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 only one individual project OR may be part of one additional "classroom" project (limited to grades K thru 4). Classroom projects must be registered by the classroom teacher.
Q: When does registration open? Online registration opens November 9, 2020. The necessary Research Plan and Safety Form are available on our website.
Q: When is the registration deadline? The registration deadline is Wednesday, January 20, 2021. All participants must submit a Research Plan and Safety Form to STEAMFestForms@kirkwoodschools.org for approval BEFORE starting their project. This submission must be made from a student email address.
Q: Can team projects be registered? Well, no team projects are allowed this year BUT a classroom teacher can be responsible for and register a classroom project.
Q: When and where should student projects be dropped off? No need to drop anything off this year. All projects are to be virtual. After receiving approval of their Research Plan, students will start working on electronic versions. Completed projects and logbooks are then submitted to STEAMFestForms@kirkwoodschools.org.
Q: What happens during judging? Kirkwood judges will use the Academy of Science St. Louis Science Fair grading rubrics. Occasionally judges will share comments or observations that are meant to be helpful to the students.
Q: Who can register the students? Only a student can submit the Research Plan and Safety Form for an individual project. These must be sent from a student’s email address. Classroom projects (only grades K thru 4) must be submitted by the classroom teacher.
Q: If I qualify for Queeny, can I re-do my project, or even do a different project to submit for 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 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 this year. Project placements will be shared with the participating students by email and with schools over our web site and via social media.
Q: Can students from different schools partner on a project? No. This year only individual projects or classroom projects (limited to grades K thru 4) are allowed.