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Academic Policy


3rd & 4th Grade Science Fair Participants and Guardians,

The Science Fair is approaching fast and we can't wait to see all of the discoveries made by PS11 scientists!

Please keep the following deliverables and due dates in mind:

  • Written reports (one per team) are due on Monday, March 5.  Please have one student from each group drop off the report in Mr. Roylance's classroom.  Teams who do not deliver their reports on this date WILL NOT be able to participate in the fair.  There will be no exceptions.  Plan ahead.
  •  Poster boards will be ready for pick up the week of February 26 in Room 210.
  • Completed poster boards (one per team/no materials) are due the week of March 19.  Please have one student from each team drop off their board in Mr. Roylance's classroom.  Teams who don't deliver their poster boards during this weekWILL NOT be able to participate in the fair. There will be no exceptions.  Plan ahead.
 3rd Grade Science Fair March 27, 2018 at 9:15AM – 10:00AM (science fair participants and their adult family members only)
4th Grade Science Fair March 28, 2018 at 9:15AM – 10:00AM (science fair participants and their adult family members only)
Refer to the 3rd & 4th Grade Science Fair Packet for important details on the science fair website.

Thank you for supporting our awesome young scientists!

Welcome to 2017-2018 Science Fair!

Please look at grade specific resources below for details....

5th Grade Science Fair Materials 

3rd and 4th Grade Science Fair Materials 


To contact us, please email

With her video explaining “relativity and the equivalence of reference frames” 17-year-old high school student Hillary Diane Andales from the Philippines won the grand prize of $250,000 for this year’s Breakthrough Junior Challenge.

Consider some of the science and technology stories that made 2017 a great year! See what Popular Science noted!

Space observations and probes will be launched.  Gene editing is expected to move further into medicine.  And immunotherapies for treating cancer need to be evaluated.  Read about seven stories to watch in 2018!

A must see ....Brian Green, professor of Astrophysics at Columbia University explains and demonstrates gravitational waves!

was awarded to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution.

   2017 Nobel Prize in Physics

was divided, one half awarded to Rainer Weiss, the other half jointly to Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves.

   2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

was awarded to Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm.

   Another Chance to Put your Name on Mars!

When it lands on Mars in November of 2018, NASA's InSight lander will be carrying several science instruments -- along with hundreds of thousands of names from members of the public.  Here's a chance to add your name!

   Science Podcasts to Listen to with Kids

Podcasts are an incredible medium for kids. Audio is imaginative, easy to consume, and you don’t need to “make time” to listen to a podcast — prime listening time is when you’re in a car. Enjoy listening, learning, exploring!

A “teachable moment” turned into a science fair win for an eighth-grader in Ontario, Canada, who based his project on a classroom activity from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

100 tales of invention and scientific discovery to astonish, bewilder, and stupefy.

Watch this fascinating tour of the Space Station!   Hope it will inspire you too.... 

   Saturn:  Cassini's Final Chapter

After years, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will soon begin its plunge into Saturn.  NPR conducted an interview with Dr. Carolyn Parco, head of the imaging team, about the mission's legacy.  (Background information on Cassini Solstice Mission: NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory provides a great summary of Cassini's mission.  Read all about it!)

Inspiring story of a girl in Ohio who is putting her scientific skills to practice.

A true story of four African-American women who confidently and courageously stepped into the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NASA) to provide mathematical calculations that would help increase airplane production and eventually send the United States into space!

   Study: New York City Dirt Rich in Bacteria Related to Medical Treatments

Researchers discover genetic evidence of bacteria that could prove a new source of new antibiotics, anticancer treatments, and other natural therapeutics.

   Teen Wins Big for a Homemade Polymer

Orange-avocado material that could keep crops hydrated during droughts, places 1st at the Google Science Fair.

Ways to advocate for better and continuous funding and support to train and retain young scientists.  

   Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

This book highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics from the ancient to the modern world.


It takes all of you to make the PS11 Science Fair a success!!  March 2017, all 5th grade students participated and there were more than 60 3rd and 4th grade science fair teams.  
Big thank you to:
  • All of the participating STUDENTS for their hard work and their FAMILIES for supporting them. 
  • Our wonderful school:  Mr.. Bender, Ms. Mueller, Mr. Roylance, and Ms. Griffiths for inspiring, questioning, and organizing us. 
  • The Science Fair Committee, parent volunteers, Yasmine Mahdavi and Ann Yonetani for all their determination in making this all happen.
  • Our dedicated judges, including three Stuyvesant High School students, who volunteered their time to read (so many!) reports and interview the scientists.
Have a productive rest of the year.  We look forward to seeing you next year!

Congratulations to all the 5th Grade Science Fair Participants!

Last night PS11 held the 5th Grade Science Fair and it was incredible.  Over 50 groups presented their projects - sharing their findings with peers, family members, high school students, and judges. It was a great night had by all and we are so proud all the students that participated! For more photos, visit our Science Fair page. More to come of the 3rd and 4th Grade Science Fairs...stay tuned!




Way To Go, 4th Grade Science Fair Participants!

What a spectacular morning at PS11!  So much thought went into these projects.





Way To Go, 3rd Grade Science Fair Participants!

What a spectacular morning at PS11!  So much thought went into these projects.