About the Program
Salish Sea Expeditions’ Student Science Symposium
Monday, June 13th
University of Washington, Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, 98105
Stephanie Moore, Ph.D.
The Student Science Symposium, hosted by Salish Sea Expeditions, brought together student scientists, science teachers, and professional scientists in a day to share, explore and discuss research on local watersheds as well as the marine waters of Puget Sound.
- Students from 10 schools attended the symposium and shared their fieldwork efforts and research projects. The Science Symposium gave 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.
Stephanie Moore, Ph.D.
Northwest Fisheries Science Center
NOAA Montlake, Seattle, WA
Stephanie shared her work studying Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) off the coast of Washington and within the inland waters of Puget Sound. She wove an interesting story connecting the physical processes of the marine water with the biology within. She also linked the efforts of many of the students collecting plankton with her research, which is also collecting plankton. The story she told connected marine science with human health, in the form of the potential toxins produced by HABs, which can affect shellfish and other fisheries.
Stephanie earned her Ph.D. from the University of New South Wales, Australia, in 2005. She then completed her post-doctoral training with the University of Washington’s Climate Impacts Group and the School of Oceanography (2005-2008). She is currently a project scientist with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and visiting scientist with the Northwest Fisheries Science Center.
The Symposium is open to 5th – 12th grade students interested in presenting the results of their research project from the school year. Even though the event has been designed around schools participating in Salish programs, we also invite groups that have not participated in Salish programs during the school year.
Presentations can include either a 5-10 minute PowerPoint presentation, or a poster or tri-board display. Salish will offer a template for presentation content which includes the experimental design, methods, field locations, results, conclusion and evaluation.
Presenters should also prepare a brief summary of lessons learned, ideas for the future, reflections on the fieldwork experience, and relevance to the Puget Sound ecosystem and/or community.
Presenters are requested 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 preparation and practice 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.