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Science Fair Coordinators. Middle School Science Howard B. Owens Science Center September 16, 2009. OBJECTIVES. Science Fair Coordinators will visit online resources in order to plan and implement science fair activities for students, teachers, and parents
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Science Fair Coordinators Middle School Science Howard B. Owens Science Center September 16, 2009
OBJECTIVES • Science Fair Coordinators will visit online resources in order to plan and implement science fair activities for students, teachers, and parents • Science Fair Coordinators will form small groups in order to establish a line of support for local school science fair coordination
AGENDA Date: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2009Location: Howard B. Owens Science Center (Lanham, MD)Time: 4:30 PMInvited Attendees: Middle School Science Fair Coordinators Science Coaches Desired Outcome: Meet & Greet Receive Science Fair ideas Develop small group support Welcome and Introductions • Getting Started with Students • Online Teacher Resources • Parent Resources and Activity • Student Paper work • ISEF Rules and Guidelines
Science Fair Expectations Prince George’s County Public Schools Middle School It is expected that all students enrolled in Grade 6 and 7 participate in the local school science fair while 8th grade students are encouraged to voluntarily participate. All students enrolled in Honors science courses will participate in the local school science fair.
Important Dates November 6 Sawhorse/Table Orders DUE February 24 Student PaperworkDUE March 3Scientific Review Committee meets March 26-March 28Prince George’s Area Science Fair December 31, 2009 Blackboard e-orgs END
Science Fair Coordinators Getting Started with Students
Other County Resources Middle School Science Teachers’ e-org • Science Fair • Science Fair Lesson Plans • SFC Handbook • Student paper work for typing and saving to print
Science Fair Coordinators Online Teacher Resources
Science Fair Coordinators Parent Resources & Activity
Science Fair Coordinators NEW STUDENT PAPERWORK
Science Fair Coordinators Forms Required for ALL Projects
RESEARCH PLAN A Research Plan is required for all projects. It must incorporate all of the relevant topics listed in the Research Plan Instructions.
Science Fair Coordinators International Science and Engineering Fair Rules and Guidelines
Adult roles and responsibilities • Adult Sponsor • Qualified Scientist • Designated Supervisor • Institutional Review Board (IRB) • Scientific Review Committee (SRC)
Adult sponsor • Oversees project • Completes Form 1 – Checklist for Adult Sponsor
Qualified Scientist • Required for some projects • Doctoral/professional degree related to student research or Masters degree with SRC approval • Completes Form 2 – QS Form
Designated Supervisor • Animal Care Supervisor for vertebrate animal projects • Supervises projects involving hazardous chemicals, activities or devices • Supervises projects requiring a Qualified Scientist when the Qualified Scientist cannot directly supervise the student
IRB (Institutional Review Board) • Reviews human subject studies • Membership must include: • an educator • a school administrator • someone knowledgeable about evaluating physical and/or psychological risk: MD, PA, RN, psychiatrist, psychologist, licensed social worker or licensed clinical professional counselor
SRC (Scientific Review Committee) • Reviews some projects before experimentation • Reviews all projects just prior to competition • Membership must include: • a biomedical scientist (Ph.D., M.D., D.V.M., D.D.S., D.O.) • an educator • one other member
Studies conducted at a research institution, industrial setting or any work site other than home, school or field require Form 1C
Continuation studies • Project based on prior research in the same field of study • Longitudinal studies are permitted • Multi-year study • Studies time-based change • Require form 7
Science Fair Coordinators HUMAN SUBJECTS
What are human subjects studies? Human Subjects studies involve living individuals where there is • Intervention or interaction with subjects and/or • Collection of identifiable private information
Exempt studies – do not require IRB review nor human subjects forms • Product testing of a student invention, program, concept, etc. • No health hazards • No personal data collected • Feedback directly related to product • Studies using pre-existing, publicly available human data
Additional exempt studies • Behavioral observations in unrestricted public settings • No interaction • No manipulation of environment • No recording of any personal identifiers • Studies using certified de-identified/ anonymous data
Human subjects research • The IRB must review and approve the research plan before experimentation begins • Research subjects 18 years of age or older must give informed consent • Research subjects under 18 must give assent and their parents may be required to give permission
Human subjects research, cont’d • The IRB evaluates the project and determines • Risk level • Requirement for Qualified Scientist • Requirement for written informed consent/assent/parental permission