Final Science Project 2012

by Mrs. Nilsen on May 18th, 2012

Science Weekly News 5/14 - 5/18

Good evening Science students and parents,

I wanted to thank all of you for incredible ideas and energy I’ve already seen this last week for our Final Science Projects!  It’s really difficult to jump from one big project to another, but here at MRA, we believe in hands-on learning that challenges and invites students to make a real difference in their lives and our community.  (Next year I’m planning on having the Science Fair earlier in the year.  Then, if we do a Final Science Project similar to this year, they won’t be back to back.  For this year though, we are all just rolling with the punches.) 

This project is very different from the one we just finished.  The Science Fair was individual, the 
Final Science Project is a group project.  The Science Fair was very structured, and this project is more open.  I’m excited to see where students take it.  A few groups are already doing incredible things.  I want them to shoot for the moon, but we will need a lot of help to make that happen these last few weeks.

Here’s an excerpt of the assignment (that can be found on Engrade):

“Final Science Project 2012!
Our year studying Systems and Structures is almost over.  I wanted to find a way for us to show off the knowledge we’ve gained this year and benefit our community.  Your task is to do just that.  In small groups, you will work as a team…and take what we’ve learned this year and apply it to our community (MRA, Molalla, or beyond!)…This is a wonderful opportunity to use your time, energy, and newfound knowledge to actually do something in our community.  I’m expecting good, quality, thoughtful, impactful projects and will except nothing but the best from MRA students.  Good luck!”

Parents, be sure to ask your student for specific details of what they are doing and what they hope to accomplish for the community by completing their project.  I’m looking forward to helping them finish!

I’m also thinking of getting a 8th grade only event planned the last week (or weekend) of school.  I’m talking with the other teachers before I set the date, but I’d like to have students for a campfire complete with hot dogs (even a few vegetarian ones, Raelene), marshmallows, and, of course, SONGS! I’m hoping to create an atmosphere that is fun, but also transitional. Students will have an opportunity to reflect on their year(s) here at MRA and their imminent transition into High School.  If you’re interested in being a part of this, let me know.  (I’ll mention this in the Homeroom Weekly News as well)


Tuesday, May 22st
- Homework Club 3-4pm

Wednesday, May 23rd
- Bump-up Day (No Science Rotation)
- Early Release @ 1:30pm

Friday, May 25th
- Homework Club 3-4pm

*Don’t’ forget to mark your calendars for these end of the year events:

Monday, June 11th
- Portfolio Showcase
- 8th Grade Project Presentations
- Graduation @ 4 pm (be looking for announcements coming home soon!)

Tuesday, June 12th
- Field Day
- Last Day of School!!

Thank you, as always, for the pleasure of working with such fine, capable, passionate students.  Enjoy your weekend (and Greenstock if you're going!)

Posted in Science Updates    Tagged with Group work, Hands-on


Devin - May 24th, 2012 at 1:03 PM
It definetly is an interesting project, mostly because we are challenged to spread our knowledge throughout our own community. In a way that is related to science and is somewhat beinificial to our community, but otherwise it is definetly an achievable project and an interesting one at that.
Derek - May 24th, 2012 at 1:06 PM
I am really excited to finish up the science project, but then I am going to be sad because there are going to be no more of them.
Bryce - May 24th, 2012 at 1:06 PM
I like that we are able to work in groups, since on our Science fair project we had to work by our selves.
Luke - May 24th, 2012 at 2:39 PM
I'm ready to get started with this project. We have a good topic and good group members. I like how we get to decide what we do for our project and how much we do. Hopefully after this project we don't have to do anymore.
Ashlynn - May 24th, 2012 at 3:40 PM
I kind of like that we are getting to choose and work with groups, but at the same time I feel like a lot more could already be accomplished if it was just an individual project. This project is really fun, and I love how we get to make our own dates when things are due, but I really like set dates better. Oh, by the way, that 8th grade only event sounds like it would be fun! :)
Cody - May 24th, 2012 at 3:50 PM
I'm looking forward to the end on the final project and of school. I can't wait to see all the final science projects and the end of school. Come to me summer! Faster!
Mont - May 29th, 2012 at 1:16 PM
I wasn't that excited when I heard about the final project because I thought that the science fair was going to be the last thing we did. However, I am okay with it. I like that we got to have groups and not have to be on our own.
Tristan - May 29th, 2012 at 2:39 PM
I am happy that we get to work in groups. I was disapointed that the science fair wasint the final project but this project has been fun. I think that I have a good group so I think we can get everything done.
Hannah G. - May 29th, 2012 at 3:53 PM
I love writing and finding research and all that stuff, so when I heard we got to do this project, I was really happy! I like working (sometimes), and working as a group is really nice to get a chance to work together.
Kobe - May 30th, 2012 at 12:58 PM
I like how we can work in groups. It helps us work better. I like the fact that it might help the community.
Max - May 30th, 2012 at 3:54 PM
We are just about done with the sience project. It was fun to work on and see how much it affects the younger grades. Its fun to see them react.
Ben - May 31st, 2012 at 2:27 PM
I can't wait until I finish my project. It's going to be so cool with all the animals and brain diagrams. It's hard haveing to find all the research and setting up. Especially research for the pacific treefrog. It was to find info about. When it's done it's going to be amzing.
Edan - June 4th, 2012 at 3:32 PM
Our final project is about saving energy and water. We presented to every classroom in the school on how to save energy and water. We hope they will follow the advice we gave them.

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