Science Conference (next in February 2017)
In early February 2017, the school will hold its biennial Science Conference, a day that will rotate each year with Mathapalooza (next to be held in February 2018). This page will be updated in October 2016 with new links and information similar to what is below for the last Science Conference.
Formerly called the Science Fair, the January 2015 conference included the entire school. Participation was voluntary.
Science, from the Latin word scientia meaning knowledge, is a systematic way of knowing, answering questions, and making predictions. It all begins with an observation: A mighty oak tree fell down in a storm, followed by a question: Why did that one fall and not the others around it? How we answer the question, step by step, making guesses and testing them to see if they make sense and coming to the best reason we can find at the moment is the domain of science.
Then there's technology: Using science to solve practical problems. It's exciting and takes us into fun areas of applied science, like: how airplanes stay up, how computers work so fast, how radio-controlled toys follow our instructions, and why some substances make us sick while others help us be well.
Specifics for the 2015 Science Conference may be found in the following two letters: an application for students and an explanation for parents.
Resources for Science Fair Projects
Students and parents may wish to peruse the following links for science fair ideas and projects:
- Kids -- Math and Science -- Experiments and Science Fair Projects
- List of science project questions from the Chicago Academy of Sciences
- PBS Kids list of links to science projects
Special Suggestions for Our Younger Scientists
Kindergartners and first graders may wish to write about their favorite animal or perhaps an unusual animal that interests them. In learning about their animal, students may wish draw several colorful pictures of the animal, and list on a poster:
- the animal's common and scientific names
- the animal's habitat (where it lives)
- the names of other animals and plants that live in your animal's community
- whether the animal is more active during the day (diurnal) or the night (nocturnal)
- the food that your animal eats
- predators that may eat your animal
- an interesting fact that most people do not know about the animal
- the reasons you chose to study this particular animal
Others may choose to describe something they've seen that anazed them, and themn offer an explanation. For example, some students are fascinated with compasses that point north; others my observe and explain what happens when a puddle freezes and then thaws again. Check the links above.
Pictures of the 2013 Free Union Science Fair