Lessons learned

Author: Frank LaBanca, Ed.D.

Experiences at science symposia and fairs not only teach us a great deal about how much we know about our projects, but they also teach us about life and ourselves.  Reflect on your learning, both as a science student, and an individual. 

20 Responses to “Lessons learned”

  1. David S. Says:

    Much to my surprise the science fair was mentally and physically draining. Mentally by giving a 5 minute presentation 14 times. Physically by having to stand for 4 hours straight. The first judge that judged me I was really nervous and did terrible. After more judges came I relaxed more and did much better explaining everything. I was surprised the competitive nature of everybody, I felt that during the awards ceremony, all the serious nerds were not having fun and were to up tight. Me Dan, Charlie, and John had fun during the awards’s ceremony.

  2. Gannon F. Says:

    Unfortunately, I have not had the pleasure to experience a science fair yet, as my project hasn’t been completed. Even besides that, I have learned from the experience in the class. I have learned that I should order things from a website and have enough time between ordering them and an up-coming science fair to get them in the mail. I have also learned that suit pockets are not fake, but sewn shut to avoid them become disheveled. I have also learned that the world of science does not start with an introduction and end with a conclusion/references sheet. It starts with an introduction and ends with the cleaning of Dr. LaBanca’s classroom.

  3. Tyler W. Says:

    Throughout my experiences at the science fairs that we have attended, the most prevalent lesson and feeling that I have encountered is one of fascination and determination. I learned exactly how much work can go into a science project, both through my own personal project, and by seeing some incredible work done by other students. While reading on procedures and experimentation processes, I really gained a sense of the amount of work that others were doing on their projects. I admire that work a great deal, and I hope that the amount of work I did is at least close to the same as the others. I really am excited to start my next project, and I am determined to match and even hopefully surpass the amount of work and discovery that others have done before me.

  4. Amanda W. Says:

    My experience participating in a science fair was nothing but positive. I was able to get outside opinions on not only my project but life its self. Throughout the year I have learned how to appropriately conduct myself during telephone conversations with mentors. I have also learned not to procrastinate until the very last possible minute to do something productive with my time. One of the things that I have learned while doing my project “Extraction and Determination of Recombinant Bovine Somatotropin” is that my vegetarianism is justified and I will never return to eating beef or any other type of meat. I have learned how to bite my tongue and take criticism, and sometimes listening is better than constantly talking. Being the only girl in the class has taught me what its like to have brothers, which has made me a more well-rounded person. I feel the most important thing I have learned this year is to appreciate all that is done for me.

  5. The Red Wonder Says:

    The science fairs this year have given me only positive experience. My experience in the science fair has shown me what it means to show and experiment high quality work in a stressful environment and still look beautiful. When presenting in the finals at the Connecticut Science Fair, I found that knowledge of the information of my project should not only be what I present, but also the knowledge of the questions that might be asked by the judges who don’t know much on the subject. Seeing myself not know how to answer questions posed to me, I learned that knowing too much is not a bad thing, and being prepared beyond the minimum is a good route to take.

  6. John K Says:

    The CSF was probably the most rewarding expierence in my science career. I not only got to see many students much like myself present their projects, I also got to show my own project. When I was informed I was a finalist, I was very excited. Seeing everyone elses projects i was very intimidated,but in the end i was quite proud of myself. The CSF was a very fun and enjoyable event and would very much like to do it again.

  7. Krista Ritchie Says:

    A note from up North.
    I have read your blog posts and the final reports from the science fair you attended, and am very impressed! It has been a privilege to watch you create your projects, and I greatly enjoyed seeing you present your work in February. Each of you have a lot to be proud of!

  8. Charlie W. Says:

    The Connecticut Science Fair was more then I thought it would be. It was a compilation of some of the best work I have seen in a very long time. Also, this science fair was both very physically and emotionally draining. The four or so hours standing in front of our posters did not make things easy as well as the amount of judges that would show up, ready to listen as you gave your own information to them for the 5th time in two hours. The emotionally draining part came in when I won a $20,000 scholarship to Quinnipiac University, nearly passing out and then winning 5th overall in my own category. But outside of all of this, I learned things I didn’t think I would taking this class. Though I know I have no green thumb, I was able to grow my own peppers. I also must not forget that I learned the most amazing thing of all. That if you do not bring a towel for the second year in a row to a science event you knew you would need one for, it is just plain stupidity. But in all seriousness, I learned that even when something seems impossible to do, it is more then just possible but right in your grasp. You just have to keep reaching for it.

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