Dr. Kathryn Hollar, director of Educational Programs at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and a team of graduate students are supporting science learning this year at Boston’s Elihu Greenwood Leadership Academy (EGLA).
The SEAS team served as judges at the 2013 EGLA school-wide science fair on Feb. 28 and got to hear directly from the students about their projects and their excitement around science.
“The students were especially excited this year to actually present their projects to the judges, who are "real scientists", and have them ask questions about their work,” said Janet Lynch, the EGLA’s science specialist. “It was truly a very special moment for our students to have the judges express an interest in what the students are learning.”
The science fair was the culmination of weeks of effort by EGLA students and their school community. In the fall of 2012, each classroom at the EGLA was responsible for developing a group science project. The teachers and students did research and conducted experiments, and then decided how to present their results.
In June, Hollar and her team, and staff from Harvard’s Office of Public Affairs and Communications will welcome the 5th graders and their families again, this time on Harvard’s campus. The EGLA’s science projects will be part of a showcase of student science from elementary schools in both Cambridge and Boston.