LVM Science Fair

The Van Meter Science Fair is an opportunity for Van Meter Students to use their scientific curiosity, conduct independent research, practice the scientific method, and promote science education, critical thinking, and problem solving skills outside of the classroom by creating and displaying the results of scientific study at the Science Fair Open House, March 12th and 13th.

The theme for this year’s Science Fair is “WONDER.”  We invite all students with a curious mind in grades K-5, to work as individuals or teams up to 5 students to create a Science Fair Project. Start by wondering about the world around you and then take a look below for tips and tricks for creating a successful project. Look for the all new Parent and Student Handbook at the bottom of this page.

Important Dates:

Jan 17th: Kick-Off Assembly for students

Jan 17th – Feb 27th:  Online registration open, click here to register .  If a student is part of a team, designate ONE member of the team to resister and be the team leader.  You muster be able to list the first and last names, grades and teachers of ALL participants on your team at the time of registration.  This ensures all team members receive participation certificates and ribbons.

February 14th & February 28th: Free Science Fair Display Boards will be available 7:45-8:10am each day in the MPR

 

March 12th & March 13th: Science Fair Open House (2 nights this year!)

 

LVM Science Fair Student & Parent Handbook (Download Handbook)

What is the Science Fair?

The Van Meter Science Fair is an opportunity for elementary school students to use their scientific curiosity, conduct independent research, practice the scientific method, and promote science education, critical thinking, and problem solving skills outside of the classroom by creating and displaying the results of scientific study at the Science Fair Open House.

The theme for this year’s Science Fair is “WONDER.”

Who can participate?

  • Students from K-5th grade are encouraged to enter the Science Fair.
  • Projects may be done individually or as a team. Parents must approve of the team and each team member must participate equally. Team members may be siblings and may be from different grades. No more than 5 people may be on a team.

What do students receive for participation?

  • There will be no prizes awarded.
  • Every participant will receive a ribbon, certificate of participation and feedback form.
  • Each participant is eligible to receive a free project display board.

How do I pick a project?

  1. Ask questions about the world around you. Be curious. WONDER.
  2. Educate yourself about the scientific method.
  3. Go to our project ideas page in the Student Handbook for lots of idea starters.
  4. Read about how to set up your project.
  5. Read about how your project will be evaluated.
  6. Pick a project that is interesting to you. Also remember the following:

Make sure you can execute your project on your own with the free time you have outside of school. Remember this is a student project, not a parent project.

Determine if your project will need power. Power outlets at the Science Fair Open House are limited.

Project safety is critical: No projects will be allowed that contain hazardous materials such as dry ice, fog machines, flammable materials, caustic chemicals, etc. Also, due to food allergies of participants and visitors to the Science Fair. any food that is part of a project display must be in a tightly sealed container. (For more details on our Safety Rules, refer to the Student Handbook.)

How do I register for the Science Fair?

  • Click here to sign up. (Register by February 27th, 2018) 
  • If a student is part of a team, designate ONE member of the team to register and be the team leader. You must be able to list the first and last names, grades and teachers of ALL participants on your team at the time of registration. This ensures all team members receive participation certificates and ribbons.

What are the important Science Fair dates?

Kick-off Assembly: January 17th, 2018
Display Board Distribution: February 14th and February 28th, 7:45 am – 8:10 am (each day)

MPR 

Completed Science Fair Project Drop-Off & Set-Up: March 12th 7:45 am – 8:10 am,

MPR and room 3

Classroom Viewing: March 12th and March 13th,

MPR and room 3

Science Fair Open Houses: March 12th & March 13th, 6-8 pm.

MPR and room 3

Project Pick-Up: March 14th, 7:45 – 8:10 am, MPR and then Room 3 the remainder of the day

 

Are there any other helpful resources?  There is a wealth of information on our website. Some of this information has been compiled into a Student & Parent Handbook. Click here for our Student & Parent Handbook.

Do you have any tips for how to be an involved parent, but not do my child’s project for him/her?  Remember, you are a coach. You are not doing the project for your child. For some advice read this.

What if I have more questions?  Contact sciencefair@vanmeterhsc.org.