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ERIC Number: EJ1046096
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8555
Science Challenge Day
Siegel, Deborah
Science Teacher, v80 n9 p51-55 Dec 2013
Science fairs can be good motivators, but as extracurricular activities, they leave some students behind. However, by staging a Science Challenge Day at school, educators can involve all students in doing everything from choosing activities to judging projects. This article presents a model for running a successful Science Challenge Day. The author and her colleagues conducted a Science Challenge Day during a recent year to meet the International Baccalaureate Organization's requirement to assess personal skills: self motivation, perseverance, teamwork, and self-reflection (IBO 2007). The event can be used for much more, however. It could help assess any number of laboratory process skills, or, with a specific theme, it could reinforce classroom concepts. They found the event to be genuinely fun while also letting students work in teams, apply their critical-thinking skills, and compete in a non-traditional manner.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A