Do you like to figure out how things work? Are you interested in plants and animals? Do you ask your parents a lot of questions about the world around you? Do you like to mix things together, touch things, and perform experiments at home? Then, get ready to be a scientist at K-3 Science Night!
K-3 Science Night is an opportunity for children (not their parents) in kindergarten through 3rd grade to present science experiments or demonstrations to their peers. If your experiment or demonstration is too cumbersome or requires at-home preparation, then document what you do at home and show everyone the data in any format you like. Your spot at the event can include pictures and before and after models. If you perform an experiment or demonstration right at the event, then make sure to bring all your own supplies. Feel free to present your results as a poster, but be advised that you will have to provide your own poster board.
Here are some guidelines for your participation in the event:
- Your parents are your go-to educators, because this is an out-of-school event.
- If you need suggestions on an experiment then look on the Internet. There you will find lots of websites with science experiments for kids. I have also posted links to some great websites on the K-3 Science Night page.
- Experiments that other kids can participate in during Science Night are the most popular, but demonstrations and documentation of at-home experiments are also great.
- Experiments that involve fire, explosions, or caustic chemicals will not be allowed at school. Try to use your best judgement so that no one can get hurt and no school property is damaged. Please also be aware that you will have to clean up whatever mess you make, so try to keep things contained.
- Collaborations on a project between students are highly encouraged. This is a wonderful opportunity for kids to get together and have fun doing science.
- Please be aware that there are very few outlets in the gym/cafeteria, so if you need to plug something in, let me know and I will try to reserve a spot for you near an outlet.
K-3 Science Night will be held on Thursday, March 30th in the Bryant gym/cafeteria from 6:30-7:30PM. Parents of young scientists should reserve a spot for their child by emailing me the child’s name and grade. Due to space constraints, we have to limit the total number of presentations/demonstrations to 95, so sign up early to reserve a spot for your child or group. The deadline for sign ups is Monday, March 27th.
If your child doesn’t want to present an experiment, that’s no problem — everyone is welcome to attend K-3 Science Night to see what all the fun is about, and you don’t have to sign up to attend!
Stay tuned to the Bryant Weekly for weekly suggestions on fun experiments to try at home with your child. I hope to see as many young scientists as possible, and look forward to an evening of science excitement!
Volunteer alert! This will be my last year running K-3 Science Night, so I’m looking for a co-lead who can take over the position next year. Please email me if you are interested. Natalya Yudkovsky
K-3 Science Night organizer