Homeschool Virtual Science Fair

We are excited to invite your family to participate in the first ever OCEANetwork Virtual Homeschool Science Fair!

Why join the OCEANetwork Virtual Homeschool Science Fair? 

  • Enjoy exploring God’s creation.
  • Give students a way to showcase and share their science projects.
  • Develop or expand interest in scientific fields of study. 
  • Practice research, process, and presentation skills.
  • Free gifts for all participants and a chance to win prizes!

 Sponsored in part by Glen’s Gizmos, with additional prize items donated from participating homeschool exhibitors.

View the 2021 Science Fair Submissions!

We are proud of all the hard work these students have put into their science fair submissions! Have fun viewing their videos and cheering them on!

Steps to Participate

  • Important: Read the Guidelines before you start.
  • Decide on on the project you want to do.
  • Choose a method of presentation (ideas below).
  • Optionally, download the science fair journals. (linked above)
  • Submit your video presentation by May 24. (Research paper also required for high school.)

Who can participate? The Virtual Homeschool Science Fair is open to any independently homeschooled Oregon student in grades K-12.  Students will choose the appropriate age range to enter under when they submit their video.

Steps to Participate

  • Important: Read the Guidelines before you start.
  • Decide on the project you want to do.
  • Choose a method of presentation (ideas below).
  • Optionally, download the science fair journals. (linked above)
  • Submit your video presentation by May 24. (Research paper also required for high school.)

Who can participate? The Virtual Homeschool Science Fair is open to any independently homeschooled Oregon student in grades K-12.  Students will choose the appropriate age range to enter under when they submit their video.

Free Science Fair Project Journals!

Click the images below to download the science fair journals, a gift from Glen's Gizmos! (These are optional for submissions but are very helpful in organizing information, especially for high school students who are also required to submit a research paper with their video submissions.)

How the Science Fair Works (& Important Dates)

Make sure to submit your video by May 24th! On May 27th, the Virtual Homeschool Science Fair will go live with all the presentations for public viewing. We encourage families to share with friends and family!

Our Science Fair Judge, Joel Thomas from Glen’s Gizmos, will evaluate the presentations for each age range. One student from each group will be selected to receive a prize!

Important Dates

  • Now: Get started on your project. Need help choosing or organizing your project? See the helpful lists in the FAQ below.
  • May 24: Submit your videos by this date to make sure they’re included in the fair. Each participant will receive a fun science gift bag in the mail!
  • May 27: Presentations go live on the OCEANetwork site for public viewing and evaluation by Joel from Glen’s Gizmos.
  • June 4: Winners in each group will be announced and prizes sent out the next week!

 

Science Fair Gifts and Prizes!

A big thank you to Glen’s Gizmos and Home Science Tools, our event co-sponsor, for making the Virtual Homeschool Science Fair possible! We also are grateful for additional prize sponsors Timberdoodle, Northwest Treasures, and Speelman Daughter Designs for their contributions in making the science fair prizes fantastic!

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FREE gift mailed to all participants!

All students who submit their final science fair projects will receive a science-themed bag in the mail with fun surprises inside! 

Kinder – 2nd Grade

Littles will love exploring God’s creation with a microscope, volcano kit, dino cards, and more!

Prize Details

Beginner Microscope & STEM Kit ($99.99 value) given by Glen’s Gizmos – Includes STEM Kit with Metal Body Microscope, Plastic Slides, LED Light and Carrying Box

Gift Card to Home Science Tools ($50 value) given by Home Science Tools

Show Me Science: Volcanoes, Magnets, and More ($33.95 value) given by Timberdoodle

The ABCs Dino Deck ($5.99 value) given by Northwest Treasures 

In the Woods Toob ($13.29) given by OCEANetwork

3rd – 5th Grade

Your budding scientists will enjoy this quality microscope with book, pixel puzzle, and more!

Prize Details

Microscope with Slides and Microscope Book ($113.99 value) given by Glen’s Gizmos – Portable Dual Light All Metal Microscope with Slides and Microscope Book

Gift Card to Home Science Tools ($50 value) given by Home Science Tools

Starry Night Pixel Puzzle ($30 value) given by Timberdoodle

Backyard Birds Flash Cards ($10.99 value) given by OCEANetwork

Dr. Eureka Game ($16.50 value) given by OCEANetwork

6th – 8th Grade

Middle grade kiddos can win an LED microscope, rock cards, laser chess, and more!

Prize Details

40x-2500x Cordless LED Microscope + Special Slide Preparation Kit + Book ($415.99 value) given by Glen’s Gizmos

Gift Card to Home Science Tools ($50 value) given by Home Science Tools

Rock Identification Cards ($5.99 value) given by Northwest Treasures

Laser Chess Game ($39.95 value) given by OCEANetwork

3D Crystal Puzzle – Owl (White) ($10.50 value) given by OCEANetwork

9th – 12th Grade

One high school student will win a high quality microscope, fun t-shirt, and more!

Prize Details

40x-2500x Cordless LED Microscope + Special Slide Preparation Kit + Book ($415.99 value) given by Glen’s Gizmos

Gift Card to Home Science Tools ($50 value) given by Home Science Tools

God Created Science t-shirt ($12 value) given by Speelman Daughter Designs (Custom designed for this event! Your choice of color and size)

Magnetic Thinking Putty ($14.95 value) given by OCEANetwork

Newtonian Demonstrator ($19.95) given by OCEANetwork

Science Fair Ideas and FAQ

Expand the items below to find ideas to inspire your science projects, answers to frequently asked questions, & contact info.

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What kind of science project should I choose?
There are many different ideas and projects you can choose from. What are your interests? What have you always wondered about? Is there a science fair project that would build on your current homeschool science studies? Start with these questions and see if you come up with ideas that help you explore the answer through research and/or experiments. Below are some ideas to get you started.

 

How should I present my science fair project?

There are several ways to present your science fair project. For this science fair, your materials must be submitted as a video (Up to 5 minutes).

Your video will record you explaining your project. You must also use a visual aid during your presentation, such as a tri-fold board, objects, poster, slide show, or equivalent. While you don’t have to record footage of your actual experiments, you may do so if you wish.

Science fair journals can be downloaded to help organize information for your presentation. Submitting them with your video is optional.

You will upload your video and documents, if applicable, using this registration form. Grades 9-12 must also submit a research paper. See the guidelines document for what must be included in the paper. See the Virtual Homeschool Science Fair Guidelines document for more details. We highly recommend using the above journal to help them organize their information.  

Who can participate in the OCEANetwork Virtual Homeschool Science Fair?

All grade levels are welcome. The science fair is open to students in Oregon who have been educated at home in an independent homeschool in accordance with state homeschool laws. Students who live out of state or who are enrolled in a public school, private school, or charter school are not eligible to participate.

How will the science fair projects be evaluated?

Joel Thomas from Glen’s Gizmos will be using the criteria he developed, which you can find in the Virtual Homeschool Science Fair Guidelines document, to evaluate each project. One project will be chosen from each category to win a special prize!

Who do I contact if I have questions or problems?

If you have any questions or run into issues with your project submission, please contact Tauna at meyers@oceanetwork.org. We’re happy to help and hope you have a wonderful science fair experience!

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