About the Program
The 7th Annual
Salish Sea Expeditions’ Student Science Symposium
Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
Mountaineers Club, 7700 Sand Point Way, Seattle WA (adjacent to Magnuson Park)
The keynote speaker was Nina Bednaršek, Ph.D.
“My Career in Science and Work Studying the Vulnerability of Pteropods
Along the US West Coast Due to Ocean Acidification”
The Salish Sea Student Science Symposium, hosted by Salish Sea Expeditions, brought together student scientists, professional scientists and science teachers to share, explore and discuss research on Puget Sound and its streams, tributaries and shorelines.
- For students, this was the culmination of their fieldwork efforts and research projects, giving them the opportunity to share their findings and receive feedback from both professionals and other student-scientists.
- For teachers, it was an opportunity to learn and share new approaches to facilitating inquiry-based science education.
- And for the community, it was an opportunity to celebrate learning and inquiry by the youth who will become tomorrow’s scientists and innovators.
Nina Bednaršek, Ph.D.
School of Marine and Environment Affairs
University of Washington, Seattle
Presently a Research Associate at the University of Washington, Dr. Bednaršek was until 2014 a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, in Seattle. For the past few years, Dr. Bednaršek has been investigating the effects of ocean acidification on the shells of pteropods (“sea butterflies”), tiny mollusks that live in the water column of all oceans. Dr. Bednaršek has won numerous awards for her research on the effects of human-induced change on shelled marine planktonic mollusks. Dr. Bednaršek will be one of the keynote speakers at the Symposium.
The Symposium is open to 4th – 12th grade students interested in presenting their marine science research. We invite groups that may not have participated in the Salish programs during the school year, as well as groups that have been part of the Sound or Source programs with Salish Sea Expeditions.
Presentations include either a 5-10 minute PowerPoint presentation, or a poster or tri-board display. Presentation content includes the experimental design, methods, field locations and results. Presenters should also prepare a brief summary of lessons learned, ideas for the future, reflections on the fieldwork experience, and relevance to the Salish Sea ecosystem and/or community.
Presenters are encouraged to also send a brief (up to 500 words) summary of research to the Salish organizing staff. This abstract is then printed in the Science Symposium program.
Sample Student Presentation
On the day of the Symposium, presenting students and teachers arrive before the other guests to set up. Salish educators and organizing staff work with the students on final preparations for their presentations. Student presentations are scheduled and presented throughout the day, with breaks for lunch, attending concurrent workshops, attending professional scientists’ presentations, and time to review the work of other students and local organizations in the exhibition hall.
What is Salish Sea Expeditions?
Salish Sea Expeditions is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established to provide an opportunity for students to design and conduct real scientific research from the decks of a sailing vessel on Puget Sound.
What is the Salish Sea Student Science Symposium?
The Symposium is a day to spotlight and celebrate the work of student scientists! It provides an opportunity for students from around the Puget Sound region to convene and share the results of their student designed research to peers, professional scientists, policy makers and the community. The all-day event hosts oral and poster presentations as well as hands on learning sessions from professional scientists. Each year there is a keynote speaker who is also conducting or participating in research around the Puget Sound and has a passion for research and education.
Who can participate?
Students in grades 4-12 who have designed their own science research or field work utilizing the scientific method.
What is the maximum/minimum number of participants?
Student groups or individuals are welcome. Teachers can bring the entire grade level, their class, or a delegate of students. For presentations we ask that no more than six student scientists present.
Why should I participate?
- To share what you learned using PowerPoint or a poster.
- To meet other presenters.
- To support young student scientists.
- To talk to professional scientists who are working in fields related to your research.
- To add to your resume of academic achievements.
What will happen during the day?
Presenting students and teachers will arrive before other guests to set up. Salish Staff will be assigned to help your group prepare and practice. Student presentations will follow throughout the day, with breaks for lunch, professional scientists’ presentations, and time to review the work of other students and local organizations in our exhibition hall. Additionally, several workshops, addressing a range of topics particular to the Puget Sound region and facilitated by regional scientists and environmental stewards will be available for students up to 12th grade to attend.
Does my project need to be about a certain topic?
No. Any original research question or field science project is welcome at the Symposium.
What type of presentations?
There are two categories for presentations, oral and poster. Oral presentations can be in the format of a PowerPoint, Prezi, storybook, etc. and are not to exceed 10 minutes in length. Poster presentations are on trifolds, poster board or large scientific poster.
When and Where?
Every year the date changes to accommodate the end of year testing at schools. Typically the event is in Seattle during the first week of June. Please check our website for location and date.
How do I register to attend?
Only presenting groups need to register, all audience members can just register at the front desk on the day of the event.
As a teacher what do I need to do?
- Register your group by filling out a group information form.
- Arrange transportation.
- Arrange a substitute (if needed).
- Submit oral presentation/s at least one week before the Symposium.
- Ensure that students bring a bagged lunch.
- Sit back and enjoy your hard work in action on the day of the Symposium.
Who will be there?
Students, teachers, professional scientists and interested members of the public will be there to hear presentations.
For students, this will be the culmination of their research projects, giving them the opportunity to share their findings and receive feedback from both professionals and peers.
For teachers, it will be an opportunity to learn and share new approaches to facilitating inquiry-based science education.
And for the community, it will serve as an opportunity to celebrate learning and inquiry by the youth who will become tomorrow’s scientists and innovators.
Are there scholarships or mini grants available?
There is a possibility that there may be funding for transportation fees and or substitute fees. If these funds are available, it is on a reimbursement basis.
If you have questions at any time, please contact our Education Director at (206) 780 7848 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.