STEM Night Thursday April 23rd

SFE 2nd Annual STEM Night

The Foundation of Shallowford Falls is excited to host the 2nd Annual STEM Night at SFE on April 23rd from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Families will get hands-on experience in STEM education, with experiments in science, technology, engineering, and math. This year, there will be demonstrations from local scientists in their field of work, visits from historic scientific characters, the STARLab, and more! Students who attend will receive a homework pass!

We couldn’t run this event without volunteers! If you are able to help out for one hour, please sign up at:

2nd Annual Science Fair


We had an amazing Science Fair on Thursday evening.  All of the students who participated did innovative and interesting projects!

We want to congratulate all the winners!

3rd grade

3rd place winners were Victoria Damato and Katie Yim

2nd Place winners were Evyn Shelnutt and Kelly Wu

1st place went to Charlie Williams with Magic of Flight


4th grade

3rd place winners were Caroline Heintzelman and Cetta Gatto

2nd plance winners were Ben Lee and Grant Thomas

1st place winners were Liam Murray and Jace Lavelle with Rubber Bands for Energy


5th grade

3rd place winners were Nicole Shamaie, Emma Altrichter, Marena Amorim

2nd  place winners were Emma Riser and Madison Nathan

1st place winner was Bryce Horton and Gavin Sollenberger  with The Drop!


Congratulations to all the winners!  First place winners will go onto county competition on Sat. March 7 at Walton High School!


Science Fair Participants


Science Fair Participants We know you have worked so hard on your projects! We can’t wait to see them!


 Be sure to label all materials with name/grade/homeroom teacher Science Fair


Fourth Graders Create Mufflers to Block out Sound

Fourth Graders have been busy engineering mufflers that will block out sound in the STEM Lab the last 2 weeks.  This lesson goes with the 4th grade sound standards.  The students were so creative!  They are also doing a terrific job improving their designs!

Join us in the STEM Lab

We love volunteers to join us in the STEM Lab.  Here are sign ups for Feb. and March!  We can’t wait to see you!













2nd Annual Shallowford Science Fair Coming!!

We will be holding a Science Fair this year on Thursday, Feburary 12th, 2015!  Here’s your chance for any student 3-5 to show off their curiosity and enthusiasm for science!  We will have winners at every grade level. And the 1st place winner from 3rd, 4th and 5th grade will go on to compete in the District Elementary Science Fair on Saturday, March 7th 2015 at Walton High School, along with Regional Science Olympiad! We have an application for your project outside the Science Lab.  With that said, it’s never too late to get started!!  Here are some things to consider as you begin:

Projects may be entered into the district science fair in one of two categories: 

  • Individual project
  • Group project (up to 3 students)

Each science fair project must consist of a student-led scientific investigation (following accepted scientific methods) and a display to present the investigation results to judges and other science fair attendees. (Science notebooks or journals are not required but they are encouraged to increase understanding and preparation for middle school science.) Students should follow their school’s science fair guidelines when investigating and presenting their science fair projects.

Note: Biological and zoological projects are acceptable at the discretion of a school’s science fair team and/or science fair coordinator. Schools are strongly encouraged not to allow students to experiment with molds or bacteria of any kind, as these can be particularly hazardous to student health.  Volcanoes or robots will not be accepted as experiments.

You will need to fill out a Science Fair Registartion Form and turn it in to the Science Lab by Friday, January 16th!

Your Projects need to be brought to school by Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 between 7:20am- 4:00pm

Projects should:

  • Answer question(s)
  • Support results with data
  • Follow the Scientific Method
    • Define the question
    • Do some research on your question/topic
    • Form a hypothesis
    • Perform the experiment and collect data
    • Analyze data
    • Interpret data and communicate conclusion

What makes a great project:

  • Students come up with their own question based on their own interests
  • Students design an investigation to answer their question(s)
  • Use Best Practices
    • Student initiated and completed
    • Experiment-based
    • Data-driven results analyzed and written by students in a journal

Displays should have:

  • Quantitative data includes numbers and/or units of measure
  • Measurements: height, weight, voltage, time, distance, quantity
  • Data presentation: graph, matrix, table, etc.
  • Comparative data that validates (proves) conclusions
  • Display Board
  • Pictures
  • Procedure
  • Data
  • Notebook or Journal


and here is the info on SCIENTIFIC METHOD:

Before  you begin chose a topic and category

Ask yourself “What am I interested in?” or “What subject do I want to learn about?”.

1. State your PURPOSE

 Identify a Problem or Question.  What is the reason you are doing this experiment.

What questions do you have about your topic?  What do you want to know?  State the problem as a question.


2. RESEARCH the Problem and your Topic

What do you need to learn about so that you can solve your problem or answer your question?  Where can you search for information?

Learn as much as you can about your topic and problem.  Research can be from many different sources including people, books, magazines, the internet, or your own experience.

After you do your research you may want to restate your question in a better way.


3. Write a Hypothesis

A hypothesis is a prediction.  What is your prediction of the answer to your question?  What do you think will happen? 

Guess at what the answer to your question will be.  This is not a mystery.  You have educated yourself on the topic and by now you should be able to make a guess at the answer based on your learning.  This is also called an “Educated Guess”.

Remember that some of the best discoveries happened when the hypothesis was wrong!  So don’t be afraid to tell us what you think will happen!

4. Design the Experiments

How will you test your hypothesis?  What tests will answer your question?  You must test enough samples to prove your point.

Define the variables that will change from one experiment to the next.  Amount of water?  Amount of plant food?  What MATERIALS will you need?

Plan the tests you want to perform so that you have a good idea how much time you will need to complete them in the time allotted for your project.  How long will you have to grow your plants to get good data?

Test your hypothesis by executing your experiments.  Be sure to keep good records of your data and observations so that you can analyze your results and present your data to others. 

5. Analyze the data and results

This is where you will do some math. What do your results tell you?  Look at your experimental data.  Organize it.  Do any formulas that are needed. Do you see any trends or information that proves or disproves your hypothesis?

Graphs are a big help.  Graphs not only help you understand your data but they will also help others to quickly  understand what you did.

6. Make a Conclusions and recommendations.

Was your hypothesis right or wrong?  It is OK to be wrong.  The objective of the scientific method is to investigate a problem and work toward a solution.  Sometimes you will end an experiment and have new questions.  If so, those new questions are part of your conclusions.  Sometimes a conclusion proposes a new hypothesis and new experiments with recommendations for further study.

Even if you have disproved your hypothesis you have still done a good job if you correctly applied the scientific method.

Do you have any recommendations as to who could use your findings and how they may want to apply them to?



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