Show-What-You-Know Expo

Homeschool Family Science Night

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

4:00 pm* – 8:00 pm

The Show-What-You-Know Expo is being held in conjunction with the Homeschool Family Science Night. Homeschooled students in grades K-6 can show off a favorite  science topic, invention, or hobby in this fun, informal showcase of students’ STEM interests and hobbies.

Does your child love dinosaurs, sharks, Legos, or Minecraft? Does he collect shells, rocks, or insects? Does she like to build contraptions or tinker with robots? Interested in recycling, secret codes, or cooking? Any of these interests can be turned into a Show-What-You-Know exhibit!

A “Show-What-You-Know” exhibit is a fun, low-pressure project or exhibit on any STEM (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) topic that interests the student. It can be a great introduction to the idea of science fair projects. Show-What-You-Know should highlight and showcase something that the student is passionate about or will have fun with! How about a display on “My 10 Favorite Lego Vehicles”, “Cool Facts About Bats”, “Paper Airplanes”, or “How to Make Homemade Slime”? The options are unlimited, but the topic should be something your child will love telling others about.

‘Show What You Know Expo’ Schedule

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Exhibitor check-in, registration

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Exhibit set-up

5:00 pm- 7:00 pm: Exhibitors will be assigned times to stand with project for public Q & A

7:30 pm: Ribbons will be awarded


The Show-What-You-Know (SWYK) exhibits can include as much or as little of the scientific method or investigation as the student and parent want to include. Parents can opt to guide their child through the full scientific method and requirements of a science fair project if desired. SWYK exhibits can include drawings, models, pictures, and physical projects. SWYK projects can also take the style of science reports on topics such as What are galaxies? How are coral reefs endangered? How does a laser work? Discovery Education Science Fair Central defines this approach as,

These projects are interesting, but students do not experiment or investigate new information. Students learn what other scientists have done, but the student doesn’t actually conduct an investigation or create anything (other than a nice display). Students may make models and they may even repeat some data they have found, but it’s still [more like] a science report.

Show-What-You-Know exhibits must be on a 48″ X 36″ tri-fold display board and include a title. Each student will be asked to stand with his/her project for a half hour during Science Night and answer questions from friendly students, parents, and visitors. All SWYK exhibitors will receive a participation ribbon.

See the Science Fair Guidelines for additional information on the tri-fold display board and exhibit details.

There is an entry fee for a student to exhibit a project in the Show-What-You-Know Expo. That fee also covers his/her admission to the full Homeschool Family Science Night program. SWYK Entry Fee/Admission and general admission to Homeschool Family Science Night for parents, siblings, and friends can be purchased online through the Compass Store