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Research Challenge/Science Fair Bootcamps (6.5 Hours; Live via Zoom)

Saturday 9/12/20 OR Saturday 9/19/20 

The 2020 live, virtual (Zoom) Research Challenge Bootcamp will present the current year’s ISEF Rules for Pre-College Research along with highlighting pertinent changes from last year.  The content will cover all ISEF Forms and when to complete each one as well as providing participants with an understanding of how to do a thorough protocol review & provide constructive feedback to students. 

This professional development module includes training for schools that wish to field their own Scientific Review Committee (SRC)/Institutional Review Board (IRB) in order to be able to review student research protocols (human, microorganisms, hazardous "stuff") for approval PRIOR to the start of data collection as required in the Intel ISEF Rules for Pre-College Research for some types of projects.  

Participants will have opportunities to engage in small groups and complete interactive activities to apply knew knowledge including, but not limited to reviewing case study protocols.  There is also a module within the training that will introduce the relationship of CCSS and NGSS standards to project-based, independent student research/engineering design projects.

The self-paced, online version of this training may be substituted for the live Zoom-based training. However, for those who have never attended the face-to-face Bootcamp, we highly recommend attending on-site at least the first time through as there tend to be a lot of questions that can be best answered in person. This training is open to educators/competition coordinators from outside the Central NM SERC region. However, all participants will need to consult with their regional fair director to ensure clarity on the rules & deadlines specific to their regional competition.

CENTRAL NM REGION: Completion of either the in person or online course at least ONE committee member from each school wishing to field a local SRC/IRB at the Research Challenge Bootcamp is MANDATORY!!  

Completion of either live Zoom-based course OR the self-paced online version by at least ONE person from each school planning to send students to the Central NM STEM Research Challenge is also MANDATORY. 

REGISTRATION LINK for 9/12/20

REGISTRATION LINK for 9/19/20

Research Challenge/Science Fair Bootcamp (Online, Self-Paced)

Course will be available no later than September 30th, 2020. 

The completely self-paced, online version (MoodleCloud) of the Research Challenge Bootcamp contains all the same content material as the face-to-face, live Zoom version of the workshop described above. Educators/Competition Coordinators who have previously attended the face-to-face Bootcamp are welcome to complete the either the live Zoom version or self-paced online version in order to be sure they are up to date on all rules/forms/deadlines information for the current competition year.  The live session is recommended for anyone who has not previously completed RC Bootcamp in person, but this self-paced version may be substituted if a participant is unavailable for either of the live sessions.  Any educator or competition coordinator is welcome to complete RC Bootcamp.  You DO NOT have to be from Central New Mexico!!  See full course description above.

REGISTRATION LINK SELF-PACED ONLINE BOOTCAMP - Open Now!

You will need to create an account with our new Learning Lab site, and then choose the Self-Paced Bootcamp course. 

Student Project Development Workshop

For 4th-8th Grade Students. FREE! FUN! VIRTUAL! Lots of tools for you to use as you do your science or engineering project! Hands on activities using common household items will be facilitated online (Zoom) by staff at Explora to help you understand the process of inquiry, choose a topic, and begin to put your project plan together! Certificate of Participation upon completion. Limited to 30 students.

List of needed supplies to be used during activities and Zoom meeting link will be emailed after registration. Each session is limited to a maximum of 30 students.

SESSION #1 - WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 29 (TUESDAY – FRIDAY) FROM 3-4 PM DAILY

SESSION #2 – WEEK OF OCTOBER 6 (TUESDAY – FRIDAY) from 2-3 PM DAILY (if you are a teacher and interested in attending this workshop as a virtual “field trip” with your class please contact the STEM-H Center at scifair@unm.edu)

SESSION #3 – WEEK OF OCTOBER 20 (TUESDAY – FRIDAY) from 3-4 PM DAILY