Arkansas STEM Festival
STEM Project Submission Guideline
Eligibility / Limitations
Arkansas STEM Festival
Open to public after judging.
Open to public at all times
Teaches the scientific method and targets skilled students.
Arkansas STEM Festival ensures that there are adequate number of engaging hands-on projects.
Looks for solution to a problem
Looks for the student and community engagement.
Geared toward advanced students
It's for all students.
Presentation board & pictures
Interactive demonstrations that engages learners
Projects are judged three times.
Projects get "Liked" from visitors.
Process is written on project board
Process is repeated live for each individual visiting the project
Formal judging process
Interactive visitor engagement
Presentation of facts to each judge. Science Fair justifies scientific principles to a professional audience.
The presenter presents to a broad audience, which allows for a deeper understating of scientific principles. The presenter explains the process to a variety of ages & knowledge. (ex. Young child vs a senior) STEM illustrates scientific understanding to a broader audience.
Best projects are awarded.
The most "Liked" projects are awarded.
No Field trip opportunity
Various field trip opportunities are available.
Students are asked to come in business attire.
Students are asked to come in casual attire.
People already interested in the sciences attend Science Fair.
Sparks interest to many people about STEM and shows that anyone can achieve it.
Science Fair presents a solution to a problem and communicates this to the Scientific community.
STEM addresses misconceptions that engage the general community.
Items Not Allowed in the Exhibit Area
The exhibits must not include any of the following:
Other Exhibit Area Information
Event Schedule (Tentative)
08:30 - 10:00 Project Setup
10:00 - 12:20 Project Display & Students Demos 12:30 - 01:30 Award Ceremony
Programming / Engineering
Students are expected to dress in an appropriate manner for the festival. Anyone deemed to be in inappropriate attire will be asked to leave the festival immediately.
Before the Festival: Presenters must submit their information through the form located at arstem.org and register their presentation there as well. Presenters should bring their presentation materials in labelled containers to the festival. Any items that could leak, break, etc. should be labelled appropriately. Prior to the public viewing and judging period, presenters should set up their presentations and ensure that they are working properly.
During the Festival: Presenters are expected to remain at their assigned presentation space for the entirety of the presentation period, as the public will continuously be viewing presentations and judges may evaluate presentations at any time.
After the Festival: At the conclusion of the festival, presenters are expected to disassemble their presentations, and ensure that the space allotted to them is clean and neat.
Presenters are the heart and soul of the Arkansas STEM Festival and in order for presenters to showcase their work in the best way possible, The Arkansas STEM Festival has some presentation suggestions. Presenters should:
Recognition and Assumption of Risk Agreement | Physician Release | Photo Release Form
I, ________________________ the undersigned parent/legal guardian of ________________________ , authorize said child's full participation in the Arkansas STEM Festival, including the opportunity to visit and perform experiments at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. It is my understanding that participation in the activities that make up the Arkansas STEM Festival is not without some inherent risk of injury. As such, in consideration of my child's participation in the Arkansas STEM FESTIVAL, I hereby release, waive, discharge, and covenant not to sue the program, Arkansas STEM Festival’s volunteers , its employees from any and all liability, claims, demands, action, and causes of action whatsoever arising out of or related to any loss, damage, or injury that may be sustained by my child, whether caused by the negligence of the releases, or otherwise while participating in such activity, or while in, or upon the premises where the activity is being conducted.
I also give my permission for any emergency medical care or treatment by a physician, surgeon, hospital, or medical care facility that may be required, including transportation, and accept responsibility for the cost. I also understand that I should make sure my child is covered with family insurance in the event of a serious accident.
Print Student's Name: ________________________
Emergency Contact Name: ________________________
I understand that my child’s full first name with last name initial, picture, and name of school may be published on the internet under the arstem.org website and/or in any Arkansas STEM Festival printed publications. No addresses will be associated with photos.
I agree to follow all instructions and procedures in order to maintain a maximum level of safety.