For parent FAQ’s, please see below.

Frequently Asked Questions: Teachers and Schools

Q: Who can participate in the Elementary DC STEM Fair?

Only District of Columbia students in grades 3, 4, and 5 can participate in the elementary DC STEM Fair. Students from DC public, public charter, private schools and home-schooled students are eligible.

Q: How many projects can I register?

Each school can register up to five student projects for the elementary DC STEM Fair by May 17, 2019.

Q: When does registration open?

Registration opens April 3, 2019. Please submit one registration per school.

Q: When is the registration deadline?

The registration deadline is Friday, May 17. Teachers who register projects will receive a list of students who have been confirmed for the Fair. Only students who have been confirmed for the Fair are eligible to compete in the Fair. If you have not received a confirmation with the list of student participants, please email stemfairs2019@gmail.com ahead of the deadline to ensure your students can participate.

Q: Can team projects be registered?

Yes. Project teams can have no more than three students each. Schools can register up to five student projects for the elementary DC STEM Fair. These may be individual or team projects.

Q: When and where should teachers drop off student projects?

Teachers are encouraged to drop off all of the projects from their school on the evening before the Fair. More information about drop off times and location will be shared soon.

Q: What are the project judging categories for the STEM Fair?

At registration, the responsible teacher should select the most appropriate judging category for each project. The categories are:

  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Energy and Transportation
  • Engineering and Computer Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Mathematics and Physics
  • Medical and Health Science
  • Microbiology
  • Social and Behavioral Science
  • Zoology
Q: Do teachers need to attend the Fair?

Teachers can attend the Fair, however attendance is not mandatory. Teachers are encouraged to sign up for the free professional development in advance (PD will take place on site).

Q: What happens during judging?

Students will stand by their projects from 9:00 am till 11:00 am or until told that the judging period is complete. During that time, the students will be visited and interviewed by at least three judges. No teachers, family members or members of the general public are permitted in the judging area.

Q: How are the students judged?

Student projects are evaluated in person by at least three judges. Students must be at their poster and available for interview until the end of the judging period. Projects are judged according to a Scoring Rubric. Projects receive a score out of 100 total points from each judge.  The average of the scores from the three judges is used to determine first, second and third place within each STEM category. Grand award first, second and third place are awarded to the three highest scoring projects across the whole competition.





Frequently Asked Questions: Parents

Q: Who can participate in the Elementary DC STEM Fair?

Only District of Columbia students in grades 3, 4, and 5 can participate in the elementary DC STEM Fair. Students from DC public, public charter, private schools, and home-schooled students are eligible.

Q: How are students selected for the Elementary DC STEM Fair?

Typically, schools will select projects for the citywide Fair based on the results of their school-based fair (or another process to determine the projects of the highest quality). Likewise, projects from home-schooled students should undergo a quality assessment process before registration.

Q: Who can register the students?

Student projects are to be registered by the responsible teacher.

Q: Can a parent or guardian drop off their child’s project?

Teachers are encouraged to drop off all of the projects from their school on the evening before the Fair. More information about drop off times and location will be shared soon.

Q: Will there be food and beverages available for the students?

Yes, students in the competition will be provided with a snack.

Q: Will there be food and beverages available for parents and families?

Snack is provided only for student participants in the Fair. We recommend that you bring water and a snack from home.

Q: Will there be something for parents/guests to do while the student projects are being judged?

Yes. During the student project judging, there will be a STEM expo available for families during judging.

Q: What time is the Elementary DC STEM Fair Awards Ceremony?

More details on the awards ceremony coming soon.

Q: What time does the STEM Fair end?

Traditionally, Elementary DC STEM Fair ends after the Awards Ceremony at approximately 1:30 pm, however, the schedule is not finalized. More information coming soon.

Q: When can student participants pick up their project boards?

Student participants can pick up their project boards after the awards ceremony.

Q: When can I pick up my child at the STEM Fair?

Parents should plan to pick up their children from the Fair no later than 1:30 pm.

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