Elementary Division

3rd - 6th Grade


Date Event
Sep 7
3:00 - 4:30 pm
Teacher orientation on-line - At least one person from each participating school needs to attend orientation
Dec 1 School Registration opens
Jan 5 All elementary schools should be registered by this date
Jan 19 Ideally, all school fairs should be completed by this date
Jan 25 Deadline for teachers to submit student projects to GARSEF
All requirements for each project should be complete (Steps 1-4)
Feb 23 Check-in and set-up of all projects at Palmer Event Center
This can be done by student, parent, or teacher
Feb 24
9:30 - 1:30 am
Exploring Science Open!
All students need to be supervised while in the Exploring Science area
Feb 24
8:30 - 10:15 am
5th - 6th grade Judging
Students should be at their projects 15 minutes early
Feb 24
11:00 - 12:45 pm
3rd - 4th grade Judging
Students should be at their projects 15 minutes early
Feb 24
2:00 - 4:30 pm
Public viewing of all projects
Feb 24
3:00 - 4:30 pm
Elementary Award Ceremony for everyone
All students will be called to the stage by Grade, District, and School for group photos
Feb 24
4:30 pm
Project boards are taken down and discarded
Please remove any project boards you wish to keep before this time



How Will My Child Benefit?

A science project integrates many diverse skills, including reading, writing, math, statistics, ethics, critical thinking, and use of computers, graphics, scientific methodology, and public speaking.

The journey to and through the Science Festival is one of self-discovery. It teaches children to develop questions into formal, testable, and solvable problems; it helps prepare them to approach life's challenges systematically. Learning outcomes and finding answers offer powerful self-validation.

How Can I Help?

While your encouragement is the most valuable contribution, your eye on safety is also important.

You may offer guidance wherever you can, but the project should reflect your child's individual effort and design. The project's performance at the Science Festival is less important than what your child accomplishes and learns.

Your child might need help with:

  • selecting an age-appropriate project
  • planning and managing the project timeline - watch out for registration deadlines!
  • getting to libraries, museums, nature centers, universities, and more technical work, such as construction or photography—or, for the youngest, drawing straight lines
  • explaining the project to an audience. You might, for example, play the role of a Science Festival judge and ask probing questions


The most important possible outcomes of your child's project are the joy and learning that come from scientific discovery.