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CIS STEM Fair 2023 

Unleash your curiosity

Friday Apr. 14


5:15 - 7:30 PM

Registration is now closed

About STEM Fair

The 10th annual CIS STEM Fair is coming to town! 

In previous years, we’ve typically had over 90 students participate in individual or group projects, covering a wide range of topics from nature to technology. This year we are continuing the tradition!

Technology Class


The goal of the fair is for our children to learn how to do science. Therefore, the emphasis is on conversations. It gives each student scientist many opportunities to talk with others (peers and adults) about what they did, why they did it, what they found out, and what new ideas and questions they have. This emphasis on talk is critical for learning. Our 2023 STEM Fair model is intended to encourage our student scientists to share their findings, spark new ideas, and make connections — ideals that are important for doing STEM.

Additionally, this year we are bringing back the "Outstanding Science Poster" awards as a way to motivate and recognize students' efforts. All posters will be evaluated by adult judges with STEM experience, and winners will be announced the following week during the morning assembly. 

Participation by students in this event is highly encouraged, but not required. Student grades are in no way impacted by participation. The event is completely voluntary and sponsored by the CIS PTA.

Before the fair

  • Poster boards are available for pick up in the front office in early March. Each project gets 1 poster only. Posters are given out at a first-come, first-served basis until supplies run out. We will attempt to order more posters if they run out, but please note that there might be a long lag time due to delivery. Hence, we encourage you to register and pick up posters early on. 

  • Students can participate individually or in teams. A maximum of 3 students allowed per team. Please come up with a team name!

  • YMCA will host a series of science workshops prior to the fair. Learn more >>

On the day of the fair

5:15 PM

Check in and set up in the auditorium. Please enjoy light snacks served in the cafeteria. No food is allowed in the auditorium. 

5:50 PM

Opening remark in the auditorium.

6:00 PM

Conversations begin. Students will be split into A, B, and C groups.

  • 6:00 PM - 6:20 PM: Group A poster presentation time

  • 6:25 PM - 6:45 PM: Group B poster presentation time

  • 6:50 PM - 7:10 PM: Group C poster presentation time

While one group is presenting, the other 2 groups will explore the presentations accompanied by an adult and discuss with the presenters about their projects. A STEM Conversation Sheet will be provided to each student with instructions and a prompt for discussion. Students can show their completed sheets for a chance to enter their names into the raffle. The more sheets they complete, the more chances to win!

Judges will also come by and evaluate the posters during these time slots. To see the evaluation criteria, please visit the Awards section. 

7:20 PM

Raffle, closing remark, and clean up. Winners of the Outstanding Science Poster awards will be announced in the following week during the morning assembly.


Not sure how to create a poster?

Check out the Resources section for tips on poster creation, scientific method, and more!

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