Annual Middle School Science Fair 2010

This is the ninth year that Sweet Briar hosted our annual Middle School Science fair, organized by our biochemistry professor, Jill Granger, and her students!

There were about 100 kids that presented in grades 5-8; plus another 15-20 4th-graders; plus teachers, administrators and chaperones, all of whom were involved in this amazing event.

Each participating student presented a poster that was judged for effectiveness in conveying essential scientific research components, such as hypothesis, methodology and observations. The participating students needed to demonstrate their understanding of the research and were judged on their presentation of the material.

We had about 30 SBC student judges who conducted interviews with the participating middle school students in the Williams Gynasium. The scores were tallied and 10 students in grade 5 and another 10 students from grade 6-8 were recognized. The 4th-graders also conducted interviews and the 4th-grade scores were tallied and "People's Choice" awards were given to the top 5. 

Our Sweet Briar students also did a "show" at the end of the day.

Science and Math by Inquiry
Inquiry Approaches to Math and Science: Grades 3-8
"The Science by Inquiry project at Sweet Briar College is a community of teacher-scholar-researchers who take an investigative approach to the teaching and learning of science and mathematics. Teachers, and their students, develop a better understanding of the nature of science by experiencing the inquiry method through authentic investigation of scientific principles, allowing them to link theory to practice as they learn. Connecting Central Virginia third- through eighth-grade classroom teachers with college science and mathematics faculty, the project provides participants with a variety of entry points, opportunities and support for understanding and implementing inquiry methods of teaching and learning. By creating an educational environment that is both intense and supportive, the project team prepares teachers and their students to approach the process and content of science and mathematics with enthusiasm and confidence.

Brownie Science Try-It Day (BSTID)
Girl Scouts in the Lynchburg area ( Amherst, Nelson and Campbell counties), who are in the second and third grades, could earn up to seven “Try-Its,” the Brownie equivalent of a merit badge, in math and science during this event. The event is usually held annually in Prothro Dining Hall on Sweet Briar campus at the beginning of the year. This is an opportunity for our science majors to teach young Brownie troops fun science! Visit our photo gallery.

inChemistry Magazine
inChemistry is the official ACS student member magazine. Published quarterly, each issue covers special topics in chemistry, careers, professional development and other topics of concern to undergraduate students in the chemical sciences. Our students, advisors and mentors are encouraged to share their success stories by submitting articles to the magazine. Past issues can be found in their archive.