Science Festivals

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What are STEM + Families Science Festivals?

  • Community Events: Evening gatherings of students and families hosted by PTAs in schools across the country
  • Fun: Involve families in enjoyable shared science experiences they can replicate at home
  • Accessible: National PTA has curated a shopping list and will provide most materials for 50 families to participate together in science experiments and activities
  • Easy: Facilitator guides for included experiments from Bayer’s Making Science Make Sense® Science Library are provided
  • Collaborative: Science Festivals encourage community connections and support National PTA's overall STEM + Families Initiative
  • Hands-On: Help kids experience and explore science at their own levels through experiments and activities, and with the engagement of their families
  • Empowering: Kids of all backgrounds can become active in STEM education and learn about careers in STEM

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Want to Host a Science Festival?

Use National PTA's STEM + Families Science Toolkit
Visit (Coming Soon!) for tools, resources and templates to host a successful Science Festival.

Apply to Win a National PTA STEM + Families Science Grant

Do you represent a State/Regional/District PTA?

Do you want to help build capacity in your local PTA’s? Then this grant is for you! The 2017 National PTA STEM + Families Science Grants sponsored by Bayer, will award $3,000 to five state or regional/district PTAs to host:

  • Two STEM + Families Science Festivals at the elementary or middle schools or your choice
  • One State PTA Convention presentation on STEM + Families

In addition to the $3,000 grant, National PTA and Bayer will provide awardees with a Science Festival starter pack of materials for 50 families to complete 10 experiments from Bayer’s Making Science Make Sense® Science Library at two different events—worth $1,000!

Are you a local PTA? 

The 2017 National PTA STEM + Families Science Grants will award $1,000 to 30 local PTAs to host a STEM + Families Science Festival. All elementary and middle school PTAs are eligible provided they can host their event during the winter/spring of the 2017-2018 school year.

National PTA and Bayer will also give awardees a Science Festival starter pack of materials for 50 families to complete 10 experiments from Bayer’s Making Science Make Sense® Science Library—worth $400!

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Learn More about Making Science Make Sense®

Making Science Make Sense® is Bayer’s STEM-education initiative focused on science literacy.

  • Bayer is dedicated to changing the way science is taught and learned both in and out of the classroom.
  • At Bayer, it's about making science more accessible and less intimidating—to kids and adults.
  • Through its Making Science Make Sense® initiative, Bayer has been working directly with schools, teachers and students to expand access to science education for over 20 years.
  • Bayer is a proud Founding Sponsor of National PTA’s STEM + Families

Explore the Making Science Make Sense® Website

Make sure to check out the experiment cards and videos in the Science Library!

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National PTA does not endorse any commercial entity, product, or service. No endorsement of Bayer is implied.


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