Project: Missouri Regional Science & Engineering Fair

Teacher: Jennifer Berendzen
School: Wentzville Holt High School
Location: Wentzville, Missouri USA
Start Date: 08/29/2011
End Date: 02/29/2012
Project Plan
Unique Requests of
Participating Mentors:

This class is an independent science research class that students must apply for, and they are primarily juniors and seniors. Each year, several of my students go on to compete at the national and international level, so that is the level of project that they are all expected to produce. They are allowed to select their own topics, and this year they are as varied as building a robotic hand, investigating traditional vs. homeopathic remedies for acne, and using monoclonal antibodies to target beta amyloid buildup in Alzheimer's patients. They need to get started ASAP, and their formal papers must be completed by Feb. 10, so really all data needs to be collected by mid-January 2012 at the very latest. Thanks!


The student and mentor will work together under the teacher's supervision to create a science research project submitted in the school science fairs and create presentations to share with the community.


Science & Technology 9th Grade Outcome: 2. Examine how choices regarding the use of technology are influenced by constraints caused by various unavoidable factors (e.g., geographic location, limited resources, social, political and economic considerations). 3. Create a solution to a problem given more than two constraints (e.g. limits of cost and time for design and production, supply of materials and environmental effects). 4. Evaluate the overall effectiveness of a product design or solution. Science Inquiry 9th Grade Outcomes: 1. Choose the appropriate tools or instruments and use relevant safety procedures to complete scientific investigations. 2. Describe the concepts of sample size and control and explain how these affect scientific investigations. 3. Read, construct and interpret data in various forms produced by self and others in both written and oral form (e.g., tables, charts, maps, graphs, diagrams and symbols). 4. Apply appropriate math skills to interpret quantitative data (e.g. mean, median, and mode). Scientific Ways of Knowing 8th Grade Outcomes: 1. Identify the difference between description (e.g., observation and summary) and explanation (e.g. inference, prediction, significance and importance). 2. Explain why it is important to examine data objectively and not let bias affect observations.



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Student Outcomes:

Student will maintain a notebook with all correspondence and products. All students will create a presentation for the school Science Fair.

Evaluation of
Student Outcomes:

Students will write a final letter to the mentor which will include a self-evaluation of the project, including what the student did well, what he would like to have done to improve upon the project, and what the mentor contributed to the project.

Teacher Role:

Teacher's Role: Teacher will aid student in identifying research areas of interest. Teacher will create guidelines for students to follow for science projects. Teacher will evaluate student products.

Mentor Role:

Mentor's Role: Mentor will aid students in mastering and applying the scientific method during the course of developing a project for the science fair.