Lakeridge Science Fair
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ABOUT the lakeridge Science Fair
Challenge Your Mind, Satisfy Your Curiosity.
The goal of the Lakeridge Science Fair is to inspire and nurture scientific curiosity. Our event is a celebration of science. Either as a presenter or as a spectator, we guarantee you will learn something new and have fun doing it too.
The Lakeridge Science Fair is a noncompetitive event designed to encourage students to experience the fun true nature of science: to ask questions and find the answers yourself! Every student will have a chance to present their project and discuss their findings.
Our goals for the Science Fair are:
- Show kids that science can be fun and exciting.
- Show kids that they can ask questions about anything and discover the answers by themselves.
Benefits to our students are:
- Encourages independent thinking and a chance to think “outside the box”
- Opportunity to investigate and explore a new idea
- Builds presentation and data collecting skills
- Gets students acquainted with scientific terms and thought processes
A Science Fair certificate and medal will be awarded to each child following their presentation.
Who is eligible? All students are welcome to enter the Science Fair, Kindergarten through 5th grade.
Date: Friday, May 1, 2020
Time: 5:30-7:30pm (student check-in begins at 4:45 p.m.)
Location: Islander Middle School
Cost: Free of charge to enter. Minimal cost for project boards and t-shirts.
Besides the student presentations, there will be a few exhibits and shows provided by some wonderful organizations promoting STEM-based learning.
Previous years have included the “Infamous Egg Drop” and visits from local businesses like Mathnasium and Camp Wise who encouraging fun learning through Math and Science.
Judges & volunteers
The Lakeridge Science Fair cannot occur without day-of-event parent volunteers. During online registration, you will be asked to select at least one volunteer position per family. Volunteering is mandatory.
Parent Volunteer Opportunities include:
- Science Fair planning committee
- Judging Science Fair projects (We encourage parents to volunteers as a judge – It is fun way to get to know your child’s peers.)
- Help with check-in
- Assist with entertainment (shifts during the event)
- Help with food sales (shifts during the event)
- Help with clean-up after the event
Questions? Contact a member of the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- "My kids learned a ton when they did their projects.”
- “My kids are inspired to try it next year. They had a blast just going and looking at the entries.”
- “My child explained her project at least 20 times that evening and got better and better at her explanation and demonstration each time.”
- “I watched my child’s discussions with the judge and couldn’t help but think that he was improving his verbal communication skills and building his self-confidence.”
- “My child commented on the way home that the science fair was a lot more fun than he had expected.”
- “We learned more about science and the process of conducting an experiment. We also had dinner, petted a corn snake, watched the Pacific Science Center show, and had some treats from the bake sale. Needless to say, our experience exceeded any expectations that I and my family had coming into the evening!”
- “Our son loved the non-competitive aspect and listened intently to his judge’s feedback.”
- “I loved the vast array of ideas that the kids came up with and their enthusiasm to share them.”
history of the lakeridge science fair
- 2004: The first Mercer Island Science Fair started at Island Park Elementary School.
- 2007: This event was expanded when Lakeridge and West Mercer Elementary Schools joined forces to form the first All-Island Science Fair. This event attracted close to 300 entries and over 1000 spectators.
- 2008: The second All-Island Science Fair was held at the Mercer Island High School on a Saturday, where almost 250 students presented close to 180 exhibits.
- 2009: We decided to operate three separate Science Fairs at each of the three elementary schools to provide a cozier setting for the students.
- 2011: We outgrew our school and moved to Islander Middle School.
- In most recent years, we had close to 200 participants showing more than 160 science projects!
project boards & t-shirts
Science Fair is funded through the sale of project boards and t-shirts which can be ordered online at the time of registration.
- Payment is through PayPal or via check to the Lakeridge PTA (please note: “Science Fair” on the check).
- If you (or your partner) have already registered you for the Science Fair, but you would like to order additional project boards or t-shirts, please DO NOT REGISTER AGAIN.
- Project Boards: Gray , 36″ x 48” with a 36” X 10″ title board for extra stability. Cost: $10.
- T-shirts: White displaying the logo below. Cost: $12. Note: We have improved the quality of the shirt this year so it will be softer!
- Project boards and t-shirts will be delivered to students in their classrooms roughly two weeks prior to the science fair.