Ardmore Elementary Annual STEAM Fair, April 28th, 2023
Friday evening April 28th, from 6:00-8:30 pm
We’re so excited to see you for the big day! We have over 100 students signed up to complete projects, and everyone is welcome (whether or not you finish your project ;-)). Bring your family and friends to be impressed by your classmates’ projects, marvel at Mad Science electricity demonstrations and BC Biology professor hands-on tables (bats, bugs, and fish!), watch the principal create a soda geyser, and so much more!
Prizes for Participants
Ardmore Elementary Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math Fair Information
Join us for one of the most popular Ardmore events, the annual Science Fair (finally back after Covid)! Students are encouraged to present a science experiment or project (more information below), and everyone is invited to come to the big event on Friday evening April 28th, from 6:00-8:30 pm. There will be hands-on activities for the whole family, including local scientist demonstrations, high school robotic teams, and more. Bring your family and friends to enjoy:
- Class and Student Projects
- Soda Geyser Demonstrations
- High School Robotic Demonstrations
- …And so much more!
Can you help? We’re looking for volunteers to help students during school hours before the event, parents who are interested in hosting a STEAM table at the event, and older siblings and parents who want to help with set-up and more! Sign up to help at STEAM night, or contact us if you want to be even more involved! Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ardmore Elementary Student STEAM Fair Project Information
What are you curious about? Find a science or engineering topic that sparks your interest and do an experiment or project (new this year, including art projects!) to share what you learn! Tri-fold display boards (or art paper) are provided free of charge, donated by the Ardmore PTSA. Additionally, we will have small prizes for each student that completes a project! The boards will be color-coded by grade level for our viewing enjoyment.
You can work on your project by yourself or with 1 partner. While parent/family involvement is welcomed, we strongly encourage students to do as much as possible on their own.
1. Please bring your tri-fold displays to school on Thursday, April 27nd, 2023, the day before the STEAM Night (Friday, April 28th, 2023).
2. Include your name and teacher on your display.
3. Students should plan to attend the evening of STEAM Night and be ready to talk about their experiments to attendees during the period when they are with their projects. Parents can stand with their students if they choose.
4. Please do not bring live animals to school. Instead, take pictures of your experiment in progress.
5. All projects with liquids or other messy substances must be displayed on a tray. A towel or a roll of paper towels must be brought to the Science Fair, to be used for rapid cleanup in case of a spill. These should be kept under the table for the science fair project.
You can think up your own project or get ideas from science books at home, the library, or online. If you need help with your project at school, you can let us know on the sign-up form!
Here are some ideas to get you thinking:
- Create a sense box, place objects inside, can you feel them? What happens if you wear gloves? Can you feel the objects with your feet? Taste different foods with a blindfold on, what happens if you pinch your nose?
- Make your own slime! and tell us how you do it. Can you explain what makes it so stretchy and gooey? Do different recipes work?
- Can you find different shapes in nature? Draw or take photos of which shapes you find and where. Do you see patterns?
- Can you sort buttons (or other objects) into sets? What do the objects in each set have in common? Can you sort them in other ways?
- Collect a variety of containers, predict which will hold the most liquid and the least. Do you use more water taking a bath or a shower?
- Can your friends correctly guess their own heights?
- Do cut flowers really last longer when the flower freshness packet is added to the water?
- How much sugar is in everyday foods and drinks?
- Does changing the way a paper airplane is folded affect the distance it flies?
- Does water with salt boil faster than plain water?
- How does leaving out an ingredient affect the taste of a cookie?
- Experiment with different objects to find out which ones sink or float. Find out what properties floating and sinking objects have.
- Does it matter in which direction seeds are planted?
- How can you demagnetize a magnet?
- Which objects are good conductors or insulators of electricity?
- Experiment with pH paper-saliva, drinking water, rainwater, skin, animal fur.
These great websites have great science and art project ideas (some by grade level):
Education.com (science project ideas)
Education.com (engineering project ideas)
Steve Spangler Science
Neuroscience for Kids
Parents.com Science Craft Projects
Left Brain Candy Art Projects
Instructables for Educators
We Are Teachers Easy Art Projects