The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.
In Science, students explore and investigate big questions related to the world around them. When students learn through the lens of science, they move beyond factual recall and develop the science-related attitudes, skills and knowledge needed to solve problems and make decisions. Students become lifelong learners through maintaining their sense of wonder about the world around them.
They explore, investigate and find out how things work in order to answer questions and satisfy their curiosities. Learning about science provides a framework for students to deepen their understanding and interpret the world around them. At each grade level, students explore topics related to: change; energy; matter; systems; interactions/relationships; forces; and diversity.
Science Fair at RTA:
All students at RTA participate in Science Fair. Home room teachers introduce Science Fair in the classrooms, providing mini lessons on board set up, research questions, presentation, etc. Classroom time is provided to students to work on projects; however, there is an expectation that students will also work on their projects at school. The November Parent Teachers Conference is an excellent opportunity for families to touch base with the school regarding Science Fair. RTA will provide students with general supplies, including a trifold (thanks to School Council): paint, cardboard, scissors, tape, glue, flour, corn starch, etc. However, some splashier supplies, such as glitter boarders, must be purchased by students. Because our grade 7-9 students do not have a designated Home room class, one option class, during block 2 is set aside for Science Fair. In early February, students present their Science Fair projects during our Open House and Celebration of Learning. Projects are judged according to the CYSF rubric by a multitude of experts: RTA families, Mount Royal and St. Mary University students and volunteering experts.
RTA Science Fair 2019-2020
- All students at RTA participated in Science Fair.
- We had judges that ranged from professionals, teachers, student teachers from University, and parents, many with PHDs and Masters' degrees.
- We tried to pair judges and students with like-knowledge for the first round of judging.
- All judges were volunteers.
- All projects were judged by volunteers using the CYSF rubric.
- All projects were assessed by RTA teachers based on the grade level RTA Science Fair rubric (connected to the Programs of Study).
- We had 9 spots open for Division 3 .
- We had 7 spots open for Division 2.
- There were 415 projects in total.
- Candidates were selected based on CYSF rubrics, RTA Science Fair rubric and a teacher committee.
- Several students scored in the high 90s to 100.
- Students were not selected based on their Science Fair topic.
- Students were not given their CYSF scores, but they were given feedback in how to improve their project.
- We had a myriad of amazing projects!