreach Programs (UNM) firstname.lastname@example.org. Agenda. 1. So, Why Encourage Students to Participate?. 2 . Science Fair/Research Challenge. 3 . Science Olympiad.
Karen Kinsman, MS, Director
STEM Education Outreach Programs (UNM)
1. So, Why Encourage Students to Participate?
2. Science Fair/Research Challenge
3. Science Olympiad
4. Other Academic Competitions
5. So, What’s Keeping Us From Participating?
6. Be Part of the Solutions!
7. WII-FM: What’s In It For ME??
8. Resources for Teachers
“As a young girl, being involved in Science Olympiad with other girls created an instant support group; together we discovered that women can succeed in the fields of engineering, math, and science.”
Management Consultant, IBM
“I started competing in the science and engineering fair when I was in kindergarten, and continued to participate in it through my high school years. In high school, I earned the honor to attend and compete at the International Science & Engineering Fair. Words cannot accurately describe how incredibly rewarding this experience was for me, but it is definitely one that will forever remain in my memories. Among other things, participating in the science fair helped build my character and raise my self-esteem, so that I could overcome shyness and perfect my public speaking skills. (Doing inquiry-based research projects) promotes enthusiasm for science, helps improve speaking and writing abilities, exposes students to new, fascinating innovations and ideas in the scientific world, and introduces practical application of the scientific method. Whether students experience it at the local, regional, state, or even international level, each and every participant gains something more in his or her life.”
-Krystal Wood, APS Teacher
Monte Vista Elementary
UNM Graduate 2004
Regional/State ISEF Affiliated “Fairs” Send Qualifying Projects Directly to ISEF as Finalists.
In teams of 2 or 3, spend five minutes brainstorming a list of barriers/obstacles that keep teachers from sponsoring or coaching & students from participating in academic competitions.
Now, spend a few minutes brainstorming possible solutions to these barriers/obstacles! What are some potential ways to get around the barriers?