Science Exploration Week - Feb. 25th - Mar. 1st, 2019

PCR Science Fair: Thursday, February 28, 2019

The annual Palm Crest Elementary School Science Fair will take place on Thursday, February 28th, 2019 this school year. The Science Fair takes place during Science Appreciation Week, which occurs annually and brings an entire week of science related presentations and events to PCR.


Monday, February 25th Kinder - AM, 1st & 2nd grade
Bubble Mania
Bubble Mania & Company has been in business going on 20 years. Owner and creator Beverly Speach started this business in San Diego in 1986. Bubble Mania & Company provides educational entertainment at the highest level of excellence. We combine incredible visual choreography with interactive script formats that involve the audience's minds and hearts.
We believe children are naturally interested in science and very curious about the world around them. Our goal is to keep them interested for the rest of their lives with a memorable experience of an interesting and unique nature. We strive to inform that learning is fun. Our presentations cross all ages and cultures. The visual presentation is filled with soap bubble creations that mesmerize the audience with seemingly impossible creations of shimmering, wiggling reflections of light, color and flowing liquid motion, of all shapes and sizes. The scripts are written to elicit dialogue and experiential learning and are appropriate for any age group.
Specifically, we promote independent and creative thinking with scientific method as an excellent model for exploring life in general and facilitate the learning of science concepts. We even replace some of the common myths and misconceptions about the universe around us with known laws or principles of physics, geometry and chemistry. The presentation also includes language skills, conservation and consideration toward the Earth and others.


Tuesday, February 26th 5th and 6th grade
Mad Science presents “Up, Up & Away” - This exciting show deals with the incredible pressure we all live under – Air Pressure! Selected students will try their best to pull apart a Magdeburg sphere, try to tame flying toilet paper and blow out a Birthday candle that has a surprise of its own. They’ll also see why you don’t play with a water container, even though it looks like there is water in it. Volunteers will launch indoor hot air balloons, and ride the “Mad Science Hovercraft”. The audience will then be amazed as a giant vortex generator blows puffs of fog rings over them, followed by an exciting “Dinosaur Sneeze” special effect that nobody will want to miss.


Wednesday, February 27th 3rd and 4th grade
The NASA JPL Planetarium and Outreach Rover return for an exciting day of space science. NASA JPL’s custom portable planetarium will give students a live, interactive, and immersive presentation about space science. They will explore the night sky with a NASA specialist, ask their questions, and discover new wonders being studied right now in their own backyard at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Then they will move on to meet ROVE: the battery-powered wireless 6 wheel rover modeled after the Curiosity Mars Rover. The students and their teachers will pretend to be rocks on mars while learning about mobility systems to drive on Mars.




What is the PCR Science Fair?



The PCR Science Fair is an annual event to stimulate and promote participation in science. The event is sponsored by the PCR PTA under the supervision of the PTA's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) enrichment program. Participation is voluntary and open to all PCR students. Most teachers do not require participation in the Science Fair, but highly encourage it. Check with your child's home room teacher about whether your child is required to participate. Students work either individually or in small groups and create a science project, formulate a question to answer using the Scientific Method, and design a project experiment to try and answer the question. Students then run the experiment(s), collect data, analyze it, and present their results in a poster and/or other self-standing exhibit on the night of the Science Fair. Download the Science Fair Packet in the next section for more details on what is required.



How Do I Enter the Science Fair?


Get started now and prepare your project! To enter the Science Fair you must do the following:



    1. Download and read the Science Fair Packet. The document contains all of the information you need to know what makes a good science project, what the Scientific Method is, how to pick an interesting topic and create a question to investigate, how to form a hypothesis, develop a plan to investigate the question, how to conduct the experiment and collect data, analyze the data, formulate a conclusion, and present your project in a poster or display.


    1. Register for the Science Fair online. If you plan to participate in the 2018 PCR Science Fair, you must fill out the online registration form. Click  here to download the registration form. The Science Fair Project Registration form will ask you for information about your proposed science project title, a brief description about what you hope to investigate, the type of project (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Physics) it is, your project display needs in the MPR, and whether your teacher has approved your project idea. Note that you must get your teacher's approval BEFORE you complete the online form. Click here to download a hardcopy version of the Science Fair Project Application so you have something to take to your teacher. The Science Fair Project Registration Form must be completed by Thursday, February 15, 2018.



Where do I get ideas for my Science Fair project?


The Science Fair Packet, which you download in step #1 above, contains lots of information about what makes an interesting and doable science experiment.

There are dozens of websites and resources on the Internet with ideas for Science Fair projects. That being said, some of the best Science Fair project ideas are ones you come up with yourself. Think about a topic that is interesting to you, pose a question that you don't know the answer to, and think of an interesting experiment you can come up with to answer that question.



What if I have questions?


Please contact Jennifer Maxwell at if you have any questions or aren't sure about something.