Welcome to the Scientists in the Classroom program. Every year at the San Juan Basin Regional Science Fair, the first Thursday in March, approximately 250 projects are presented by middle school and high school students from Southwest Colorado. More than 80 judges spend the day evaluating the projects and giving positive feedback to the students. They enjoy the day spent with the area's young scientists and are interested in bringing their love of science to the classroom.
You don't have to be involved in science fair to participate in this program. It's open to public, private, charter and home school groups from elementary through college level. The service area is the San Juan BOCES service area, which is from Silverton and south and Pagosa Springs and west.
The scientists have a form on their page which asks them to give information about the presentations they would like to offer. It includes the presentation's name, their name and science background, the grades they are willing to teach, when they are available and what school districts they'd like to visit. There will also be a synopsis of their presentation so you can tell what they have in mind. If there is something you need to change in order for the presentation to work for you, contact the scientist. They may be willing to work with you.
Once you have the password, you'll have access to this information and the scientists' emails. You'll contact the scientist directly and will need to communicate with them to fine tune things like the length of the presentation and when they should be there.
Since this is a new program, there will be bugs. Please tell me when you think of improvements. I'd also like there to be a lot of feedback. Please send me an email after each scientist's visit and tell me about things that would have improved the presentation and things that worked well so those things can be repeated with other scientists. It will be confidential if you'd like. Also send the scientist an email and cc me. Let them know what was good and what would make their presentation better. This is a learning year for all of us so everyone should be receptive to suggestions.