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Science Fair

The Science Fair was held on Thursday, February 1, 2018                              
Volunteer judges spent the morning meeting students and learning about their Science Fair projects.
Student's projects covered a wide variety of topics, from bath bombs to volcanoes to crayfish. The judges were impressed by the hard work and dedication shown by our students. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, as well as honorable mentions were announced to the school, and are posted below. Great job to all! Thank you to all who made this such a successful event, especially the volunteers who helped with set up, break down, judging and general logistics.

The Science Fair is an opportunity to embark on a fun scientific adventure. It is held every year in early February. All Walnut Acres students, Grades K-5, are encouraged to think like young scientists and to submit a project in any science-related field. Projects can be as varied as their interests. Sports, music, art, rocketry, psychology, food, computers...whatever interests them can become an interesting project. Through their projects, students will discover that science is found all around them.

The project can be an experiment, demonstration of scientific principles, or an invention. 

All grades can participate and every child receives a participant ribbon! Parent volunteers interview the students about the project on the day of the fair and write up a comment sheet. This is excellent practice in talking about one's work outside the classroom. The first place winners from the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades will be entered into the Mount Diablo Unified School District Elementary STEM Showcase.  It will be held on March 10, 2018 at the Willow Creek Center, 1026 Mohr Ln, Concord, CA. You can find more info about the MDUSD STEM Fair here

Participation in the science fair is mandatory for all 4th and 5th graders most years.  The 4th graders will work in class on group projects for the fair and will register via their teacher.  This year, 5th graders will also work in class on group projects and register via their teacher.  However, they can also submit individual projects for science fair for which they will have to fill in separate entry forms as mentioned below.

Each year, there is a class walk-through in the afternoon. In the evening, there is an open house so all students and their families can enjoy the Science Fair projects.

Here is a link to the Project Entry Form. 

The science fair is successful only due to the hard work of the students and parent volunteers. Please consider joining us as a volunteer by signing up on Konstella:

Science Fair 2018 Schedule     

Wednesday, January 10th

Entry forms due!  Register online at or on paper and drop it in the Science Fair box in the office

Wednesday, January 31st

Deliver and set-up projects in the MUR (11:30-1:30 and 6:30-7:30 pm)

Thursday, February 1st


• Judges talk with each student and assess projects (8:00 12:00 noon)

• Classes view projects (12:30-2:30 pm)

• FAMILY OPEN HOUSE (2:30-4:00 and 6:00-7:30 pm)

Friday, February 2nd

Classes view projects (8:00-2:30 pm)

Projects must be taken home (2:30-3:30 pm)

Saturday, March 10th

Annual MDUSD Elementary STEM Showcase (9 to 11 AM)

 Questions? Contact the science fair coordinators,

**Please refer to the project guidelines and judges standards for complete information on preparing for Walnut Acre's Science Fair.**

There are many sources of information for choosing and planning a project including books found in the Walnut Acres and public libraries and science-related websites such as: the steps of the Scientific Method with the Engineering Design Process Method).

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