ME & MI Scientists Share Research

ME & MI Scientists Share Research at Schools' 1st Specialized Classroom Science Fair
Posted on 11/26/2019
On November 12, Mason Elementary and Mason Intermediate School held their very first Science Fair specifically geared for students in the specialized classrooms that help educate children with developmental disabilities or neurodiversity. The young scientists donned lab coats and goggles, and presented their research projects to Mason staff. 

Eryn Kramer, Mason Elementary Social Communication and School Fundamentals Intervention Specialist, had the vision for the science fair for her students.

"We were completing a unit on scientific inquiry, and one of our vocabulary terms was 'science fair.' We read a few books about science fairs, and I had the idea to do our own!  I shared the idea with my colleague and teaching partner, Shannon Mould, and before we knew it, we were rolling with it!" Kramer explained.

Jessica Cassin, Kramer, Mould, Molly Moorman, Samantha Olinger, Katrina Philpot, and all the schools' dedicated paraprofessionals helped students conduct experiments, hone their public speaking skills, and create posters. 

"Unbelievably proud of these scientists! They worked so hard on these projects and to see them present was such a special moment. ME/MI science fair for the win! #masonmoment" tweeted Jessica Cassin, MI Intervention Specialist.

Educators recognize that all children need to be involved in science experimentation and investigation.  

"Everything in the 'book' said that this would not work, there were a lot of students with exceptionalities in one space, it was loud, it was out of the normal schedule, a new environment, and there were a lot of unfamiliar faces and sounds. However, the kids exceeded all expectations and rose to the occasion with grace and eloquence," shared Kramer. 

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