S^4 – Super Summer Science Search

About S^4 Super Summer Science Search™

Middle school students learn critical thinking around Common Core Standards, using SCCLD online databases

S^4 Super Summer Science Searches Contest for Cupertino Middle School Students

S^4 Super Summer Science Search began in spring of 2011 with the realization that middle school students were not as aware as their high-school counterparts of the Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) and their 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 S^4 Super Summer Science Search project.

The Cupertino Library Foundation supports the S^4 Super Summer Science Search contest 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.

Slides from the 2018 program can be found here when available. Stay tuned! 

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