Family Science Fair
In collaboration with
Saturday, April 6
Marbles Kids Museum
Registration closes Wednesday, April 3
Itís our first ever Family Science Fair! Two ways to take part: Sign-up to display your own project or simply explore others' creations and investigations. Engage in hands-on science activities and demonstrations with NC Department of Public Instruction science specialists. Share your science! Explore what others want to know! Wonder why. Ask a question. Investigate and find out.
To participate: Collaborate as a family on a science project that springs from your childís natural interests and curiosity.
Do a science project together at home.
Bring it in to display at the Family Science Fair.
Informally share what you learned with guests.
For scientists Pre-K - Grade 5 and their families. Free museum admission for each registered participant and their family. Noncompetitive, itís all about the fun of finding out.
To explore: Free with museum admission.
How It Works!
Pre-registration required. Click here to register. Space is limited.
Free museum admission for participants (limit 4). You will receive your free admission stickers when you check-in with your project on April 6.
Work together as a family on a science project. Follow your child's interests and lead. Remember, the Family Science Fair is non-competitive. No judging or prizes; it's all about the fun of finding out.
Display your project. You'll have 24" (depth) x 36" (width) of space to share your work. Get creative with it!
Remember, Marbles is all about hands-on exploration. Plan for play! If you're worried about things being handled, consider including photos. Marbles cannot be responsible for damage or loss.
The following projects are not allowed: projects involving microorganisms except for bread yeast and lactobacillus/yogurt; projects that may cause harm to animals or people; or projects involving dangerous substances.
The following may not be displayed at the science fair: components requiring electricity; live animals, taxidermy or preserved animal specimens; human or animal parts; or substances that may cause harm if touched, spilled or swallowed.
Arrive with your project between 9-9:45am on Saturday, April 6.
When you arrive, sign up for a time to host your project and talk with guests about your discoveries:
Spend the day the Marbles way. Enjoy the Family Science Fair, play in the museum, see a documentary, grab lunch and/or participate in Nano Days (1-4pm).
Pick up your project between 2-3pm on Saturday, April 6.
**NC DPI will be giving away 10 copies of the book Family Engineering at the fair on April 6.**
Take a look at these websites and books for ideas and guidance to get you started.
- NC Science Fair: This website provides information and resources for most school science fairs in North Carolina. While the Family Science Fair is much more informal, this site is useful.
- Science Fair Central: Ideas for projects and project planning tools.
- Science Buddies: More great project ideas, including a search tool to help you find a project that matches what you're curious about!
- Science Play: Hands-on science exploration for the littlest learners.
- Family Science: Sample science activities for kids and grown-ups to try together.
- Family Engineering: Activities and resources for budding engineers and their grown-ups.
- Steve Spangler Science: Science fun beyond belief!
- JVC's Science Fair Projects: Project ideas for all ages and interests, with a special section on young learners.
- NC Essential Standards for Science (Grades K-2; Grades 3-5): Find out what science skills and content kids learn at each grade level.
Big Book of Play and Find Out Science Projects, Janice VanCleave
Prize-Winning Science Fair Projects for Curious Kids, Joe Rhatigan & Rain Newcomb
Play and Find Out about the Human Body, Janice VanCleave
Play and Find Out about Bugs, Janice VanCleave
Play and Find Out about Nature, Janice VanCleave
Play and Find Out about Math, Janice VanCleave
Can I bring a project I entered in my school science fair? Yes, absolutely!
Do I have to use a trifold? No. Your 24" (depth) x 36" (width) space is yours to use however you'd like.
How old do I need to be to participate? The Family Science Fair is for kids and their families ages preschool-Grade 5, or ages 3-11.
The guidelines say to sign up for a time to host my project. What does that mean? If you'd like, choose a 30-minute time to stand with your project and talk to other guests about what you did and what you found out. If you want to host for a longer or shorter period or not at all, that's fine too. The Family Science Fair is an informal event.
Registered entrants get free admission to Marbles Kids Museum for the day (limit 4). Where do I get my admission sticker? When you check-in your project, we will give you admission stickers. Make it a day: enjoy the Family Science Fair, play in the museum, see a documentary, grab lunch and/or participate in Nano Days (1-4pm).
Will there be prizes? The Family Science Fair is non-competitive. No judges or prizes. It's all about the fun of finding out.
Questions? Contact Hardin Engelhardt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919.857.1012.