A Grown-Up Science Fair

The Chicago Grown Up Science Fair is a chance for adults to use scientific methods, data and research to explore questions and solve problems as part of a supportive, fun community. The fair is a low-pressure entry point back to scientific practice for adults whose education or work hasn’t necessarily allowed them to use science as a tool to address their curiosity.

We’re all adults here

Most science fairs for elementary and high school students have a mountain of rules. This one doesn’t.

You have to:

  • Be an adult.
  • Register your interest using this form.
  • Document your experiment or design project in a report, article, comic, zine, website, song, performance …
  • Make an awesome trifold.
  • Bring it to the science fair. Date and location will be announced soon.
  • No volcanos (ok, you can make a volcano, but it better be a really great example of an “explainer”, see below).

Your project can be:

  • An experiment - this is the traditional science fair project you might remember from childhood. Hypothesis, scientific method, etc.
  • Invention - create a prototype of an object, algorithm or process using scientific research or knowledge
  • Explainer - break down a complex scientific concept in a way that’s clear, concise and easier to understand

When should I start my project?


When and where is the 2017 fair?

The 2017 fair will be on Friday, April 14 at 7 p.m. at the Northerly Island Field House at 1400 S. Linn White Dr. It’s right by the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum and Soldier Field.

There is a Facebook event for the fair that you can share if that’s your thing. There’s also a WOW List event.

I’ve got more questions

You can e-mail us at info@grownupsciencefair.org.