*While the culminating event will take place in-person,you DO NOT have to be present to enter a project.*
Register to Participate (as an entrant) HERE!
When and where do we work on projects?
Projects are carried out and prepared entirely at home – no classroom time will be assigned. A tri-fold display board for the project presentation will be provided by the OPT for each student who registers.
What does S.TE.A.M. stand for?
"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." W.B. Yates
WHO can participate?
This event is open to everyone grades K-5! Each student participates at their own level - enthusiasm and a desire to learn and create are the essential requirements.
NOTE: You do NOT need to enter a project to attend the in-person portion of the event! You also do NOT need to attend the in-person event to enter a project into the Fair.
WHAT is a S.T.E.A.M. Fair?
A voluntary, extra-curricular event that gives students a chance to have fun preparing and presenting a project for their friends and family. For those who choose not to enter a project, this is a fun evening dedicated to celebrating science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics!
"I don't know what to enter..."
This is EASY! Think about the five categories that make up "S.T.E.A.M." Does one, or more, of these things interest you?
Science Fair projects DO NOT need to follow the Scientific Method. This means you can include engineering projects (Legos are engineering too!, models, displays and more.
Cardboard Challenge creations are entirely up to you, the sky is the limit! Past creations have included games, sculptures, instruments and more!
Art Showcase projects will be a mix of art curated by Mrs. Holmdahl, from classroom projects, and art created by our students outside of the classroom. This can include anything under the art umbrella so think music, poetry, sculpture, painting, and beyond!
Where can I find ideas?
A quick internet search of "STEM Fair Projects" or "STEAM Fair Projects" will usually give you a pretty comprehensive list of project ideas. Here are a few websites to get you started:
Because it’s FUN! This is a wonderful opportunity for students to showcase their learning, build their thinking skills, increase their knowledge, think creatively, use problem-solving, practice presentation skills, build confidence, and experience the planning and follow through of their ideas to a completed project.
Can parents be involved?
Parents are openly permitted and encouraged to help their children with their projects at an appropriate level. The bulk of the project should be completed by the student, but parents can give encouragement as well as practical assistance. The level of assistance will vary by age of the student.
Is there a "winner" or are there prizes?
The STEAM Fair is a non-competitive event – each student’s participation will be recognized, and the reward is in the enjoyment of the project, feeling proud of your work, and having fun the evening of the fair! No winners or prizes will be awarded.
I'm doing a Science Fair project and want to use the Scientific Method, but what is it?
Ask a question that you want to learn the answer to
Make a hypothesis (your guess)
Conduct research on your topic
Create a materials list and a procedure
Test your hypothesis through experimentation
Collect and analyze your data
Take pictures to document
Report the conclusion of your findings
SAMPLE BOARD USING SCIENTIFIC METHOD
This is a sample of a typical STEAM Fair board, using the Scientific Method.