Ardmore Elementary School PTSA
Science Fair

Ardmore Science Fair/STEM Night

Friday, March 23
6:00-8:30 p.m.

Exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on activities for everyone in the family!

Hey K-5 students! 

​What are you curious about? Find a science or engineering topic that sparks your interest and do an experiment or project and share what you learn!

In addition to our student Science/STEM displays, the Science Fair will have
  • Interlake Robotics team
  • an Insect Safari
  • hands-on activities for families
  • local invited scientist demonstrations and shows
  • and more!

Need to know info:

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 Feb. 9 so we can plan. Please send it in even if you have not decided on your topic yet. Free boards will be delivered to classrooms in early February.

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/family involvement is welcomed, we strongly encourage students to do as much as possible on their own.

Fun volunteer opportunities!

Help Sessions
These sessions are for kids who sign up to use a simple kit off the menu from the Family Connections Center.

​Three days only! 
Wed, Feb. 28, 10:30-12:10
Wed, March 7, 10:30-12:10
Wed, March 14, 10:30-12:10

Want to help? Email 
 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. 

Want to help? Email 

Science Fair Instructions

​1. Please bring your tri-fold displays to school by Thursday, March 22, the day before Science Fair/STEM Night (Friday, March 23). 
New this year: Students will tour their fellow students' projects during the school day. 
​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.

​ 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.

Looking for project ideas? 

You can think up your own project or get ideas from science books at home, the library, or online. The Family Connections Center also will have a menu of grade-appropriate projects.

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?
  • Can you find different shapes in nature? Draw or take photos of which shapes you find and where.
  • 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 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

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.