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Postponing the Dr. Walter Cooper Academy's Science Fair to This Fall (2019) ...

The School-Based Planning Team and the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) at Dr. Walter Cooper Academy have invited the RES to help with the development of the “First Annual”, Dr. Walter Cooper Academy Science Fair.

Using RES Volunteer/Mentors, we had hoped to help our students to prepare their projects this Spring, and hold the Science Fair, this June. However, it seems that too many of us are unavailable in May & June of this (or any?) year, so we’ve decided to postpone the event to next Fall. On our way to finding mentors for this, we have received assurances that many of those not available this Spring would indeed look forward to such an opportunity, next October, November & December.

The PTO has developed a step-by-step plan for the Kick–Off, Student Selection and Exhibition portions of our Fall 2019 Science Fair. This plan begins when the teachers of our 3rd – 6th Graders introduce the concept of a science fair to their students on Friday, October 18th. On this day, they will be witness to an RES-Sponsored School Assembly Program that will include exhibits of various technologies, designed to stimulate the students’ curiosity, so that groups of students can then visit these displays and hear about the various principles of science that they represent.

Having seen these exhibits, the students will then be offered the opportunity to participate in the science fair by submitting an application, by Friday, October 25th, expressing their interest, and agreeing to complete the required work.

The following week, RES Volunteer-Mentors will meet with a small group of students, during their 40 minute science blocks (classes), to help them choose a phenomenon, plan their investigation and design the presentation of their findings for the fair. Homework might be given, as needed. For this first-time attempt, participation will be limited to a total of about 26 students.

Twice-weekly meetings of RES Volunteer-Mentors and their assigned students, in preparation for the fair, will begin during first week of November, and continuing for the next four weeks, with the fair scheduled for the first week of December.

Science blocks (40 minute classes) occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 9:50AM and 2:55PM as follows:
 Grade 3 (age 8 yrs) – 11:00AM – 11:40AM

Grade 4 (age 9 yrs) – 1:30PM – 2:10PM

Grade 5 (age 10 yrs) – 2:15PM – 2:55PM

Grade 6 (age 11 yrs) – 9:50AM – 10:30AM, 12:30PM – 1:00PM, and 1:30PM – 2:10PM

Remembering how much science meant to you, as a young student, won’t you please consider volunteering for this important opportunity to support our Scholars at Dr. Walter Cooper Academy?!? You can become the “help” these young people need.

Even just two hours a week of your time can make a big difference in the life of a Dr. Walter Cooper Academy Scholar…

Questions???  Reach out to RES Past President Lee Loomis and the RES Tutoring Team at…

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