LVM Science Fair 2020: BE CURIOUS!

The Van Meter Science Fair is an opportunity for Van Meter students to use their scientific curiosity, conduct independent research, practice the scientific method, and promote science education, critical thinking, and problem solving skills outside of the classroom by creating and displaying the results of scientific study at the Science Fair Open House on Tuesday, February 4, 2020.

We invite all students with a curious mind in grades K-5, to work as individuals or in teams of up to three students to create a Science Fair Project. Start by wondering about the world around you and then take a look below for tips and tricks for creating a successful project. The all-new Parent and Student Handbook will help support you every step of the way!


Important Dates:

Wednesday, December 11, 2019:  Online registration opens.  If a student is part of a team, designate ONE member of the team to register and be the team leader.  You must be able to list the first and last names, grades and teachers of ALL participants on your team at the time of registration.  This ensures all team members receive proper recognition and rewards.

January 16, 2020 Free Science Fair Display Boards available at the Van Meter Front Office

Friday, January 31, 2020:  Online Registration Closes

Tuesday, February 4, 2020Drop off, set up & review projects in the Van Meter MPR.   Science Fair Open House:  6-8 pm.


Who can participate?

  • Students from K-5th grade are encouraged to enter the Science Fair.
  • Projects may be done individually or as a team. Parents must approve of the team and each team member must participate equally.  Team members may be siblings and be from different grades.  No more than three students may be on a team.


What do students receive for participating?

  • Every participant will receive a ribbon, certificate of participation and commemorative key chain.
  • Each project will be reviewed by a science professional & constructive, written feedback will be given.
  • Every participant will be entered into a raffle for one of many prizes. Raffle will be held at the Science Fair Open House.


How do I pick a project?

  1. Ask questions about the world around you.  BE CURIOUS!
  2. Educate yourself about the scientific method.
  3. Go to our project ideas page in the Student Handbook for lots of idea starters.
  4. Read about how to set up your project.
  5. Read about how your project will be evaluated.
  6. Pick a project that is interesting to you. Also remember the following:

Make sure you can execute your project on your own with the free time you have outside of school. Remember this is a student project, not a parent project.

Determine if your project will need power. Power outlets at the Science Fair Open House are very limited so send an email to if you have need for power. We will do our best to accommodate requests on a first-come, first-served basis.

Project safety is critical: No projects will be allowed that contain hazardous materials such as dry ice, fog machines, flammable materials, caustic chemicals, etc.  Also, due to food allergies of participants and visitors to the Science Fair, any food that is part of a project display must be in a tightly sealed container. (For more details on our Safety Rules, refer to the Student Handbook.)


How do I register for the Science Fair?


Materials to Help

LVM Science Fair Student & Parent Handbook (Download Handbook)


Brainstorming Worksheet (Download)


What are the important Science Fair dates?

Web Registration:December 11 – January 31
Display Board Distribution:From January 16 at the Van Meter Front Office
Completed Science Fair Project Drop-Off & Set-Up:February 4

7:30 am – 9:00 am


School Viewing of Projects:February 4

During designated class viewing times in the MPR

Science Fair Open Houses:February 4

6:00-8:00 pm  

*Raffle Winners Announced* (Do not need to be present to win)


Project Pick-Up:Wednesday, February 5
7:45 – 8:10 amMPR


What if I have more questions?  Contact