Science Fair: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: How do we register for the science fair?
A: Registration for the fair is done online.
Q: Where does the Science Fair take place?
A: The Science Fair will take place virtually this year.
Q: What time should students participating in the fair arrive?
A: Student scientist should arrive at their designated presentation times
Q: On the night of the Science Fair, do student scientists have to wait in line to check-in for their table assignments and name tags?
A: No, this does not apply to this year’s Virtual Science Fair. In future years we will post table assignments on this site a few days prior to the Science Fair so that on the night of the Fair, student scientists can arrive at Bowman and walk directly to their table where they will find their name tags and project number.
Q: I have an older child who qualifies for the first Science Fair evening and a younger child who qualifies for the second evening, do we have to register and attend both nights?
A: No, this does not apply to this year’s Virtual Science Fair. In future years, if you prefer, please register both your children for the evening that is most convenient for your family. For example, if a family has a fourth grader and a first grader, they are welcome to register and attend the evening of their choice.
Q: Will there be judging at the science fair?
A: There is no judging. This is a non-competitive, fun science fair. Each participant comes up with his or her own experiment or demonstration, and is awarded a certificate by a Visiting Scientist.
Q: What is a Visiting Scientist?
A: Visiting Scientists are volunteers from the Bowman community who share our enthusiasm for kids doing science. A Visiting Scientist will briefly chat with each student about his or her exhibit, ask questions and give feedback, and then award each student a certificate.
Q: Where do I get an exhibit board for my child to create the display?
A: This does not apply to this year’s Virtual Science Fair. Any office supply (Staples) or craft store (Jo-Ann’s, Michael’s, AC Moore, Playtime in Arlington) carries these boards.
Q: My child is a kindergartener. Is it realistic for a kindergartener to participate in the Science Fair?
A: Absolutely! A lot of Bowman kids begin Science Fair in kindergarten. Even if your child does not yet know how to write, you can still participate by doing the dotted letter thing on lined paper and having him or her trace over it, then glue the pages onto the display.
Q: Can my child do an experiment with siblings or a friend?
A: Yes, students are welcome to work in a small group. Groups should be no larger than 3 people. Before registering, select one student to be responsible for registering. During the registration process, there will be fields to enter all group members’ names, emails, grade and teacher.
Q: May I come to the fair even I didn’t have time for a project?
A: Yes! Everyone at Bowman will be able to view the Science Fair presentations online this year. Come support your fellow students.
Q: My question wasn’t answered. Who can I ask?
A: We’re happy to help. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.