2020 Navy Elementary STEAM Day & Fair: Let’s Clean It Up!

UPDATE: Sadly, this event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus-related school closure.

Our annual STEAM Day & Fair is coming to Navy on Monday, March 23, 2020! It’s an all-day, school-wide event featuring presentations from professionals in STEAM-related fields and a Fair highlighting student-led projects. Participation in the Fair is open to all Navy students Kindergarten through sixth grade.

Our goal is to encourage exploration and discovery and promote a deep, lifelong passion for the sciences, technology, engineering, arts, and math.

STEAM Fair Theme and Projects

Last year, the STEAM Fair was out of this world. This year, we’re looking around this world and asking the questions: What can we do to clean it up? How can we leave things better than how we found them? What problems (big or small) can we solve to help us be better stewards of the world around us?

We are excited to see how Navy students answer these questions through explorations in the STEAM fields: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math!

STEAM Fair projects are about asking questions like “Why?”, “How?”, or “What if?”. Topics can fall into one or more STEAM-related fields. Students can:

  • Use scientific, engineering, or design methodologies to discover answers to their questions
  • Create a model or presentation to show how something works
  • Explore and present theme-related topics through the arts (visual, music, etc.)  

Project ideas should come from the students and students should drive their projects. It is important that students conduct their own research, experiments, and discovery—even if the experiment or design doesn’t work!

Parents should use their best judgment in deciding when to get involved, such as when there is a potential safety issue. For especially young students, parents may provide some guidance.


Registration opens Monday, January 6, 2020.

Registration for the STEAM Fair begins Monday, January 6, 2020 and ends Saturday, February 8th.

To register visit: http://navypto.org/events/steam-fair/steam-fair-registration/

Project Survey

In order to adequately plan the logistics for the STEAM Fair–to make sure everyone has display space and a time to present their project to the judges–we need to all participants to complete the Project Survey form here: http://navypto.org/events/steam-fair/steam-fair-project-survey/. The Project Survey will open Monday, February 10, 2020.

Project Teams

Work on your project independently, work with a partner, or work with a team—it’s your choice!

All participants must be current Navy Elementary students.

Partner or team members can come from different classes or grades. Maximum team size is four.

Information Guides

Ideas to Get Started With

  • How does water filtration work? What materials are effective at water filtration? What’s in the water in our streams and waterways that needs to be cleaned out (globally, locally)?
  • What are some means/inventions/techniques to reduce waste (reduce, reuse, recycle) and/or keep waste out of our environment (globally, locally, hyper-locally–I’m personally hoping someone designs a room cleaning robot 😉 )? What can we do with the waste we have (energy production, recycling into new materials, creating art)? How does recycling work? What materials can be recycled? What are some ways we can reuse items we would otherwise throw away? What products are made from recycled materials? How are they made?
  • What effects do pollutants have on our environment? How would plants grow with increased heat and/or CO2?
  • How does energy production work? What can we use to create energy? How does energy production affect our environment?
  • How does an environment recover after a disaster (natural or man-made)? Is there anything we can do to help (without making things worse elsewhere)?
  • What are the effects of light or sound pollution on our environment? What is light pollution? What is sound pollution? What are some ways to measure ambient light and/or sound? How much is too much? What are some ways we can reduce light and/or sound pollution?


Judging rubric: 2020 Navy STEAM Fair Judging Rubric (PDF)

The STEAM Fair is an opportunity for students to explore topics within the STEAM fields. Through the STEAM Fair, we hope to encourage a love of exploration, discovery, and practice their project design skills along the way. Participation is completely optional and voluntary. The judging portion of the STEAM Fair is an opportunity for the student to present and talk about their work to an adult who is likely not their teacher–another skill to practice.

The important thing in all of this is to remember that the STEAM Fair is not a competition.

The projects are evaluated on their merits using the rubric linked above and within grade-level expectations. We know these projects can take a lot of time and effort to complete. We hope they were also fun and opened minds to new ideas and knowledge. When a student really puts an effort in, it shows, and we want to celebrate that. Projects that show that extra effort receive gold, silver, or bronze ribbons for their team members. The rubric evaluation helps us determine which projects those are.

The judging phase of the STEAM Fair happens mostly in the morning. Times are assigned by grade. Students in mixed-grade teams present at the time for the highest grade level in their team. Teachers are provided with lists of the students participating and their times. We have volunteers that help make sure students are present at their project during their time so they are ready when it’s their turn to present. When finished, students are released back to their classes to enjoy the rest of their day.

Parents are not allowed in the project display rooms during judging. We want to keep the space as distraction free as possible. More importantly, we want the students to shine and show off their work. Parents and family members will be able to walk through project areas during the family time at the end of the day. Judges also do not judge grades they have a student in.

Results from the judging will be distributed to the students’ classrooms to go home at the end of the week.

Volunteers Needed

A big event like the STEAM Day & Fair is only possible with help from many volunteers. There are many jobs to be done, and we would love your help. Contact Patricia Kruep at pkruep@gmail.com for more information on how you can help make the STEAM Fair a success.