Take the Sting Out of the Science Fair

science-fair-3The 2017 STEAM Expo (science fair) will be on February 24, 2017 at IJ Holton Intermediate School. While it is still months away, it is not too early to start talking with your 3rd or 4th grade students about participating. It takes time to select and complete a project for this event.



Here are a few reasons why the STEAM Expo Is Important:

• Encourages students to be curious, ask their own questions, and seek the answer themselves.
• Allows students to engage in science in a hands-on manner.
• Builds self-confidence in students.
• Develops a student’s written and oral communication skills.
• Students learn valuable problem-solving skills by applying the scientific method.

There will be several events and resources available at the Austin Public Library this science fair season to assist both students (and parents) with science fair projects. A list of these events are provided below.

Science School Events

Science Fair Boot Camp for Parents
December 1 and 5 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Austin Public Library

Hypothesis and Experiment – Guess and Test
Saturday, December 10 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. at the Austin Public Library.
Students will learn how to form a hypothesis and conduct an experiment for the science fair. The same program is held at both times.

If you are a parent who wants to support their child in participating in the STEAM Expo but don’t know how, this event is for you. We will take you through the science fair process, teach you about the scientific method, and equip you to help your student with their project. The same program will be held on both dates. Parents only need attend one.

Participation in these events is not required for a student to participate in the 2017 STEAM Expo. Please contact Catherine Haslag at ScienceFairMentorMN@gmail.com or 507-438-6084 if you have any questions about these events. You can also learn more about this program by visiting our website at www.sciencefairmentoring.org.


“This project was made possible in part by funding from the Minnesota Department of Education through a Library Services and Technology Act [LS-00-16-0024-16] grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.”

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