Results from 2021 Solutionary Fair
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On behalf of all of us at the San Mateo County Office of Education, I would like to thank all of our solutionary teachers and students for participating in our first, annual SMCOE Solutionary Fair! We learned a lot this year about how to provide our students with opportunities to share their “solutionary” solutions to a wide variety of environmental, social, economic, political, or technological problems. Thank you to our teachers who provided us with ongoing feedback throughout the process, and helping us make this a great experience for our students.  

This year, 66 projects were submitted by nearly 100 students from 20 schools across 11 San Mateo County school districts! Next year, we hope to scale up this event to reach all of our school districts and many, many more teachers and students.  

After a week of meetings and judges’ deliberations, the results are in! You can access the slide deck that lists our winners here. We will also be posting this slide deck on our Solutionary Fair website. We are offering financial awards to our winners in the form of gift cards: $300 for “Best in Show”, $100 for each first-place project, and $50 for each second-place project.
And the winners from Woodside School are:

  • Alexa H., 5th Grade, Save the Frogs, They Save Us (Education, Child Development, and Family Services)
  • Kai C., 5th Grade, The Jellyfish (Public Services)
  • Phoebe C., 5th Grade; Racism is a Virus (Education, Child Development, and Family Services)
  • Ryder S., 5th Grade; Elevate Children and Family Out of Homelessness (Public Services)
  • Isabella P., 5th Grade, The Secrets of Social Media: The Dark Truth Behind the Screen (Health Science and Medical Technology)
  • Meadow L., 5th Grade, World of Water (Manufacturing and Product Design)
  • Sophie B. and Katherine T., 6th Grade, Education Lost (Education, Child Development, and Family Services)
ALSO... Alice E., Kylie J., Alexa H., and partners Charlotte W. and Caitlin H. were encouraged to participate in this...
The San Mateo County Sustainable and Climate Resilient Schools Challenge (previously the One Planet Schools Challenge), is to identify and recognize students, teachers, administrators, and community members who are leading meaningful change for a sustainable and climate-resilient future. This change could be in the curriculum, campus, or in broader co-curricular and community engagement programs. 

2021 Solutionary Science Fair
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Make a difference. Be a Solutionary! 
Find all the requirements & expectations for the

Greta Thunberg. Kelvin Doe. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind-William Kamkwamba. Malala.

They are all SOLUTIONARIES! A solutionary is a person who identifies inhumane, unsustainable, and unjust systems and then develops solutions that are healthy and equitable for people, animals, and the environment. They found a problem and created a solution!

The San Mateo County Office of Education is excited to announce the 1st Annual Solutionary Fair! The Solutionary Fair will be held virtually through the County on Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Projects are due and need to be submitted by May 14th.

You may have a little extra time during FLEX — you are innovative, creative, and could make the world a better place with your solutions. Think about it. You can win prizes, such as cash, scholarships, internships, and more AND make connections with people in many different industries all over the area.
Please contact Science Teacher Jenn Parker if interested, have questions, or need support.