Audubon Science Fair
Audubon PTA Presents
3rd Annual Audubon STEM Fair
March 1st, 2018, 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)
Help! We still need a few volunteers next week, on Wed and Thurs. Please see sign up sheet here.
A Few Reminders...
- Project drop off: I will be in the MPR Thursday morning 7:15-8:15am for you to drop off your project. If your child's project involves any setup, please be there to help your child - we have very few volunteers in the morning to help.
- Name/grade: remember to have your child's name and grade somewhere on the front of the project. - Project pick up: Please plan to take your project home at 7pm on Thursday. If you cannot stay til the end of the fair at 7pm, your project will be folded and kept in the back of the MPR until Friday morning - please pick it up Friday morning at school drop off.
- Cancellations: life happens! If your child didn't get a chance to complete their project, no problem. Just let me know by tomorrow so we know how many projects to expect. You should still encourage your child to attend the fair and get ideas for next year!
- Group photo: at 6:30pm we will be taking a group photo of our participants to submit to the Foster City Islander along with a short article. If you'd like to be part of the picture, please plan to be present at that time - I will make an announcement for the participants to gather at the STEM Fair sign. By having your child be part of the photograph, you are providing consent for your child to be pictured in the Foster City Islander newspaper.
Calling all scientists, technologists, engineers & mathematicians!
The Audubon PTA is excited to present the 3rd Annual STEM Fair at Audubon! After two years of great enthusiasm from our student community, we are trying something different this year based on suggestions from parents – we are expanding the scope from ‘Science Fair’ to ‘STEM Fair’. This is a great opportunity for students at all grade levels to explore their curiosity and develop a project. It also gives families a chance to discuss various themes and ideas and develop them into a project! For the past two years we had over 70 students participate each year, with hundreds of visitors to the fair. It has been a memorable event and we hope to re-create the same energy this year!
Whether you are registered to complete a project for the fair, or just wanting to visit as a guest explorer, we hope to see you at the fair on Thursday, 3/1/18, 3-7pm in the MPR! It is an open house to feel free to visit anytime during those hours. Invite family and friends too!
This year as we are expanding the scope to STEM Fair, students can choose to complete a more traditional type of science fair project, or use a broader problem/solution approach. Both are outlined below to provide guidance to students.
1. CHOOSE YOUR PROJECT. What do you want to explore or learn more about?
Please ensure your project is SAFE and not using any harmful materials, chemicals, etc. You should have an adult supervise your project completion.
TRADITIONAL SCIENCE PROJECT APPROACH: The project must be an experiment you perform – something must be investigated and/or tested. You should do the experiment at least 5 times or in at least 5 different ways. This is because a science project is not simply an exhibit – it is a demonstration of your experiment and the results.
STEM PROJECT APPROACH: STEM projects should include a problem/question as well as a solution to the problem/question. You should include any research or background information on why you think your solution would address the problem/question.
2. DEVELOP YOUR PROJECT
TRADITIONAL SCIENCE PROJECT APPROACH:
Develop an experiment.
Use the scientific method:
Purpose: Why are you doing this experiment?
Hypothesis: What do you think will happen?
Materials: What will you need to do the experiment?
Procedure: What will be done?
Observations/Data: What was the result?
Results/Conclusion: What does your experiment teach you?
Note: the project display should include steps a-f above. For Grades TK-1, a grown up may hand write or type it for them. For Grades 2-5, students should hand write or type it on their own.
STEM PROJECT APPROACH: Define your problem/question. Develop a solution to your problem/question. Include supporting evidence on WHY and HOW your solution solves the problem or answers the question.
3. WRITE YOUR REPORT (this is OPTIONAL).
It can include why you chose this project, why it is important to you, what are the key things you learned. Instead of writing a report, you may choose to include this information on your project display board.
Report should be roughly 1-2 pages long, and can be handwritten or typed. Student should bring one printed copy of the report to accompany the display. You do not need to bring multiple copies to hand out.
4. BUILD YOUR PROJECT DISPLAY. Use your creativity in making your display! There are some basic requirements:
- Please ensure student’s name and grade is displayed somewhere on the front of the display
- The project display must be self-supporting – in other words, it will need to stand on a table, and not posted on a wall.
- Use hardboard, pegboard, or heavy cardboard – no poster board as it needs to be self-supporting. There are ready-made 3 sided displays available at Staples and other office/school supply stores, or you can make your own.
- The project display can be up to 4 feet long, and 3 feet tall.
- You can display any equipment or other items relevant to the project that will fit on the table in front of your display. You may not bring knives, razor blades, weapons, or any other sharp objects that could cause injury. Please also do not bring any valuables (including laptops or tablets) because the projects will be on display in the MPR all day.
- If you chose to write a report, you should bring one printed copy of your report to place in front of the display
- Your project should not require use of an electrical outlet
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where can I help my child find ideas for projects?
A: We suggest exploring the library or surfing the web together with your child to generate ideas. We strongly encourage that you create your own project/experiment by gathering your own materials rather than using any pre- purchased science kits.
Q: Will the projects be judged? Will awards be given?
A: No. Each participant will receive a recognition ribbon to celebrate their participation in the event. We want to focus on the spirit of the STEM fair, which is to promote an interest in STEM themes and share projects with family and friends.
Q: Do we need to submit project displays in advance?
A: No. You will register for the event in advance, which gives us your intent to participate and helps us plan logistics for the fair. Your student will bring their project display to the fair on March 1. Details forthcoming on setup.
Q: Will my child be expected to make a speech/presentation at the fair?
A: The format of the fair is an open house. Projects will be setup throughout the day so classrooms have the opportunity to visit. The ‘open house’ for families/friends/community will be 3-7pm. We may have an opportunity for some students to present their projects on stage this year, more information to come.
Q: Can we change our idea for the project?
A: There is flexibility to change your project idea.
We are truly looking forward to seeing the creative energy of our students! Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
STEM Fair Coordinator