THE GSA STEM FAIR IS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2020.
Students must be in full uniform.
Rundown of event:
- Students should not be picked up at dismissal on this day as the event starts directly after school. Once the 2:45 bell rings, students head to the gym to set up their projects and displays. Students will use this time to go over what they will say to the judges and other teachers who view their projects.
- 3:45 p.m. - Students will eat pizza and snacks provided by GSA.
- 4:30 p.m. - Judging will begin.
- 6:00 p.m. - Doors open for family and friends. We kindly ask that only students, faculty, judges, and volunteers be present up until this point. Once doors open, the finalists from each grade level will be announed shortly after so that families can start heading home by 6:30.
- We are hoping that this scheduling helps make the drop off and pick up easier, considering that the students will already be at school in uniform and will be fed.
After school work sessions have been provided for students on Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:45-4:30 pm (excluding half days).
Due Dates (Grades 7 and 8)
Tri-fold Brochure/Fact Page: Monday, February 3, 2020.
Tri-fold Display (fully edited by me and completed): Monday, February 10, 2020.
Project (completed and tested): Friday, February 14, 2020.
Due Dates (Grade 6)
Video/Slide Show (fully edited): Monday, February 10, 2020
Display Board (fully edited): Thursday, February 13, 2020
About the ProjectEngin Program
The Archdiocesan Schools Office is excited to be partnering with ProjectEngin ( www.projectengin.com/ ) and thirty-eight of our elementary schools for the fourth year of the Archdiocesan STEM Fair Program. The STEM Fair Program, through its focus on “Global Challenges, Local Solutions”, embodies the imperative that we all share as educators and guardians – to prepare young people to care for each other and for the planet that is our shared home.
Students will be working on projects that they will be designing in groups of 4-5 students. Class time will be donated so that students can research together in their groups and plan their designs/projects. The challenges that the projects will be designed to focus on are based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals ( https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/ ) . These goals transcend national boundaries and show our young people that we can all work together to build a better world. Some of the issues highlighted in the Sustainable Development Goals include:
Hunger and food needs
Access to energy and light
Education for all
Infrastructure and transportation
Access to clean water
Care of the Earth’s natural resources
Equity and better living for all
Students will use the Engineering Design Process to develop solutions to challenges faced by people in various parts of the world. The STEM Fair Program will support the inclusion of more engineering and innovation within the school’s existing science and math curriculum. Students will be asked to consider a specific region to focus their work on, providing the opportunity for the inclusion of social studies, geography, and an understanding of other cultures. Throughout the program, students will be learning about project management, problem solving, collaboration and communication. This program gives students the opportunity to apply their learning to real world situations and to develop skills that will serve them well in various life situations. Students will be empowered by seeing how we can all be part of the solution.