“The best part for me is seeing the students’ excitement and the pride they have in their projects,” Jacquelyn J. Jones, Kent County Science Fair Director, said regarding the event. Mrs. Jones was responsible for the promotion, logistics, and overall coordination of the science fair.
Dr. Matt Bobrowsky, science educator at Delaware State University’s OSCAR, also hosted a teacher workshop during the event. The workshop consisted of ways to improve the quality of science fairs beginning with the elimination of the widely-used ‘hypothesis:’
“Making a prediction introduces bias… the experimenter, consiously or unconsiously, acts to increase the likelihood that the experiment will have the predicted outcome. Students also think their predictions need to be correct, whereas an incorrect hypothesis, based on testing, is one of the main ways that science advances,” says Dr. Bobrowsky.
In all, 21 students will be moving on to the Delaware Valley Science Fair. We wish them well as they represent Kent County Public Schools.