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Science Symposium: Grades 4 - 8

Science Symposium

Science Symposium

2019 VINS Science Symposium

Tuesday, May 14 / 10am – 2pm
The Hydrosphere
Grades 4 & 5

Wednesday, May 15 / 10am – 2pm
Theme: The Biosphere
Grades 4 & 5

Thursday, May 16 / 10am – 2pm
Theme: Energy and Engineering
Grades 4-6, 7, 9-12

Science Symposium

The VINS Science Symposium provides opportunities for students to complete scientific research, design solutions to solve a local problem, and present their findings to community members, educators, peers, and statewide stakeholders at a regional symposium.


VINS Science Educators provide teachers with resources and ongoing support needed to design and implement engaging science and engineering lessons aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.


The Science Symposium creates a deeper understanding and excitement for science, engineering, and the environment through a place-based community approach to education.

Program Package

VINS Science Educators work with students to define a community problem within the symposium area of focus, assist with locating resources, and support teachers through direct student instruction.

The VINS Science Educators partner with teachers to incorporate the Science Symposium into their science curriculum and they act as a resource for teachers in place-based learning and integration of the NGSS science standards.

Participation in the Science Symposium includes:

Registration for the Science Symposium

One planning meeting with the classroom teacher

Two NGSS aligned, inquiry-based lessons focusing on the Symposium theme taught by a VINS Science Educator in collaboration with the classroom teacher

Opportunity to present findings to the community at the Science Symposium

Free Admission to VINS Nature Center for participating students, their families, and teachers on the day of the Symposium

Bringing Natural Science Investigations to Your Community

Each VINS Science Educator has a Master of Education degree, is a Highly Qualified Teacher, and holds a teaching license in Vermont and New Hampshire.