ABC/25 Foundation and ComEd’s Hourly Pricing program have partnered to host a Virtual STEM Fair for District 25 students. Two great partners coming together to promote STEM through a program that fosters innovation and creativity while giving kids an opportunity to have fun and use the technology they know and love.


Congratulations Winners of the Virtual STEM Fair!!!!

Grades K-2
1st place: Nolan G (Windsor) – How do parachutes work?
2nd place: Cindy X (Windsor) – Which one will dissolve faster in water: salt or sugar?
3rd place: Carter F (Patton) – Plasma, the Fourth State of Matter

Grades 3-5
1st place: Priya A(Ivy Hill) – Energy Transfer
2nd place: Geoffrey B (Windsor)  – Voice Recognition
3rd place (tie): Maeve M & Katie R (Dryden )  – Force and Sound Experiment

and Nate W, Owen S & Jameson K (Dryden ) – Run, Hop, Jog, Sprint

Grades 6-8
1st place: Samarth K(Thomas) – Super Cool Magnets
2nd place: Quinn R (South) – Hydrogen Powered Generator
3rd place: Amelie S (Thomas) – AM Radio


All student entries can be viewed on the ABC/25 Foundation Virtual STEM Fair YouTube channel

What is a Virtual STEM Fair?

Similar to traditional science fairs, the ABC/25 ComEd Virtual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Fair challenges students to explore, examine and analyze scientific questions that arise during various academic and life experiences… and have fun! The fair is virtual because students will submit videos on their projects online. A panel of judges will award prizes to the first, second and third place winners in each age category (K-2, 3-5, 6-8). After all videos are submitted, they will be available for viewing on the ABC/25 website via a YouTube link.
Click here to view video entries

General Information
Project Requirements
Video Guidelines
Judging Criteria
Participant Registration
Ideas on Project Types

How to Get Started?


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STEM Fair General Information

Students are invited to submit a 2 minute video showcasing a STEM project of their choice. Students can submit projects that have been used in prior school events or competitions. Projects will be selected by a panel of judges consisting of ComEd and other STEM industry professionals. Nine winners will be selected (3 from each age group)

  • Dates:
    4/22 – 5/20 (4 weeks) – Students submit projects 
    6/1 – Projects available for viewing on ABC/25 website
    6/7 – Winners announced** Date delayed on 5/27/16 
  • Eligibility:
    Students enrolled in District 25 schools, grades K-8
    Individually or teams with a maximum of 3 students
  • Age Groups:
    Grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8
  • Awards: Prizes awarded per age group
    First place = $50
    Second place = $25
    Third place = $25
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Project Requirements

In your 2 minute video, please state:

  1. Your project.
  2. The question or problem you’re trying to solve
  3. The answer at least ONE of the following:
    • How was the experiment conducted?
    • How did you do your research?
    • How does your model/kit or collection work?
    • How was the prototype made?
  4. The conclusions you drew

Above may be answered in the video visually or verbally

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Video Guidelines

  • Content Ideas: Depending on the type of project, you could show an experiment, or show how a model or technology works. You could also create a slide show explaining your research. There are many possibilities! Be Creative!
  • Required content: Answer the questions in the Project Requirements
  • Run time: No more than 2 minutes
  • Accepted formats: MOV, MPEG4, MP4, AVI, WMV, MPEGPS, FLV, 3GPP, WebM
  • Required filenaming structure:
    • Please name your file as follows — Grade Group (K-2, 3-5, or 6-8), First Name, Last Name initial only, and project title.
    • For Example: John Smith grade 3-5 project title “Bees and Honey” = 3-5JohnSBeesandHoney
  • Child Safety and Filming: Please focus filming on the project, avoid filming faces. Please use first names only. **Please make sure to sign Participant Registration and Parental Consent Form **
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Judging Criteria

The panel of Judges consists of a group of ComEd and STEM industry professionals. Projects will be selected using the following criteria:

  • Clarity – Was the presentation clear and easy to understand?
  • Understanding – Did the student show a solid understanding of the project and its development?
  • Design – Does the project methodology support the purpose of the project?
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Project Types

The first step is to decide what type of project you want to work on. A science project explores answers to a question using a hypotheses and test. Engineering projects use research to build something. For the purpose of this competition we welcome any of the project types defined below.

  • Science – Experimental Use the scientific method to prove a theory or principle. The student will make a claim about something of interest to the student, do an experiment following good science practice, (one testing independent variable at multiple levels, making observations, collecting data, and drawing a conclusion based on the information collected).
  • Science – Illustrative/Research Projects The student identifies a problem within a topic of interest, gathers information about the problem, and uses the gathered information to solve or improve the problem.
  • Engineering – Demonstrations The student uses existing research and knows what is going to happen before beginning their project. Student projects can utilize and explain models, kits, or technology, etc.
  • Engineering – Inventions (Engineering Design/Technology Build The student uses the Engineering Design Process to solve or improve a problem (Define the problem, specify requirements, develop and test prototypes, communicates results).
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Participant Registration

Students wishing to enter a project in the Virtual STEM Fair must:

  1. Complete and submit Participant Registration and Parental Consent Form.
  2. Submit your video here between April 22, 2016 and May 20, 2016 (by 11:59 pm). Make sure to follow project requirements and video guidelines above.


**Projects will NOT be considered unless both items are submitted**

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