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Inquiry & Nature of Science Events. Division B. Awesome Aquifer. Resources Groundwater Foundation Virginia Groundwater Event Format - Station #1 (25%): Written test on groundwater concepts and vocabulary
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Inquiry & Nature of Science Events Division B
Awesome Aquifer • Resources • Groundwater Foundation • Virginia Groundwater • Event Format - • Station #1 (25%): Written test on groundwater concepts and vocabulary • Station #2 (25%): Written test utilizing resources (provided by event supervisor) such as maps, charts, graphs, models or scientific publications • Stations 3 & 4 (50%): Explanation and demonstration of required concepts using aquifer model.
Aquifer Model • Building & Presentation • Students must bring all materials for Aquifer Model • At Station #3, students will build model to explain and demonstrate concepts chosen by event supervisor and selected from list on soinc.org. Teams may make notes at this time for presentation. • At Station #4, students will present required concepts to judges. Judges may ask clarifying questions only if team has completed presentation • Teams earn points for comprehensiveness, accuracy, and clarity (NOT artistic appeal.)
Compute This – Weather & Storms • Resources • http://www.noaa.gov • Team created, publicly accessible websites to organize URL links • Event Format • Teams will use one internet connected computer to capture quantitative information • Teams will use an Open Office, MS-compatible word processor and spreadsheet to present data and complete short answer questions • No external communication, calculators (including those found online), or information other than that available on www.noaa.gov
Experimental Design • Resources • http://www.soinc.org • Wright Center (Tufts) • Event Format • Up to 3 students allowed • Students may bring a timepiece, a ruler and a calculator • All students will be given identical ‘kits’ and instructions for general nature of the experiment to conduct • Items provided must allow students to conduct an experiment involving the relationship between independent and dependent variables • Students will be given an outline to follow when conducting their experiment with additional paper to record data, graphs, and procedures • Use Experimental Design Rubric for 2011 for practice
Write It / Do It (WIDI) • Event Format • One ‘writer’ and one ‘do-er’ from each team, split into 2 rooms • All ‘writers’ are given identical abstract models made from a variety of items such as household materials, science materials, office or commercial kits (no limits!) • ‘Writers’ are given 25 minutes to describe model and how to build it using only characters found on standard keyboard using single keys or single keys with SHIFT. • ‘Do-ers’ are 20 minutes to utilize instructions to rebuild model. They will be given a kit containing parts not limited to those required to build model. • Scoring • Team that builds the object nearest to the original and has properly written instructions will be declared the winner.