Three winners from the 2017 Wood County Science Fair presented their projects to West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s Education 305: Instructional Strategies in Science class on Friday, Jan. 19.
Eighth graders from Parkersburg Catholic High School Taylor Galloway (1st in division), Cecilia Shaw (“Best in Show”) and Paul Tetscher (3rd in division) presented their projects, “Super Heroes: Super Science or Super Fiction,” “Keep it Cool” and “Palmaris Longus,” respectively.
WVU Parkersburg’s Education 305 class is designed to facilitate elementary education majors in the teaching of science. The course investigates the teaching of science through discovery and inquiry.
“For our education majors, I want to prepare them to be excellent teachers. The only way I can do that is prepare them for the excellent students they will receive,” said WVU Parkersburg Associate Professor of Biology Uta Hempel. “In this instance, by exposing them to eighth graders and their quality work, I am getting their minds working.”
The purpose of the exercise was to teach science instructional strategies to elementary education majors and have them critique a science fair project using the Wood County rubric. In return, the college students create a presentation of their own.
“To put them in the mindset of a student, I have my pupils create a science fair project. I am preparing them for how hard it can really be to perform an experiment and construct a board. I also provide a rubric, so they know what I expect of them,” said Hempel. “This is an example of how we at WVU Parkersburg ensure our students are fully prepared for the future.”