Each year the Kids’ Science Challenge receives many creative, unique and well thought out drawings. These drawings convey some great ideas. Our judges have selected their favorite drawings. And they are here for you! But we want to know what you think. Vote for your favorite. The student whose drawing receives the most votes wins prize! Vote now!
Pamela Parks of Oglethorpe County Elementary in Lexington, Georgia. and Mark Judkins of Skillin Elementary School in South Portland, Maine have the remaining two gardens from Naturalyards. Pam won for submitting over 90 entries and Mark was the name chosen at random from the teachers who submitted more than 5 entries. Naturalyards will be working with these teachers on everything from building to planting their garden. The students will get to help with planting and assembly, and tending to the garden for years to come. We can’t wait to see pictures of these gardens in the coming months!!
The 2011-12 Kids’ Science Challenge is now closed for entries. The judges are eagerly reading all entries and the winners will be announced, on the KSC website, on May 2, 2012. The winners will then set-off to work with a KSC scientist to see their entry idea become a reality, and blog about their experience right here!Missed the deadline? Don’t worry there is always next year if you still in grades 3-6. Follow us on Facebook to get up to the minute updates or sign up for the KSC mailing list. Just because the contest is closed does not mean you should stop visiting the KSC site. You can continue to enjoy all the games and activities all year round. Stay tuned because you never know when we will introduce something new!
Dave Clark, a 6th grade teacher at Wilbur Middle School, in Wichita, KS encouraged his students to enter the 4th annual Kids’ Science Challenge. He submitted 116 entries by the January 15th deadline. Making Mr. Clark the winner of the first of 3 gardens for his school. Wilbur Middle School will receive a $3,500 gift certificate to use towards a Naturalyards school garden kit. From planning to planting, Naturalyards will assist the winning schools in building the school gardens of their dreams. One exciting aspect of the Naturalyards gardens is that even younger students can help with the assembly.
Two additional teachers will win a prize from Naturalyards at a later date. So collect your entries and get them in the mail by the February 29, 2012 deadline!!
The Kids’ Science Challenge continues to bring creative thinking to kids nationwide. Check out these imaginative kids in Virginia Beach, VA. Their teacher, Pam Northam, modified the Crow Creativity Activity by using materials found in their science lab such as the Erlenmeyer flask instead of a clear tube, and attached candy to a loop of tape instead of a basket (since the neck was too small). Students were given the opportunity to chose everyday objects to use, and no instruction other than to get the candy out without lifting the flask. You can see from the photos what a great time they had with this activity. They also watched the video clip research with the actual crows, and we did some comparative anatomy with human and bird brains. What are you doing with your students to learn more about the KSC topics?
The new Kids Science Challenge is coming up fast. After the great ideas we got last year, I can’t wait to see what the kids will come up with this year. The competition will open for entries on October 1, and all entries must be received by February 29, 2012. Check back regularly many new videos, lesson plans and hands-on activities coming to the KSC site throughout September.
If you want to get your class, after-school group or simply your child and a few friends to work on a KSC entry but do not know where to start have a KSC party. Make it a fun afternoon of science games and activities.
To get started the facilitator should review all the tools on this website so that you understand how to use them with the students. And purchase any materials needed for the science activity.
To begin the event hook your computer up to your TV or another big screen so that the whole gang can start by reviewing the videos and themes together. If you do not have access to a big screen your computer will work too.
Next, plan an hour for “research” – allowing each student to play the games on the KSC website. If you have a big group allow one person to play while the other students watch the outcome. While some students are playing games others can do one of the hands-on activities at another table. This is a time for students to experiment with the activities and try them on their own.
After everyone has had time to play games and to do 1-2 activities that interest them take break. Provide a snack, let the kids run around outside for a bit or just to play and be silly. This allows them time to absorb the information they have just been discussing and focus better when they reassemble.
When reassembled give each student pad and paper. Use your computer and big screen to go through the brainstorming page and allow the group to ask questions. When you are done reviewing the brainstorming page each student should begin to think about their own entry (individual or team). Continue to allow them access to the computer so that they may revisit a game or fact. Give them time to complete an outline for an entry or the entry itself. Do not forget to create a drawing, which is optional, but a fun way for the student to express their idea! Be sure not to rush the students. If they do not have time to complete the entry during this session create a follow-up plan. Science is trial and error so give them the space to dream up big ideas.
Teachers, parents and mentors are the driving force in motivating and exciting kids about learning. We hope that you will be encouraged by the excitement the students will have as they begin to experience how much fun science can be. And to see that science is part of all that they do.
Kids’ Science Challenge was proud to partake in the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles’ Annual Family Science Festival on Sunday. The event was themed “Imagination Meets Innovation”. Held in association with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the event brought over 2,000 Girl Scouts and their families to a fun-filled day of exploring the wonders… of science, technology, engineering and math. It was an amazing day!
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Jim Metzner, Producer
The Kids’ Science Challenge