The school science fair is meant to be an exciting way to bring traditional science curriculum to life. But many teachers feel the focus has shifted too much toward the spectacle of a culminating event and away from the process of experiential learning.
At Bank Street’s School for Children (SFC), teachers have replaced the fair with Science Expo, which takes place in-class over the course of six to ten weeks. The program emphasizes original thinking, inquiry, and scientific investigation throughout the curriculum in 5th to 8th grade classes. And it successfully incorporates math and language acquisition while teaching scientific principles applicable to the whole curriculum.
Learn more about Science Expo and free curriculum resources.
This integrative style of learning is something at which Bank Street has always excelled. Now, SFC and Bank Street’s Professional Development Office (PDO) are unveiling an online curriculum guide as a free resource for teachers everywhere to adopt the Science Expo approach in their own schools.
Science Expo was developed by Holley Adcock, a former SFC teacher with 40 years of classroom teaching experience. “This piece of curriculum epitomizes the constructivist, Bank Street model,” says Holley.
Wendy Apfel, the School’s Educational Technology Coordinator, aided Wendy in making the full program accessible via a wiki—a collaboratively-built website. Wendy explains,
“One of my roles at Bank Street is to support teachers’ implementation of technology as a learning tool for students that deepens their connection to curriculum. We developed the Science Expo wiki so that other teachers in the School for Children could easily use