Things Teachers / Coaches Should Know:
The teacher’s job is to ensure that all student experiments are safe and appropriate for their grade level under supervised conditions.
- Be careful of experiments that: Produce gases or use gases (CO2, dry ice), use chemicals like cleaners, bleaches, alcohol, use of bacteria or mold. These are a few of examples of the experiments that would require approval by the Scientific Review Committee (SRC).
- Research Plan due/evaluated by SRC before experimentation has begun for restricted projects.
- Students must wait until Research Plan is approved before moving forward with their investigation if they have a restricted project.
- Call us if you are in doubt!
- All teachers need to review the SEF Handbook
What support might you provide your student.
- What skills do your students need?
- Journaling – EVERYTHING goes in the notebook.
- Understanding of key vocabulary words.
- Do they know how to do at least three trials, do they know how to graph, do they know to do more than one test on their prototype?
- Do they understand SAFETY? Should they be using goggles, protective gloves, clothing? Do they know what safety precautions to use?
- Do you really understand their project? You should.
- BUT, you should NOT be editing, telling them what to do next, etc. It is the student’s project.
Science and Engineering Fair Orientation PowerPoint
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