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  • February 09, 2020 12:58 PM | Joshua Conway (Administrator)

    The Greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair will take place on March 21, 2020 at the RPI Sage and Walker Labs. The Fair is a regional for both the STANYS Science Congress and the International Science and Engineering Fair. It also feeds into the Intermediate level Broadcom Masters Competition.

    Science research is closely articulated to NGSS. When students do original research, they have ownership over their learning and in the process learn the nature of science as described under Science and Engineering Practices. Students ask questions and define problems. They plan and carry out investigations. They analyze and interpret data. They have first hand experience with identifying patterns and connecting cause and effect phenomena.

    If you do not have a science research program at your school, I highly recommend you initiate one. Overseeing science research students can become one of the most rewarding you do as an educator. If you would like to set up a high school science research program at your school, then I highly recommend a program that began via an NSF grant written By Dr. Daniel Wulff, Professor Emeritus at the University of Albany. This research program is coordinated by Len Behr.He can be reached at: lbehr@albany.edu. I developed a Middle Level program when I was teaching at Burnt Hills. I will be happy to share that program with you.If you would like to learn about the science fair, I suggest you volunteer the day of the fair. Please contact me if you can help. I can be contacted at: gcrsef@gmail.com.

    Joan Wagner
    Director of Greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair

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