Audubon STEM Fair
Audubon PTA presents the 6th Annual STEM Fair
Nothing can replace walking through the MPR and seeing all the interesting STEM project displays. Although there will not be an in-person event this year, we are impressed by our students' enthusiasm for this year's virtual STEM Fair! We are proud of our 65 students who completed projects at home and shared with us digitally. Starting April 14, we are excited to share their creativity and scientific curiosity with all of you!
We are so proud of our Audubon scientists who submitted projects to the STEM Fair!
Click here to see the STEM Fair Celebration Presentations with links to the STEM Fair projects.
A special thanks to Kamini Cormier, Angel Haight and Robin Barrientos
for making this wonderful event possible.
Calling all scientists, technologists,
engineers & mathematicians!
The Audubon PTA is excited to present the 6th Annual STEM Fair at Audubon! 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 five years we had 60-80 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! Although the event will be entirely virtual, we can still make it an impactful and fun event for all
Students must register in advance in order to participate. Registration closes March 10.
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:
a. Purpose: Why are you doing this experiment?
b. Hypothesis: What do you think will happen?
c. Materials: What will you need to do the experiment?
d. Procedure: What will be done?
e. Observations/Data: What was the result?
f. 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, we recommend students 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.
4. BUILD YOUR PROJECT DISPLAY. Use your creativity in making your display! This year there is more flexibility in how you create your project display, as they won’t be displayed in the MPR. Your project will remain at your home the entire time.
- Please include student’s name and grade on the front of the display
- Typically students use a hardboard, pegboard, or heavy cardboard – something self-supporting. There are ready-made 3 sided displays available at office/school supply stores, or you can make your own.
- You can display any equipment or other items relevant to the project that will fit on the table in front of your display. Please do not use knives, razor blades, or any other sharp objects that could cause injury.
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. You will keep your project at home at all times this year since it’s a virtual event.
Q: Will my child be expected to do a live presentation?
A: We will be giving students two options to share their project at the virtual video celebration on March 24 – they can create a short pre-recorded video presenting their project, or they can include details in a slide. Details to come on this after registration.
Q: Can we change our idea for the project?
A: There is flexibility to change your project idea. You do not have to decide on your project theme/title at time of registration.
We are truly looking forward to seeing the creative energy of our students! Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
Kamini Cormier & Angel Haight
STEM Fair Coordinators
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