IMAS Homeschool Science Fair Challenges Students in Scientific Inquiry

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McAllen, TX – The International Museum of Art & Science has moved full STEAM ahead this academic year with a diverse schedule of workshops for Homeschool students held on the first Wednesday of each month from September through May. Homeschool students explored the scientific method, earth science, extreme weather, and the foundations of art last fall. In 2020 participants will explore robotics, life science, marine biology, art history, and coding.

The IMAS is hosting a Homeschool Science Fair on Wednesday, January 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. throughout the museum. Participating students fall in two categories – elementary and middle school. Prizes will be awarded for a top award in each category level and an IMAS Scientist prize. Judging is based on the use of scientific inquiry, completion of project by participant(s), and creativity. Presentations and judging will take place from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. The judging panel includes a local civil engineer, a UTRGV professor, a BBVA Advisory Board Member, and an IMAS Board Member and retired chemical engineer.

In the months leading up to the science fair, IMAS homeschool workshops have laid the foundation for the scientific method and inquiry process. Workshops provide a diverse and challenging curriculum for all group levels.

“The IMAS is honored to have the support of the homeschool community,” states the Director of Education, Claudia Martinez. “We serve the need of engaging learning opportunities for at-home students with our hands-on art and science-based workshops. Our workshops emphasize collaboration and creativity while increasing awareness of STEAM careers. The science fair is a moment for homeschoolers to exhibit their soft skills and interests in the community. What good is learning if we cannot share it with others?”

The community is invited to view the science projects and join participants for a reception from 12:30-1:30 pm on January 22 followed by an awards ceremony. Winning projects will be on view for the public through Sunday, January 26.

The Homeschool Science Fair is presented with the support of community partner BBVA Compass Bank. General admission rates apply and WIC and EBT cardholders can visit the museum for $1 per person (up to 4 people). The event is free for IMAS Members. For more information and to register for homeschool workshops in advance, visit theimasonline.org or call (956)681-2800.

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