A truly exciting and special opportunity at Short Avenue Elementary School is Science Mania. In a six-week long project spearheaded by teachers and assisted at home by parents and care givers, kindergartners through sixth graders explore science by selecting an area of interest and hone their understanding of the scientific method as they develop their scientific questions from observations and research, construct an hypothesis and test it analyzing data and forming a conclusion. The project culminates as students present their experiments and demos to the class and then field questions about their work.
Preparing a science fair project incorporates active learning. There are numerous benefits of science projects involving organizational skills, reading, logical thinking, writing, grammar and spelling, math, statistics and data analysis, computer science, and graphic arts, as well as scientific methodology and enhanced meaningful relationships with families as they assist and help guide the process. Our student also participate in a formal presentation and demo, so they practice public speaking, and learn how to explain and defend their work. Motivation, self-learning, critical thinking, ethics and self-esteem also may be strengthened as scientific process unfolds.