Mad Science Fair
The Mad Science Fair reinforces the scientific method and encourages students to observe, analyze, and make conclusions on scientific processes. Students begin with a short presentation reviewing the scientific method, and observe an example experiment. Afterwards, the students are split into groups that rotate through two different experiments (larger groups of 120+ students will do one in-depth experiment). Each experiment involves a demonstration by the instructor, safety instructions, and then the students are able to work in small groups to conduct their own experiments. If there’s time, students can introduce a different variable, or change something to the original experiment. A lot of questions are asked, and the students make a lot of observations as well as hypotheses. Students might learn about some of the following scientific principles: water cohesion, sound waves, the states of matter, and chemical reactions.
This class will include…
- Understanding and application of the scientific method.
- Conduct experiments demonstrating scientific principles.
- Observe, analyze, and make conclusions.