GNOSEF To Host Free Teacher, Science Fair Coordinator Workshop

NEW ORLEANS – To kick off the 2017 – 2018 school year, Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair (GNOSEF) is hosting a free workshop for teachers and science fair coordinators on Saturday, Aug. 26, at Tulane University, Norman Mayer Building, Room MA 101 (building 6 on the Tulane campus map), from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

         Round-table discussions with experienced teachers will address finding opportunities and overcoming obstacles, while providing important information needed to participate in the GNOSEF.

         Organizers said the workshop also helps participants prepare for the 62nd Annual Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair to be held Feb. 26-28 and March 1. Attendees will be awarded a certificate after the five-hour training session, which can be submitted to their school district for requesting CLU (Continuing Learning Unit) credits.

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         There is no charge to attend the annual GNOSEF Teacher Workshop, but teachers must register by Wednesday, Aug. 23, as lunch will be served.

         Hosted by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), American Petroleum Institute (API), Tulane University, Core Element, H. Britton Sanderford and the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, the free, five-hour workshop will include an introduction to the GNOSEF plus the opportunity to attend three breakout sessions that allow participants to focus on their interest and need. Breakout session topics for 2017 include:


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• Integrating Experimental Design Into Your Classroom (including finding project ideas and information on incorporating the new standards)

• Management of the Research Paper Process (with discussion of timelines)

• Fundamental Ways to Analyze Data: Basic Session – for everyone

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• Fundamental Ways to Analyze Data: Analysis of Data Recommended for High School Projects

• Communicating Your Project: From Research Plan to Final Abstract, Poster and "Elevator Pitch" Presentation (what the judges are looking for)

• The GNOSEF Process – Getting a Project on the Floor (with tips for tackling the human subjects or biological projects)


         There will also be brief presentations on resources available, the timeline for participating in the GNOSEF and an overview of the more than $60,000 in awards, prizes and grants for students, teachers and schools.

         “This annual workshop is our way of assisting educators with information and resources to help them better deliver STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) curricula, in general, and science fair knowledge, specifically,” said Annette Oertling, Ph. D., co-fair director of the nonprofit Greater New Orleans Science Fair, Inc. “STEM is important to a child’s overall education, their future career goals and the economic growth of our community. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Louisiana will have nearly 70,000 STEM-related jobs to fill by 2018, so it is vitally important that we provide the support needed to teach future generations of STEM employees.”

         The 2017 – 2018 Greater New Orleans Science & Engineering Fair encourages independent student research in science, technology, engineering and math. The Fair is open to students nominated by their middle or high school or home school association within the designated Region IX parishes (Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard and Plaquemines). Entrants fall into two divisions: Junior Division is comprised of middle school students (sixth – eighth grade) and Senior Division is high school students (ninth – 12 grade).

         More than $60,000 in cash/ non-cash awards, prizes and grants will be awarded to GNOSEF 2017 – 2018 winners, teachers and schools. Among the awards is a trip to Pittsburgh for four students and two teachers to the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), which draws more than 1,600 students from 70 countries and offers more than $4 million in cash awards and prizes. Selected category winners at the GNOSEF in New Orleans are also eligible to compete for state honors at the Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair (LSEF) held at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, March 19-21, also with advancement possibility to the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) to be held May 13-19 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

         The Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair is presented by H. Britton Sanderford, Jr., the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, Entergy Corporation and Tulane University in partnership with Core Element, University of New Orleans and Women for a Better Louisiana. It is also supported by local industries, foundations and generous individuals.

         There is no charge for the Saturday, Aug. 26 GNOSEF Teacher Workshop, but teachers must register by Wednesday, Aug. 23.

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