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Middle School STEAM Fair Schedule March 6th & 7th

Middle School STEAM Fair Schedule March 6th & 7th

Hello all, here is the schedule for STEAM fair 2019 beginning on Wednesday afternoon and continuing on into Thursday.

Parents are invited to come and visit on Wednesday if they like, while the official judging happens Thursday morning. See below for times and more details.

Wednesday March 6

2:25 – 3:05 Set up for grade 6, 7, and 8 students (gym)

3:15 – 4:00 Open to parents to visit grades 6, 7, and 8 projects (gym)


Thursday March 7

9:00 – 10:50 Judging of Grade 6, 7 and 8 STEAM fair Projects (by external judges)

10:50 – 11:10 Tefillah for grade 6 to 8 students

11:10 – 11:25 Snack break in regularly scheduled class with teacher for grade 6 to 8 classes

11:05 – 1:05 Grade 6 to 8 projects left up in the gym for K – 5 classes to visit with their teacher. 6 to 8 class as usual

1:45 – 2:25 Clean-up of grades 6 to 8 STEAM Fair Projects in gym

3:15 Whole School assembly to announce the grade 7 and 8 bronze, silver, and gold medalists that will represent OJCS at the Regional Science Fair.


All things S.T.E.A.M. Fair

All things S.T.E.A.M. Fair

This year’s STEAM fair will take place on Thursday March 7  in the morning. Set up of all project in the gymnasium for grades 6 – 8 will happen in the afternoon of Wednesday March 6. Below are some helpful resources to creating a successful STEAM fair project.


What is STEAM education?

What is STEAM?

The Scientific Method Videos

E-copy of tracking sheet


PDF copies of in-class presentation resources

Choosing a Topic

The Scientific Method

Writing a Bibliography

Hot Air Balloon – Jordan, Ally, Talia, Sasha, Brandon

Hot Air Balloon – Jordan, Ally, Talia, Sasha, Brandon

First Design


In science class Mr. Ray wanted us to make a hot-air balloon so that is what we did.

The first thing we did was to cut the string into four equal pieces.

After that we poked four holes and we tied the four strings in them.

We made the strings into double knots to ensure that they did not come undone.

Once we were finished with the design of the first hot-air balloon we headed to the gym.

We put hot air from the blow drier into the bag and we all let it go at the same time and it was up for two seconds.


Second Design


For the second design we decided to make a smaller hole. We also undid the knots on the first design to save the string and used the bigger garbage bag instead of the small one.

We poked holes into the bag and we put the string through and made four double knots then we headed up to the gym to test it.

It lasted between four and five seconds so we would say the bigger bag and the smaller hole works better, but it doesn’t work completely like a hot air balloon.


Hot Air Balloons – Jacob, Noam, Ava, Jordana

Hot Air Balloons – Jacob, Noam, Ava, Jordana

How Hot Air Works


Hot air expands the molecules when it is blown making them move faster and it makes the balloon fly. Also it makes the molecules go farther apart so it gets lighter and it goes higher.


Our Steps


First we cut some strings and tied them to a giant garbage bag with four holes, one on each corner. We then took it to the gym and got hot air blown into it when each of us were holding on to the strings. After a few seconds we let go of the strings to see if the bag would fly. It didn’t, It just fell down. A few days later we tried it again. We did the same procedure, but with a bigger bag. This time, when we let go it flew really high before falling down. We think it was because we had a bigger bag and it could hold more air which makes more air to lose, so it takes longer to lose air and fly down, which is good.

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