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Online APEX Fair 2021

Greetings Mustang Families!

Our APEX Fair (A Personal Educational eXperience Fair ) will again be online this year. Everyone is welcome to participate!  Sign up to participate here by April 5, 2021. Deadline extended: Please sign up by April 12, 2021.

APEX Fair Intro Video

APEX is a student learning fair, modeled after the traditional science fair, but expanded to encompass any subject which students would like to explore. It is a chance for students to select a topic for which they have an interest, a passion, a concern, or a question. Students may research a topic of their choice, any topic where there is room for new learning, and then create some kind of presentation to share what they’ve learned with others during the Online APEX Fair. Final project links will be due on Friday April 30, 2021 and the actual online APEX Fair will be available for students and families to view on Thursday May 13, 2021. 

The APEX Fair is exciting because the projects can cover just about anything, including music, sports, drama, mathematics, robotics, art, architecture, history, and science!

The APEX Fair is not a competition, but all students who complete a project will get a participation award. 

Considerations for Students:

  • The APEX Fair is voluntary. If you wish to do a project, complete the sign up  by April 5, 2021. 
  • If you choose to complete an APEX Fair project, your primary responsibility is to choose a topic that is interesting to you and learn something new about it. You are also expected to produce some kind of digital presentation or display that will demonstrate what you have learned. This could be a Google Slideshow, an online poster or video of some kind, and may include a model or demonstration. You will complete your project, make a digital presentation, and upload a link to your project by Friday, April 30, 2021.
  • You should plan ahead to allow time to complete your APEX project at home. 
  • You may work with a partner on an APEX project. You may work with a friend or sibling in a different grade, but keep in mind that you will need to coordinate online time to work together on your project. Due to current social distancing guidelines, you should only be collaborating with a peer through shared documents, phone calls, or video meetings. Groups are limited to two students, unless there is a larger group of siblings living in the same household that want to work on a project together. 

Considerations for Parents:

  • Please encourage and support your student by helping to obtain any needed resources, materials and supplies. 
  • Please ensure students have time and space at home to work on their projects.
  • APEX projects should reflect the learning of the student. Parents should allow students to complete the project with as little assistance as possible. Parents of K-1 students may scribe/type for their children if needed.
  • The APEX Fair is a unique opportunity for student-directed learning on a topic that is exciting for them. There is no grade or competitive prize for an APEX project and the primary goal is for new student learning. This should not be a stressful project! Please encourage a positive attitude to help keep this a FUN learning experience for your child.

Ways To Make an Online Presentation:

  • Create a video (Please try to keep it under 5 minutes.)
  • Create a Google Slideshow in your Google Apps account.
  • Use an online presentation format (MUST get parent's approval first!), such as Glogster, Prezi, Powtoon, Haiku Deck, Adobe Spark, or ThingLink.
  • You must be able to submit a single link that leads to your project. It is okay to have other links within your project, but you will need a single link to turn it in.

Online APEX Fair Expectations:

  1. Student investigates and explores a topic/question of interest.
  2. Presentation demonstrates new learning and information relevant to that topic/question.
  3. Presentation explains the topic, what was learned, and how they will apply their knowledge/next steps.
  4. Overall project should be done mainly by the student. Parents may assist with younger students, but the project should reflect the creativity, passion and learning of the student.
  5. All digital projects must be turned in via a single link (If it is within Google Apps- Slides, Docs, etc., set permissions to "Anyone at Adams 12" with the link).
  6. Presentations need to be turned in by Friday April 30, 2021.
  7. Submit completed final project links here.
  8. Project links will be published to Meridian students and families by May 13, 2021.

Possible Resources for Online APEX Fair:

Students can use their Dashboard to log in to MackinVia where they can access PebbleGo, WorldBookOnline, and various other resources. 

Have fun! Expand your mind! Be a Life-Long Learner! We can't wait to see your projects!

 

If students or parents have questions, please contact Mrs. Haas or Mrs. Cervera. Classroom teachers will not have answers to APEX questions.

Thank you for supporting your student and participating in their education. We are looking forward to another great APEX Fair!