Excelsior Science Challenge

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Excelsior Science Challenge

This group is formed to collaborate over the Excelsior Science Challenge.

Location: Victorville, CA
Members: 5
Latest Activity: Jan 22, 2014

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"Scientific American" vs "regular" scientific publications

Started by Sanjoy Som. Last reply by Sanjoy Som Dec 6, 2013. 2 Replies

Hi Craig,Excited about this project! I wanted to show you the difference between article types in terms of readability. I have attached 2 articles. One from Scientific American on how the gas methane…Continue

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Comment by Craig George on January 22, 2014 at 3:06pm

I'm trying to get final approval from my Minda within the week. We are finishing our first semester next week, and so it will be a good idea to start this up then. I'd like to collect applications from students starting February and have all of the teams together by the end of that month. I just don't know if my timetable would work well for the mentors. Do we know how many might be interested in helping out?


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Comment by Sanjoy Som on January 22, 2014 at 2:02pm

Hi Craig, I acknowledge receipt of this! When would you anticipate the program starting?

Comment by Craig George on January 22, 2014 at 1:01pm

Hi guys. It took some time to work out details, but I have a semi-finalized written plan for the Excelsior Science challenge. I would really appreciate it if you could look through this plan and let me know if its something you would like to participate in. If you can think of anything to improve as well, I'm all ears. Thanks everybody.Excelsior%20Science%20Challenge%20-%20Full%20explanation.docx

Comment by Craig George on December 5, 2013 at 12:29pm
Hi everybody,

My name is Craig George and I'm the physics teacher at Excelsior Charter School, in Victorville, CA. I'm writing in hopes of enticing you to participate with us in a new program we are implementing called the Excelsior Science Challenge. Please read through the details below to see if this interests you.
First a word about our school: We are a 7-12 grade charter school with an independent-study hybrid program. Our curriculum is designed to be accessible for students who attend regular classes on campus as well as students that opt to work independently at home. Our parent site is located in Victorville, California, and in our 17+ years of existence we have expanded into 4 additional sister sites in North Victorville, as well as the nearby cities of Barstow, Phelan, and Corona. We make use of common curriculum and common, computer-based assessments. This means that all students studying a particular subject use the same textbooks, complete their homework and studies over the same material in the same time frame, and take identical tests administered by computer. In doing this, we maximize the ability of our instructors to provide student support, enable students to provide greater support for each other in navigating the material, and allow ourselves greater accuracy in comparing student results and analyzing the success of our curriculum design.
In response to the generous offer of mentorship by the members of SAGAN, our school site is looking to implement the Excelsior Science Challenge for the Spring semester of 2014. In this activity, students will design a science experiment, raise funds to support their research, conduct the experiment, and present their findings to a panel of judges in the hopes of receiving a hefty prize for a top place finish. 
Our hope is that interested mentors will come forward to serve as a kind of principal investigator for a particular research team. Students will need advice in the design of their experiments, trouble shooting in its implementation, and advice on polishing their presentation of the material. Given that we are debuting the program this school year, we are not yet certain about the time commitment each team will need from their mentor/PI. In all likelihood it will be something like a 1 hour meeting via skype every two weeks or so, in addition to some email correspondence. If this is a commitment you think you can make we would love your help. 
Comment by Craig George on December 2, 2013 at 4:45pm

Hi everybody. I will be getting more information emailed out to anybody who is interested. Please let me know who I should send this to.

~Craig

 

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"Scientific American" vs "regular" scientific publications

Started by Sanjoy Som. Last reply by Sanjoy Som Dec 6, 2013. 2 Replies

Hi Craig,Excited about this project! I wanted to show you the difference between article types in terms of readability. I have attached 2 articles. One from Scientific American on how the gas methane…Continue

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