Science Day 2020 Registration


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1:00-4:00 PM


EXCITING FOR KIDS: Share something you think is cool about science! Your presentation can be an experiment you try, an invention you create or a hobby you enjoy. Work on your own or with a team of friends or siblings from any grade. Every presenter gets a Science Day T-Shirt!


EASY ON PARENTS: Projects should be kid-quality! You can design your own project or choose one from a list created by Bowen parents and teachers. Each team gets a free poster board!


FUN FOR EVERYONE: All students are invited to create a science project! Even if you don’t create a project, come to the event, check out what your friends have done, and investigate science at hands-on exhibits by local organizations!


REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED:  Complete this form by Friday, January 17 to reserve space for your project. Give it to BoBot, Bowen’s Science Day Robot, in the Bowen lobby or register online at:

Please read the next page for guidelines before registering!

Parents and guardians will be contacted by e-mail to confirm registration.


QUESTIONS? E-mail Contact us anytime you have a question! Volunteers are available to help if you get stuck while working on your project or if you are unsure whether something is allowed.

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List all participants if you are on a team. Return this page and keep the rest of this packet for reference.





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What is your project about?



Needs an electrical outlet: Yes No Needs Wi-Fi: Yes No

Involves water or other liquid: Yes No List liquids other than water:


Involves matches or lit candles: Yes No


Other special requirements: __________________________________________________________________


Days and times my parent can pick up poster board at school (circle all which work for them):


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  • We expect kid-quality projects only. Parent support is great (and may be necessary for younger students), but students should take the lead. Questions can be sent to


  • Students can work alone or in teams. Team members can be in different grades.


  • Projects can be inventions (a new gadget to solve a problem), displays (show off something science-y you think is cool) or question-hypothesis-experiment-conclusion investigations (guess how something works, try it out and see what happens). Not sure what to do? Check out the idea list in this packet!



  • Parent volunteers are introducing students to this event with experiments in the classrooms this week. Discuss this year’s visits with your family for inspiration!



  • Experiments that need to be done over multiple days are ok. Do them at home, take photos along the way and show off your results at Science Day!


  • Projects do not have to work perfectly. Sometimes we learn more when things don’t work out! It’s the idea and process that counts, so please bring your project even if it didn’t work the way you thought it would.



  • Each project needs to fit on a 2’ x 3’ table space and have a kid-quality poster explaining what you did and the science behind it. You can use words, drawings or photos. Do not get hung up on the quality of the poster. Short and simple is best – it will help you explain your project to the other students! To keep it easy, you will be provided the poster board after registration closes.


  • Be sure to include your name(s), grade(s), and teacher(s) on the back of your poster. We will have a photographer at the event and it is best if student names do not appear in the photographs.


  • Electrical outlets are limited and not guaranteed. Let us know right away if your project needs one.


  • Safety is the highest priority! Please make sure that your project is safe. We need to ensure the safety of the gym floor too – please ensure all materials are non-toxic, non-staining and non-corrosive. No dry ice is permitted. Nothing explosive please! Participants with projects that appear unsafe will be asked to remove their experiments.


  • If your experiment is messy, please bring the appropriate supplies to keep the area clean and safe, especially for any spills on the floor and to protect the tables.


  • Students are encouraged to be creative and use common household and upcycled materials. Batteries are allowed, but gas, propane and latex is not allowed. Food may be part of the project (no nuts at event, please!).


  • The gadget or experiment may not be harmful to any living thing. Live animals should not be brought to Science Day.


  • Project set-up time will be at 1:00pm on February 9. More details will follow the week prior to the event.


There are many ways to use your project poster board! Below are some examples from past Science Days. You can get more examples, watch how-to videos, and browse tips to make your display awesome online at






Do you want to participate in Science Day, but aren’t sure what project to do? Below are some ideas your teachers thought would be fun to work on. We hope this list and the list of online resources on the next page helps you find something that interests you. You can do one of the experiments below or change the idea to suit your curiosity!



Category Idea
Aerodynamics Parachutes: Does size matter? 
Animal behavior Which kinds of food do dogs (or any animal) prefer best?
Animals Create a model of an animal’s habitat.
Chemistry Which food will mold the fastest? 
Chemistry Do some colors absorb more sunlight than others?
Engineering Which paper towel brand is the strongest?
Engineering Design a boat that can carry a heavy load without sinking.
Meteorology How are clouds formed?
Meteorology How are tornadoes formed?
Physics How do balls of various weights and sizes move on inclined planes (ramps)?
Physics How high do different sized/different material balls bounce?
Plant biology How many seeds do different types of fruit produce?
Plant biology Demonstrate the life cycle of a plant.
Plant biology Do plants need sunlight to grow?



Category Idea
Animals Demonstrate the life cycle of a butterfly or frog.
Astronomy Measure the phases of the moon.
Chemistry Big Pieces or Small Pieces: Which React Faster? This project explores what effect the particle size of the reactants has on the speed of a chemical reaction, such as the production of carbon dioxide gas by an Alka-Seltzer tablet.
Energy Do incandescent and fluorescent bulbs produce the same kind of light? Do incandescent and fluorescent bulbs produce the same amount of heat?
Engineering Compare the strength of different materials to build your own structure.
Environmental science Does recycled paper break down in the environment faster than regular paper?
Meteorology What is the difference between the temperature in direct sun and in the shade? Is the difference always the same?
Physics Conduct Galileo’s Famous Falling Objects Experiment – Investigate whether a heavier object falls faster than a lighter object. 
Physics Create a balloon-powered car.
Plant behavior Does music affect plant growth?
Plant biology How old are the trees in your backyard (or neighborhood)?
Water cycle Create your own water cycle.
Water cycle Does the amount of ice in a container affect the amount of condensation produced?


Do you want to participate in Science Day, but aren’t sure what project to do? Below are some ideas your teachers thought would be fun to work on. We hope this list and the list of online resources on the next page helps you find something that interests you. You can do one of the experiments below or change the idea to suit your curiosity!



Category Idea
Aerodynamics How far will it fly? Build and test paper planes with different drag.
Biology Decomposition: what do worms eat?
Biology How does moisture affect the color of soil?
Biology How does the digestive system work?
Chemistry Can you make Alka-Seltzer fizz faster or slower by changing the temperature of the water? How big of a difference in the rate of a chemical reaction can temperature make?
Chemistry How does light make color?
Energy How can hydropower be used to lift an object?
Energy Use the Sun’s Energy to Heat Your Own Water – Which color of plastic bag heats up the water the most?
Energy Which materials make good insulators?
Geology Create a model of the Earth’s layers.
Physics Investigate how the distance of stretch in a rubber band at rest relates to the distance the rubber band travels after being released. 
Physics Which materials are the best and worst conductors of electricity?
Physics How do you make a magnet?
Plant biology Why do plants turn brown?
Robotics Make a robot hand using everyday materials.
Technology Create a game by writing computer code.
Weather Create your own wind meter to measure the speed and power of wind.
Weather How do yearly rainfall or snowfall statistics in your area compare with corresponding numbers of traffic accidents?
Weather How do changes in air pressure affect the weather?


Science Buddies Topic Selection Wizard
This site provides science project ideas and a Topic Selection Wizard in the areas of Physical Science, Biology or Life Science, Earth Science, Environmental Science, and Engineering or Invention.  All projects are divided into three categories (beginner, intermediate and advanced) and you can choose the amount of time you have from less than a day, a few days, a few weeks or more than a month. Answer some questions about your interests and the site will give you some great ideas! 

If you are still unsure, check out more online resources on the next page.


Bill Nye the Science Guy
Features many fun different science experiments.
BrainPop and BrainPop Junior – Science Units
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A graphically easy way for students to explore different areas for their science projects. BrainPop Junior is appropriate for grade K-3 students. Bowen students have access to both sites using this login information:
BrainPop – Scientific Method
BrainPOP movie walks students through the steps of the scientific method, which can be used to design any kind of experiment.
Discovery Education: Science Fair Central
Helpful guide on how to approach an elementary science fair project, with ideas provided for early and later elementary students. Elementary School Science Fair
Extensive database of project ideas that can be filtered by grade level and subject area.
Energy Kids (US Energy Information Administration)
A wide range of science experiments related to energy consumption and efficiency.
Google Science Fair Student Resources
A search tool to help kids come up with a science project they’ll enjoy (although geared towards older kids).
Google Science Fair Page
Videos of past science fair projects.
Helping Your Child Learn Science

A great reference for every day science projects and explorations which can be done at home.
Home Advisor – A Handyman’s Guide to Tinkering

Tinkering is a hands-on form of open-ended exploration to learn about how things work, how to improve them, and how to build new things. This article links to many online resources about tinkering, simple electronics, simple machines and more.

Hour of Code
Beginning coding sites and exercises compiled by Bowen’s Instructional Technology Specialist, Lauren Dietz.
How to Make Rock Candy!

Rock candy is a deliciously fun way to learn about how yummy science can be while exploring concepts such as evaporation and crystal formation.


Mr. Nussbaum – Science Topics for Kids in Elementary and Middle School
Many games and interactive learning modules covering a wide range of scientific topics.
NASA Weather Science Fair

Interactive games, hands-on activities, and engaging articles that make climate science accessible and fun.

National Energy Education Development Project
Provides project ideas related to energy efficiency and consumption.
National Geographic for Kids
Video library providing a wide variety of science experiment ideas.
National Weather Service – Weather Science Content for Kids and Teens

A listing of weather and meteorology sites geared towards kids. Includes weather school, modelling tools, games and a reference of summer camps for budding meteorologists.
NOAA SciJinks A fun weather and earth science site for kids with project ideas and help, and a scientific method explanation: 
PBSKids Zoom Activities
Provides project ideas under the categories of Chemistry, Engineering, Physical Science, Mathematics, Art, Nature, Human Biology. Has many activities, videos and games to explore.
Periodic Table of the Elements, in Pictures and Words

An interactive periodic table of elements. Click on each to see its everyday use and learn a little more about it!

Periodic Videos

The team at Periodic Videos has created a TED-Ed Lesson for every element of the periodic table. Click on an element and watch a video to learn all about it!

Sick Science with Steve Spangler
Videos of some easy experiments.
Title Pro’s Tinkering Guide

A tinkering guide and covers simple electronics, simple machines, engineering, coding, and more

Wristband Resources – The Science Behind Glow in the Dark Toys and Materials

What makes things glow in the dark? The science behind luminescence is explained and a long list of “Glow-in-the-Dark Activities” is provided for some fun.