Science Fair 2019

March 7th, 2019 from 1:15 PM to 2:25 PM

Thanks to the 438 students from grade 6 to 11 for presenting their 166 projects!

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The sheer amount of projects is a big jump from last year! From 129 projects to 166. And instead of 348 students 438 presenters!

The morning starts with four shortened blocks of 45 minutes and ends 11:45. We have lunch - and then it is time to set of our STEAM fair 😊 .

Opening address in the Black Box

12:40 - 1:10

We meet 12:40 in the Black Box for the opening of our 2019 STEAM fair! Judges will be informed on procedure and rubric. Students who were not able to set up their project in the morning can finish their presentation. At 1:10 the judges get their badges 🏷️ and rotation list 📋.

Middle School - Science, Technology and Rube Goldberg

1:20 - 2:05

From 1:20 PM on it's time for the MS students to show their projects in science 🧪 and technolocy (grade 6 and 7) as well as their awesome Rube Goldberg Machines! And the HS students and all guests can interview them and have a look at 51 projects from grade 6 and 19 projects from grade 7 and 18 Rube Goldberg Machines from grade 8. You have to be quick though, since 45 minutes will just fly by.

High School - Science and Technology

2:20 - 2:55

Are you curious about encryption, secure data or ever wondered why websites that start with http:// are considered "not secure" but ones with https:// are 🔐? Or you want to learn about Reverse Osmosis for effective Desalination to provide for drinking water? That's just some examples of the project our students worked on! From 2:10 PM on the students will show their 19 projects from grade 9 and 31 projects from grade 10. And we have two projects from grade 11 as well!

From 3:00 - 3:30 PM the judges and students who were not able to present during the two blocks have the chance for the make up presentations. After 3:30 it is already time to clean up. The winners and runners up in each category (science and technology for grade 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11 and Rube Goldberg for grade 8) will be anounced some days in the future by the respective teacher 👨‍🔬.

General information

Student groups of up to 3 people will create a project in their respective category. They can choose between Science and Technology in grade 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11. Grade 8 is working on a Rube Goldberg project. In grade 9 a group can have 4 members.

Each project has our motto for 2019 in mind: "Think global - act local". And each project is connected to one of the 17 global goals.

Each project will have a website that informs about their project and the progress during the (1) Investigation, (2) Plan, (3) Creation and (4) Evaluation. Each step will be peer-graded and entered into Gradebook. Some projects might fail. Some technology might not work. That's an experience both great scientists and large companies share. But you learned a lot in the process. That's what counts. The grading rubric reflects that and doesn't penalize on failure. It rather encourages to try out new ways!

After the presentation on March 7th we would like to present the results of the projects in an additional way. We have already the website and the presentation to the public. Now we create a paper in the same way a scientific observation is published. Alternatively you can create a 5 minute video that informs about the progress and achieements of this project.

The first stages of any project usually take a long time since a lot of information has to be gathered. What is our objective? What other solutions are already out there? How much will it cost? What is the audience? Will it work? How long will it take? Towards the deadline the process becomes more and more chaotic because unforseen obstacles appear out of nowhere. Little details are delayed a little and in a domino effect the whole schedule is shifting. Even after the finish line there are a hundred unexplored possibilies and open questions. To structure this process we divided it into 4 stages and set a time limit. You find them below:

Science Fair Display Boards

Stage 1- INVESTIGATE (until January 11th, 2019)

Statement of the problem - What is the issue that you aim to address? What do you plan to find out/design in order to do this? Describe your personal engagement and how your project is related to one of the 17 global goals and our topic “Think global, act local”.

Introduction - Background information about the topic and the project, that is both relevant and interesting.

Variables - A list of factors that affect the outcome of the experiment/final product.

Hypothesis - A statement about what you predict the conclusion for the experiment would be or a description of the product that you plan to produce.

English style guide - Use “I” in this section, be personal, write to create interest. You will probably be in the present and future tenses.

Stage 2- PLAN (until January 18th, 2019)

Procedure - A set of instructions that enable the aim of the project to be achieved. They should be given in enough detail for another person to replicate the project. Make sure that this includes the 3 types of math and two types of technology that you will be using.

Timeline - This should give the target dates for each stage of the project.

English style guide - Use the third person “it will need…”, avoiding “I” in this section. You will probably to be in the future tense.

Stage 3- CREATE (until January 25th, 2019)

Evidence - Evidence should be collected to show how the project/experiment was carried out step by step, in order to test the hypothesis. This could consist google doc entries, photos, videos and plan diagrams.

Test - The project should be tested/trial runs of the procedure carried out, and that necessary adjustments were made. Data and calculations should be included here.

English style guide - Use the third person “it will need…”, avoiding “I” in this section. You will probably be in the past tense.

Stage 4- CONCLUDE AND EVALUATE/REFLECT (until February 15th, 2019 - after TET)

Conclusion - The results of the experiment/testing should be analysed and interpreted and an explanation given along with a correct statement about whether the hypothesis was supported or rejected.

Evaluation/Reflection - Evaluate/reflect on the project, suggesting limitations and improvements and if necessary re-designing the prototype/experiment. This should include evaluating the method and how well it was followed/ the design was realized. Also, evaluate/reflect on their own performance in the project.

English style guide - Choose the third person when discussing the experiment/testing, such as “it showed that…”, using the past tense. However, use “I” when reflecting on what you did. Be honest and stay with the past tense.

Minimum math requirements

You are required to have used certain math focal points from the math curriculum. These include the specification of your independent and dependent variables with their values, a calculation of their correlation, a statement of their uncertainty (absolute value or relative as a percentage error). It is always good if you include a graph. Remember to label the axes with units. Don’t connect the dots if you can’t prove that the connection between the 2 measurements is linear. Use a trendline instead. To be professional: Include error bars.

Technology requirements

Use at least three forms of technology during the project process. Ideas for this are:

General: Google docs for your project document and peer editing;

Collecting and processing results: Data logging software; Google docs for spreadsheets for data collection and graphing; Google surveys or Survey Monkey for recording or collecting results.

Final project presentation: Google sites. You can get a trifold for 13000 VND at FnL.


Peer editing

At each stage of the project ask at least one person to peer edit your work by using the ‘insert comment’ feature in google docs.

As for formative feedback from your teachers at each stage of your project.

Project presentation

Projects can be presented as a Google site or a triboard. If you want to use another method of technology to present your project please talk to your teacher.

The AIS STEM Fair 2019 “Think global, act local” will be held on March 7th

Further progress

About a month later there is the citywide Saigon STEAM fair 2019. Who is eligable to participate in this competition between the international schools of Ho Chi Minh City? The best 4 projects of each category will have the chance to represent the AIS. Since Science has winner and runners up in MS for grade 6 and 7 it is easy to choose the projects. The same is valid for the Technology section. And this structure repeats for HS with grade 9 and 10 as well as Rube Goldberg in grade 8.

Judging rubric

The following 4 rubrics will be used by the judges on March 7th, 2019. The first two rubrics are for the science projects in MS and HS. The last two rubrics are for design and Rube Goldberg. Since you can get a maximum of 4 points per category and there are 10 categories the maximum score is 40.

Science Rubric Middle School

Science Fair Rubric for public Grade 6 and 7

Science Rubric High School

Science Fair Rubric for Public Grade 9 and 10

Design rubric MS & HS

STEAM Fair Evaluation Rubric Design

Rubric for Rube Goldberg

Saigon STEAM Fair Rube Goldberg Rubric

More about the Global Goals

And a short video of 2:38 about the global goals. With Loki, James Bond, Katniss Everdeen, Mark Watney, Queen Rania, Bill Gates, Galahad, Mr. Darcy, Karl Mordo and others from the MCU, DC, J.J.Martin, District 12, J.R.R.Tolkien and all the like.

Science Fair Project 2019 - time guidelines