Science fairs play an integral role in building students’ confidence in finding answers to questions of their interest and developing proficiency in the scientific method. Preparing for the fairs also help students to learn how to communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing about their scientific process and findings. In. the lower school, first through fourth grade students conduct their science exhibitions every year.
In the middle school science, technology, and math departments collaborate during the spring to present the STEM Expo. Students are asked to explore problem solving in the AVS community, in which they consider what community means to them and how to use science, technology, engineering, and math to understand and design solutions for these needs. Students hone in on authentic inquiries and design their own experiments, investigations, and engineering solutions that address real-world problems.