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Teacher’s Guide

STEM East Expo is designed to allow students the opportunity to discover, investigate and apply new strategies that will lead them to a 21st Century understanding of science, technology and the world around them. Allow your students to work in class, at home or during enrichment activities to give them the opportunity to develop their STEM expo projects. The goal of this guide is to provide you with some tools to help you and your students along the way.


  • Must be enrolled in the Anglophone East School District in grades 3 to 12.

  • The maximum number of projects per school has been predetermined based on school population

    • K-5 schools may send 5 projects

    • K-8 schools may send 10 projects

    • 6-8 schools may send 5 projects

    • 9-12 schools may send 10 projects

  • Additional spots may be available, please contact Bryan Ouellette (bryan.ouellette@nbed.nb.ca)

  • Projects must be submitted with 2-3 participants (in the event of an award, the prize is shared equally between the students).

  • You may choose to enter a school wide or class project, however only 2-3 students will represent the group (one overall prize may be awarded to the winning group).

  • Teachers submit application by email on or before Friday, March 3rd, 2017 to Bryan Ouellette.





Exhibit Specifications

  • Space is limited, your project will be confined to the size of your trifold poster board.

  • You are responsible for ALL materials necessary to demonstrate your experiment or innovation.

  • Electricity will be provided. Wifi MAY be available if it is integral to your project please contact Bryan Ouellette (bryan.ouellette@nbed.nb.ca)


  • The following may not be exhibited: open flames, live animals, flammable liquids, microbial cultures, plants, soil, bio-degradable material, and lasers in working order.

  • Dangerous chemicals are not permitted, however, substitutes such as sugar, water, food dyes, salt, molasses, and other non-toxic substances may be used to simulate dangerous chemicals.

Date: ___________________
Dear Parents/Guardians:
Your child has expressed an interest in submitting a project for the STEM East Expo 2017. This is an exciting opportunity for them to explore an area of interest in science, technology, engineering or mathematics while also having the chance to work on numeracy, literacy and communication skills.
Since your child has the chance to pick his or her own STEM project, they can choose anything from the physics of making music to the biology of tide pool animals to developing their very own app. Whatever they choose, they will have the chance to experience the joy of discovery.
When starting a STEM project, a student chooses a question they would like to answer. Then, they undertake targeted library and Internet research to gain the background information needed to formulate a hypothesis and design an experimental procedure. After writing a report to summarize this background research, the student performs the experiment, draws conclusions and communicates the results to judges at the STEM East Expo on Thursday, March 30, 2017.
Through time management and project planning, your child will take on the responsibility of completing a project over an extended period of time. Your child will discover his or her creativity by brainstorming STEM project questions and ideas and figuring out how to display the process and results. A STEM project, through its challenge to ask question and discover, is truly a real-world experience in innovation, similar to what scientists, engineers, mathematicians and those in the technology industry do in their careers.
We will provide your child with sufficient support to succeed so that they develop enthusiasm for scientific discovery. To help you support your child we have included a basic guide for how to help your child without getting over-involved as well as a planning guide for students to help them manage their project.
If you have any questions, please email me at ________________________________________, or phone at __________________________.


Parent’s Guide to Science Projects
Information on the Scientific Method - STEM projects should follow the six-step scientific method. These steps are shown on the chart below.
Time Management - The Student STEM Project Schedule can be used as a starting point for students to determine the steps they need to complete. Help your child stay on task and on time by getting out your family calendar and looking for any scheduling conflicts such and vacations. Block out times for trips to the library and other work time.
How to Help - As your child works on their project, they will likely face stumbling blocks. To help, ask questions to help your child figure things out; don’t just provide the answers. Open-ended questions such as “What else could you try to solve this?” or “What is stopping you from going to the next step?” are best. Sometime just talking about it can help children get unstuck. If not, ask the teacher for help. Respect your child’s independence in learning by helping at the right level.

Helping at the right level:

Going too far:

  • Discussing with your child whether a project idea seems practical

  • Picking an idea and project for your child. A topic not of interest will turn into a boring project

  • Doing an Internet search and printing out articles

  • Asking how the hypothesis relates to an experiment the child can do

  • Writing the hypothesis yourself

  • Assisting in finding materials

  • Monitoring safety (you should always observe any steps involving heat or electricity)

  • Asking how your child will record the data in a data table

  • Reminding your child to tie the data back to the hypothesis and draw a conclusion

  • Creating a spreadsheet and making the graphs yourself, even if your child helps type in values

  • Announcing the conclusion yourself

  • Acting as the audience for their presentation

  • Helping to bring their display board to the Expo

STEM Project Proposal Formhttps://portal.nbed.nb.ca/sites/district2/plcrc/stem expo/stem east logo no date.jpg

The question we plan to investigate:

The materials we need:

What Will We Test?

What ONE thing will we be changing?

Independent Variable

What will we measure or observe?

Dependent Variables

What will we keep the same throughout?

Controlled Variables

How will we collect and showcase our data?

Our group has discussed and agrees on the above proposal. We are willing to commit to following through on this project.


Student Signature


Student Signature


Student Signature

Projet de STEM – Proposition de planhttps://portal.nbed.nb.ca/sites/district2/plcrc/stem expo/stem east logo no date.jpg

La question que nous voulons investiguer est :

Le matériel dont nous avons de besoin:

Qu’est-ce que nous allons tester?

Une chose que nous avons décidé de changer?

Variable indépendante

Qu’est-ce que nous allons mesurer ou observer?

Variable dépendante

Qu’est-ce qui va rester le même pendant toute l’expérience?

Variables contrôlées

Comment allons-nous collectionner nos données et nos résultats? Comment allons-nous partager ces résultats avec les autres&

Notre groupe a discuté et nous sommes tous d’accord avec la proposition suivante. Nous nous engageons à faire de notre mieux et de travailler sur ce projet.


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Signature de l’élève


Signature de l’élève

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