S3-Super Science Searches
S3 Program Continues to Show Students Scientific Research Can Be Fun
S3 – Super Science Searches began in spring of 2011 with the realization that middle school students were not as aware as their high-school counterparts of the Library’s extensive subscription (no advertising) online databases. The Cupertino Library Foundation, who funds multiple Cupertino Library and system-wide initiatives, reached out to the Cupertino Unified School District to partner in the S3-Super Science Searches project.
The Cupertino Library Foundation supports the S3-Super Science Searches project to provide students with free access to age-appropriate, academic online research tools as the vehicle to develop:
- appropriate and interesting research questions;
- critical thinking skills to analyze information sources for credibility, bias and accuracy;
- confidence and competency in using Library databases to seek answers to research questions;
- effective ways to include and cite authoritative information to support or refute arguments; and
- the ability to write persuasive essays, reports and presentations that summarize and synthesize a students’ scientific research.
Giving Students Access to Scientific Research
S3-Super Science Searches is a pilot program introduced as a pilot project to a limited number of 6th, 7th and 8th classes at Cupertino, Kennedy and Lawson middle schools. Teachers have included the S3-Super Science Searches project as part of their curriculum to satisfy a number of the Science Content Standards for California Public Schools. Databases available for S3-Super Science Searches include science and technology resources made available through the Santa Clara County Library.
With S3-Super Science Searches, students use age-appropriate online subscription databases that are funded by the Santa Clara County Library to conduct their research for this project. Don’t have a library card? Click here to learn how to apply for a library card. Click here for a list of S3 databases.
Students can access these research tools for free with their Santa Clara County Library Card from any computer that has Internet access. (Click here to learn how to apply for a library card.) This gives students the ability to search for academic, peer-reviewed publications and conference papers; the ability to read detailed article abstracts; as well as access to relevant charts, graphs, instructional videos, and other multi-media resources — all without commercial advertising.