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Stay Home Science Fair



Stay Home Science Fair

We challenge students in grades K-8 to take their social distancing to the next level...with SCIENCE! We want to see what kind of science experiment you can come up with using the items you have at home. Grab your video camera, a sponge, vacuum, baking supplies or any other household items and get creative!

Students must submit a 1-5 minute  video following specific guidelines listed below.

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The Challenge

Using materials from around their house, students should submit a video of them doing a science project, experiment, or engineering something awesome...all while staying safe at home. Each grade category (K-2, 3-5, 6-8) will be judged separately.

Age Categories

  • Class 1: Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
  • Class 2: 3rd - 5th Grade
  • Class 3: 6th - 8th Grade

K - 5th projects may be demonstrations

6th - 8th must involve problem solving using the scientific method

Judging Criteria

All entry videos will be scored using the following judging criterias:
  • Creativity (ingenuity and innovative thinking) (30%);
  • Scientific knowledge (30%);
  • Persuasiveness and effective communication (20%); and
  • Overall presentation (20%)

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The Requirements

  • Entry video must be longer than 1 minute but not longer than 5 minutes
  • The Entry Video must be the original work of the student.
  • If the language spoken in the Entry video is not English, the video must have English subtitles.
  • All videos must be uploaded to one of the following social channels: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube. The account must be set to PUBLIC in order for the judges to view the entry.
    • If uploading a student’s video to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter:
      • Make sure to tag @movaglobes
      • Use #StayHomeScienceFair in the caption
    • If uploading a student’s video to YouTube
      • Title the video "MOVA Globes Stay Home Science Fair Video Submission – [Your title]"
      • Set the video’s privacy settings to "Public", and note the unique URL that YouTube has given the video
    • All entries must be completed, submitted and received no later than 5:00 PM PDT on June 3, 2020. If the Registration Form described above and the Entry Video described below are not all submitted by the applicable deadlines, the student will not be permitted to enter the Contest.
    • See full terms and conditions here
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The Prizes

Three Grand Prize Winners

  • A grand total of $500 awarded to the winner
  • A MOVA Globe trophy
  • Autographed Ada Lace Adventure Book signed by author Emily Calandrelli
  • Large Solar System Poster by BOS Designs
  • The title of "Stay Home Science Fair Champion 2020"

Three Runner Up Prize Winners

  • A MOVA Globe trophy
  • Autographed Ada Lace Adventure Book signed by author Emily Calandrelli

One Fan Favorite Prize Winner

  • 1-on-1 live video lesson on how to set up your own YouTube channel with Dr. Joe Hanson of It’s Okay To Be Smart
  • A telescope from The League of Extraordinary Scientists
  • A 30-min live video science chat with cosmologist Dr. Nick Galitzki to learn about your telescope
  • A MOVA Globe trophy
  • Autogprahed Ada Lace Adventure Book signed by author Emily Calandrelli

 One Random Prize Winner

  • LCD Microscope from the J. Craig Venter Institute
  • A 30-min live video science chat with a microbial scientist Dr. Karen E. Nelson
  • A MOVA Globe trophy
  • Autographed Ada Lace Adventure Book signed by author Emily Calandrelli

Winners will be announced in June 2020. Have fun and good luck!


The Chance to Meet One-on-One

We assembled a rockstar team of scientists to take select winners (virtually) behind-the-scenes of their profession so they can get a glimpse of what it’s REALLY like to work in the science field. Science educator and YouTuber Dr. Joe Hanson is the mastermind behind PBS's “It’s Okay To Be Smart,” which reaches 3.2 million people. He will teach our Fan Favorite prize winner how to set up their very own science YouTube channel, while astronomer Dr. Nick Galitzki will help them explore their new telescope. And, our Random prize winner will learn how to use their new LCD microscope from microbiologist Dr. Karen E. Nelson.

AboutDr. Joe Hanson

Dr. Joe Hanson @DrJoeHanson

Science Writer + Host + YouTube Educator

AboutDr. Nicholas Galitzki

Dr. Nicholas Galitzki @AstroDrNick


AboutDr. Karen E. Nelson PhD

Dr. Karen E. Nelson PhD @KarenKenelson


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Meet The Judges

We've assembled science experts from around the web to judge the contest. Once the judges have reviewed and ranked each video, we will open up the judging to YOU! During the public voting period we are inviting everyone (the public) to the MOVA Globes Youtube Channel to vote on the finalists' videos. The finalist who receives the highest number of votes will be declared the "Fan Favorite Winner"!

AboutSpace Gal

Emily Calandrelli @TheSpaceGal

TV Host + Speaker + Author

AboutKevin J. Debruin

Kevin J. Debruin @KevinJDebruin

Former NASA Rocket Scientist + Science Educator

AboutAstro Athens

Athena Brensberger @AstroAthens

Science Communicator + Model


Sophia Nasr @AstroPartiGirl

Cosmologist + Science Advisor

AboutJeane Wong

Jeane Wong

Education Manager & CEO of

AboutLeah Lowder

Leah Lowder @LeahTheChemist

Chemistry PhD Candidate + Science Communicator

If you have any questions regarding the Stay Home Science Fair, please email us at [email protected]

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