I am a new charter school science teacher (Grades K - 5). We are going to have a science fair the last week of March 2019. I would like to find an organization that can help me plan it. I'd like the fair to be a lot of fun, unique, and of course very informative. I'd like flashing lights to go with the music.
Are there any organizations that would sponsor this science fair? Does anyone have any ideas?
Congratulations on committing to a science fair at the K-5 level. Most science fairs occur from grade 5 and up. There is a recent report out that makes the case for early experiences. The brief, "Considerations for STEM Education from PreK-3", is from the Community Advancing Discovery Research in Education and sponsored by the NRC. It highlights important considerations about STEM educational experiences for young children. It makes the case for early exposure to STEM fields and summarizes research that says it makes a big difference for kids in socio-emotional development and STEM-related habits of mind like critical thinking, and improves performance in other subjects.
As far as support for your endeavor, New York State has fine resources. Of course, the closest might be your STANYS section. If you do not know your section contact you can find it at stanys.org/sections. There is also the STEM Hub network. The STEM Hub network is a partnership of educators and business community members. Financial support for teacher efforts is a priority for most Hubs. You can find your contact person through https://www.listemhub.org/ . The NewYork Science Congress also has support practices that you could use and contact people that you can find through your STANYS section..
All of these organizations will emphasize that you focus your projects on the appropriate NYSSLS grade level performance expectations and science and engineering practices. Two other important features of your science fair would be support for teams of two to four and facilitation of parent involvement.
This should give you a good start on organizing but please feel free to follow-up with comments or other questions.