Our 7th graders did a wonderful job of exploring the scientific process for their science fair presentations in January. Below are two reflection papers, written voluntarily by students who participated, elaborating on all that they gained during the process. The student writers are Renceh Flojo and Lyric Medeiros, who went above and beyond by submitting these essays.
7th Grade Science Fair
by Renceh Flojo
The 7th grade science was meant to kindle our interest in experimentation and research. It also helped my classmates and I to practice our public speaking skills. When we had to present our topic, we had to prepare our speech and get comfortable talking in front of crowds. But even before the actual science fair happened there was tons of preparation.
Our preparation required us to routinely turn checks in of our project. We had to decide on our topic and make our board look impeccable. Once everything was done, it was time to present. The science fair took place in the gym on Thursday, January 30, 2014. The entire grade level presented with in depth knowledge of their topic. To whomever we presented, my classmates and I had to be prepared for any question that may come our way. After we finished presenting and the science fair was over, all were thankful for the people who prepared us.
The mentors who prepared us were the teachers, and parents prepared us a great deal. Parents listened to our speeches and presentations, helped us by driving us to our partners and buying our supplies. The teachers also played a great deal too. The teachers initiated the science fair, got the venue and helped us complete our task. Looking back at the science fair, it was fun and mind-boggling.
When it was the day of the science fair I was nervous but also calm at the same time. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I knew my topic well enough to explain it. As we began presenting I got less nervous as time progressed, but when it was over, I was grateful. As I look back on it, what we did was incredible! We prepared for a long time and gave our presentations like there was no tomorrow. It was an accomplishment I am proud of. This is what I took away from our science fair experience.
The Science Fair 2014
by Lyric Medeiros
At Maryknoll, we strive to become 21st century learners, leaders and citizens of character. One example of this is the recent science fair held by our seventh graders in the Clarence T.C Ching Gymnasium. Many students expressed that the science fair was unique, exciting and challenging.
Our science fair was unique, filled with many original ideas, technology skills, and a mix of public speaking in between. Ideas like the comparison of oils and the importance of skin moisturization were topics that stood out not only to the seventh graders, but to parents too. In addition to finding a topic, we had the options of a display board for the creative artistic minds, or a powerpoint for the more tech-skilled students. Finally, between all of the facts and experimentation, we had to explain the reasons why we chose our topics in the first place. That required us to use our language arts skills and to practice our public speaking for the clarity of our audience.
While the science fair was extraordinary, it was also very exciting. From the moment it started, we were absolutely ready to show our ideas to everyone and the hard work put into this massive project. In the end, as thrilled as we were about how we presented, the future thoughts of what our experiments could be, was definitely the bigger picture. Grade wise, we were all confident in how we presented and were excited to see our scores too.
Like many things in life, we face challenges. But the best part about a challenge, is overcoming it, and I truly believe we did. Our success showed throughout the day also. With the daily stages of work that needed to be completed, partners needed to schedule time and be flexible with each other. As seventh graders, we are expected to be impartial with our evaluations for each and every board, which can be a bit difficult knowing that we could be grading our best friends project.
In conclusion, the Maryknoll science fair was an educational and a fun experience. I believe that many of the projects from the fair could be the newest thing in the future, because at Maryknoll, the opportunities are endless!