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Sciecne Fair Update for HCS Students

With the recent news surrounding the spread of the COVID-19 virus, many of you might have questions and concerns regarding the upcoming Annual Holy Cross School Science Fair. We at HCS are currently evaluating the options for the fair based on guidance from Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Department of Education , Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living.

The health and safety of our participants, visitors, community partners and volunteers is always our highest priority. As of this update, there are no known cases of COVID-19 within any of the students and staff at Holy Cross School.

This modification is only for Holy Cross School students. We recognize the hard work, passion and enthusiasm of our students, and we are grateful for your patience during this rapidly changing situation. To reward everyone’s hard work. We slightly modified our annual science fair as per following guidelines. Students will submit their projects to their respective teachers for the term grade. Research paper (4-6 pages; double spaced, Times New Roman Size 12) submission deadline is April 7, 2020. If you are sick or need any modifications, please contact your homeroom teacher asap for alternative solutions.

Please note that students (Grade 4-6) and (Grade 7-8) can participate as an individual or group of two under the three major types of projects i.e. Experimental, Study, and Innovation/Invention. Please refer to science fair booklet for project report sample for detailed information. Here are the categories for your reference:

 Health, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Sciences

 Microbiology & Chemistry

 Animal Science

 Plant Science

 Physics and Engineering

 Social Science

 Environmental Science

Instead of presenting it face to face or displaying it on the display board submit the research paper and 1-2 pictures of your display board on or before due date.

Please contact me directly, if you have any questions/concerns.

Sincerely

Dr. Bajaj
abajaj@holycrossschool.mb.ca
204-237-4936- School

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Studies in science contribute to developing scientifically and technologically literate citizens who will be able to make informed decisions about their lifestyle, their environment and the kind of society in which they wish to live. The more students learn about this subject, the more they will see the connections between science and people, understand the relevance of science and technology to past achievements and future development while being aware of its impact on society, the individual and the environment that we all share.

Science education prepares students for continuing studies and entry into the workforce in a variety of capacities. The skills developed through science education are useful in a wide range of careers in addition to those normally thought of as scientific.

At Holy Cross School, through the learning of methods of investigation, students are encouraged to develop curiosity and a spirit of inquiry, which is aimed at helping them to be open-minded and to value objectivity. We aim to have students who are able to adopt critical perspectives, to recognize the limitations of science and to respect and share responsibility for the local and global environment.

Extended Science Education Program

Holy Cross School’s extended Science Education program, the Kids’ New Horizons partnership between the St. Boniface Hospital  is designed to support health and science literacy for students and teachers in the middle  years by connecting science learning in the classroom to the current research and daily work done at the St. Boniface Hospital and Research Centre. It is about learning that health, science, research and medicine have meaning to each of us as individuals and as a community. We cater classroom “scientist-in-residence” sessions with staff from the St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre include lab-based activities, dissections focussing on current research and disease, research presentations, scientific technology and much more, tailored on the needs of schools, teachers and students.

Our common goals are:

  • To identify and understand how work in the classroom connects to health care and basic medical research at St. Boniface Hospital and Research Centre
  • To continually develop a model for exposing all students to the work done at SBRC and SBH in a meaningful way
  • To develop a framework to include all students in extending their personal understanding of health, the nature of science, scientific inquiry and design

Our work is to address cluster 0 objectives, and some of the new initiatives outlined above. As a classroom and Science Club activities it is generally scheduled as half day to two-day blocks in school as experiential “scientist-in-residence” sessions, often followed by tours of the Research Centre for students. All classroom sessions include an introduction to SBH and SBRC, an introduction to the research programs and researchers at SBRC, and a hands-on classroom session that connects SBRC research programs and the science and health behind them to classroom learning.

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