Ardmore Elementary School PTSA
Science Fair

Ardmore Science Fair/STEM Night

Friday, May 5
6:00-8:30 p.m.

Boards that were pre-ordered were delivered to classrooms on Monday, April 17. 
Turn in a yellow form to the office by Friday, April 28 if you still want to participate and receive a board.

Science Fair Instructions

​1. Please bring your tri-fold displays to school between 2:30-4:00 p.m. on the day of Science Fair/STEM Night (Friday, May 5), or to your classrrom if it is ready early. Questions? Email

2. Include your name and teacher on your display.
3. Students should plan to attend the evening of Science Fair/STEM 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.

6:30-6:50:   Kindergarten - Grade 1
6:50-7:10:   Grade 2 - Grade 3
7:10-7:30:   Grade 4 - Grade 5

​ 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 clean up in case of a spill. These should be kept under the table under the science fair project.

 6. Take your projects home at the end of the evening of Science Fair or they will have to be put in the trash!

Hey K-5 students! 

​What are you curious about? Find a science topic that sparks your interest and create an experiment for the Ardmore Science Fair/STEM Night!

In addition to our student Science/STEM displays, the Science Fair will have:
  • hands-on activities for families
  • local invited scientist demonstrations and shows
  • an Ardmore teacher-led booth
  • Interlake Robotics team
  • University of Washington Atmospheric Sciences
  • coding
  • an Insect Safari
  • Mad Science booth: "Ecstatic" Electricity
  • The Parrot Lady
  • and more!

Need to know info:

​The Science Fair Packet will help you to understand the scientific method and the engineering process and how to get started.

​You can work on your project by yourself or with 1 partner. While parent involvement is welcomed, we strongly encourage students to do as much as possible on their own.
Tri-fold display boards are provided free of charge, donated by the Ardmore PTSA. The boards will be color-coded by grade level for our viewing enjoyment!
Please return the sign-up form by March 24 so we can order the right number of display boards. Please send it in even if you have not decided on your topic yet. Boards will be delivered to classrooms after Spring Break.

Volunteers needed!

​Be a mentor/parent helper
We need volunteers to help students plan their experiments during the lunch hour and after school in the six weeks leading up to the event. 
Sign up to volunteer
Science Fair/STEM Night
We need volunteers to help set up before the event, help with some activities during the fair, and help clean up afterward. 
​Sign up to volunteer

Looking for project ideas? 

You can think up your own project or get ideas from science books at home, the library, or online.

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?
  • 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?
  • Does the color of water affect its evaporation time?​
  • Which battery lasts the longest? 
  • Which brand of microwave popcorn  pops the most kernels? 
  • Do cut flowers really last longer when the flower freshness packet is added to the water?
  • ​Does water with salt boil faster than plain water?
  • ​How does omitting an ingredient affect the taste of a cookie?
  • Does it matter in which direction seeds are planted?​
  • How far does a snail travel in one minute?​
  • Which objects are good conductors or insulators of electricity?
  • Examine different objects and determine properties of objects that sink and float.
  • Experiment with pH paper-saliva, drinking water, rainwater, skin, animal fur. 
​These great websites have many more ideas (some by grade level): (science project ideas) (engineering project ideas)
Discovery Education
Science Buddies
Steve Spangler Science
PBS Kids Science  
Kidz World
Neuroscience for Kids

Looking for project help? 

​Attend a help session!
March 22-April 26, subject to volunteer availability

Weekly help sessions with parent volunteers will be available during lunch hour and after school on certain days beginning March 22 through April 26. Session dates may change based on volunteer sign-ups. 

All sessions meet in the Art Room

Wednesday, March 22: Lunch hour
Thursday, March 23: 2:30-3:15 pm

Tuesday, March 28: 2:30-3:15 pm
Wednesday, March 29: Lunch hour

Monday, April 3: 2:30-3:15 pm
Wednesday, April 5: Lunch hour

Tuesday, April 18: 2:30-3:15 pm
Wednesday, April 19: Lunch hour

Monday, April 24: 2:30-3:15 pm
Wednesday, April 26: Lunch hour

We need helpers! Sign up to volunteer.

Don't wait until the last minute! Check out our sample project timeline/schedule for getting everything done a little bit at a time. 


Contact Lia Unrau,

​This Science Fair/STEM Night is sponsored by your Ardmore PTSA and run by PTSA volunteers.