Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Science Research Supporters

Encouragement for budding scientists comes from many directions at Owen J. Roberts School District. Students are supported by family, school and community.


Community and parent volunteers with professions in the fields of science and engineering report to the Board of Directors about the positive experience of supporting students with science research


At the Owen J. Roberts Board of School Directors Committee of the Whole Meeting on Monday, January 12, 2015, Dr. Heidi Lehmann, K-12 Science and Technology Supervisor, introduced a small sampling of the many community and school supporters for the district's science research program.
Many professionals from local/regional science organizations were present including representatives from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Glaxo Smith Kline and Lockheed Martin gave testimony to the importance of students being able to experience science and engineering.


There were several Science Research Coordinators in attendance at that meeting who spoke to the coordination of the exhibit and program.  Building-level coordinators work with the Dr. Lehmann and the building principal to develop, implement, and evaluate their school’s science fair.
Our coordinators work alongside our student scientists by providing competition guidelines, allocating equipment and expertise, as well as encouragement to stretch and challenge learning.



But the real work is done by budding scientists who take their curiosity to a level that may be analyzed and reported upon. Science research allows students a hands-on approach to learning in areas that the student finds relevant.
Behind the scenes judging



Science Research events are well attended. Pictured is a recent event at North Coventry Elementary

Owen J. Roberts' young scientists have been displaying and sharing results of their research throughout the month of January at our various elementary schools and middle school. Science Research Competitions showcase student projects and provide a forum for friendly competition. Several students from each school have been selected to represent our district at the Chester County level and potentially move to regional competition.


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