Date: Friday May 10th, 2019
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (student check-in begins at 4:45 p.m.)
Location: Islander Middle School
Cost: FREE! We sell project boards and t-shirts to defray the costs – please have payment information ready before registration.
Questions?: Contact a member of the committee at email@example.com.
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. A Science Fair certificate and medal will be awarded to each child following their presentation.
The first Mercer Island Science Fair started at Island Park Elementary School in 2004. This event was expanded in 2007 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. In 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. In 2009, we decided to operate three separate Science Fairs at each of the three elementary schools to provide a cozier setting for the students. However, in 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!
- 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 Your Children
- 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
- ” 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.”