Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who can participate in the Kirkwood School District STEAMFest?
All students in grades K through 12 residing in the Kirkwood School District may participate.
Q: How many projects can each student register?
Each student may register one individual display project and may be part of one additional "team" display project".
Q: When does registration open?
Online registration opens December 2, 2019. Hard copy registration forms can be printed and turned in to the school office.
Q: When is the registration deadline?
The registration deadline is February 7, 2020. Students submitting registrations after the final deadline will participate on a display-only basis in a special section of the STEAMFest. They will not be eligible for scoring, nor will they be eligible for advancement to the Queeny Fair April 28 thru May 2, 2020.
Q: How do I volunteer to help?
Visit the Sign Up Genius website to select the area and time that best suits your schedule.
Q: Can team projects be registered?
Yes. Project teams can have no more than three students each. All team participants should register on the same online or hard copy form. More than three participants would qualify as a "classroom" project and would require a teacher to complete the online registration.
Q: When and where should student projects be dropped off?
NEW THIS YEAR -- TWO DROP-OFF DAYS: Thursday, March 5, 2020 between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., and Friday, March 6, 2020, between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Come to Kirkwood High School to room SC104 in the Science building. The best entrance is off the Dougherty Ferry parking lot.
Q: Do teachers need to attend the Fair?
Teachers can attend the Fair however attendance is not mandatory. Teachers are encouraged to attend as a show of support for their students.
Q: What happens during judging?
Judging will take place on both nights of project drop off -- Thursday, March 5, 2020, between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., and Friday, March 6, 2019, between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. as the projects are delivered to Kirkwood High School. Kirkwood will use its version of a scoring rubric based on the various rubrics used by the Academy of Science St. Lous Science Fair.
Q: How are the students judged?
Student projects are evaluated in person by at least two judges. Projects are judged according to a Scoring Rubric. Projects receive a score out of 100 total points from each judge. The average of the scores from the judges is used to determine first, second and third place. Judges may offer specific input designed to help students should they be chosen to advance to Queeny.
Q: Who can register the students?
Student projects are to be registered by the student, the parent or the student's teacher.
Q: Can a parent or guardian drop off their child’s project?
While we encourage students to drop off their project, a parent or guardian may bring the project to Kirkwood High School on either of the two drop-off days: Thursday, March 5, 2020 between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., and Friday, March 6, 2020, between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Q: If I qualify for Queeny, can I re-do my project, or even do a different project to display at Queeny?
No, because the grade that qualified you for Queeny was based solely on your current project. What you are allowed to do, however, is to make minor tweaks to your project based on feedback from your grading rubric. To re-do or replace your project would be unfair to the other students who displayed at STEAMFest.
Q: Is there an Awards Ceremony?
Not at the STEAMFest. However, some schools may elect to have a special ceremony or recognition process at their school building. Please check with the office of your child's school for details.
Q: What time does the STEAMFest end?
Our event closes down on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at 3:00 p.m.
Q: When can student participants pick up their project boards?
Student participants can pick up their project boards and their award packets any time they wish on the day of STEAMFest. Please remember that there are several hundred visitors to STEAMFest who would love to see all the exhibits, so we ask that you wait as close to 3:00 p.m. as possible.
Q: What happens if I don't pick up my project board?
Unclaimed display projects will be dismantled and put into recycling when possible. Non-recyclable parts will be put into the trash. There is no storage room for unclaimed display projects.
Q: Can I bring my pet to the STEAMFest?
Pets are not allowed (except service animals). A portion of our student population is allergic to pet dander. Other children are afraid of animals they are not familiar with. This is district policy we respectfully ask you to observe.
Q: Can students from different schools partner on a project?
Only students from the same school may collaborate on the same project. Different grade levels may also partner on a project.