Science Festivals

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Notes from the Backpack Podcast

What are STEM + Families Science Festivals?

Evening gatherings of students and families hosted by PTAs in schools across the country

  • Fun: Shared hands-on science experiences.
  • Easy: Facilitator guides and materials lists provided for all experiments. Family guides are also provided.  

  • Inspiring: Help all kids experience and explore activities and careers in STEM

2019 STEM + Families Science Festival Grant, Sponsored by Bayer

Congratulations to the 30 local PTAs who received a grant for $1,000 plus $250 for supplies to host a STEM + Families Science Festival, the 5 State/District/Council/Region PTAs who received $3,000 plus $500 for supplies to host two STEM + Families Science Festivals, and two Renewal PTAs who received $500 to host a STEM + Families Science Festival. Check out the 2019 STEM + Families Science Festival Grantees!


Science in Action

Check out these photos and testimonials from STEM Science Festivals.

STEM + Families Science Toolkit

Visit for tools, resources and templates to host a successful Science Festival. 


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!

NEW! Do you own an Amazon Echo Device (better known as Alexa)?
Check out the Alexa Science Studio by Bayer that provides step-by-step instructions for our MSMS experiments.

Making Science Make Sense

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


Founding &
Presenting Sponsor

Founding Sponsors

Huntington Ingalls Industries
Supporting Sponsors

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