Show What You Know

A Letter from Mr. West


Dear Sunrise Valley Parents,

It’s time to get ready for Sunrise Valley’s Show What You Know Expo 2017. This voluntary school event, open to all Sunrise Valley students, will allow children to showcase their learning and knowledge in a particular subject area with other students and their parents. [read more]

Project Selection Entry Form

Project Selection Entry Forms must be submitted to classroom teachers or school office by March 17, 2017. Students may submit an original idea or review the list of Project Ideas (below). Every participating child must submit an entry form with a parent’s signature, even if they have a partner. Children may work with a partner who is in the same grade. The name of the partner should be included on the entry form. 

The entry forms are used to determine the quantity of t-shirts we purchase, so please remember: no form = no t-shirt!

Rules and Guidelines

Let the kids shine!

Parents may serve as advisors to their children, but the students should complete the work independently. Remember, a second grader’s board should look like a second grader’s board.


All projects must be presented on a three-panel presentation board available at Michael’s or an office supply store. It is recommended that visuals be included on the presentation board.  Science projects must follow the Scientific Method (below). Projects involving models should also have a presentation board explaining the process and theory behind the work.

When & Where

All project boards are to be brought to the school lobby only between 8:45 – 9:30 AM on Thursday, April 6. Only boards will be collected in the morning; all other materials must be brought in by the student in the evening. SACC parents can bring them to the office on April 6 prior to 8:45 AM. Please do not have your child bring in the board/project prior to April 6 or have you child attempt to store the board in his/her classroom.

Show What You Know Expo will be held in the school cafeteria and gym on Thursday, April 6, 2017:

  • 6:00 – 6:30 PM: Student sign-in
  • 6:30  – 7:45 PM: Students will stand by their boards, informally presenting their topic and answering questions.
  • Participants will be given an “explore time” to check out everyone’s boards.

Last year, we had over 200 students participate and it takes a lot of hands to make this BIG event run smoothly. Please consider volunteering your time.

Project Ideas–Use Your Imagination!


  • Conduct an experiment where something changes (scientific method optional)
  • Weather, food science, ecology, etc.
  • Tell all about an important scientific discovery
  • Find out about space travel while you soar into the solar system
  • Pretend you are inside a ship traveling through the human body

Time Travel

  • Research an important person or event in history
  • Explain what your life would be like if you lived in the past
  • Imagine and describe what life might be like in the future


  • Make your own web page using a website builder
  • Design your own invention, toy, or game
  • Design a “Rube Goldberg” invention
  • Explain how something works
  • Create your own web page using HTML code (no use of website builders)
  • Research the development of technology
  • Design or build a robot

Literature, Art or Music

  • Write your own book, collection of stories, or collection of poetry
  • Make a themed mobile or collage
  • Write new words to a song or rap based on a theme
  • Investigate a period of art or a particular artist
  • Research the publishing process

Social Studies

  • Share discoveries about a certain culture or country
  • Pretend you are a famous explorer and write about your adventure
  • Investigate world cultures or religions
  • Find a way to solve a world problem
  • Compare different types of world governments

Architectural Design/City Planning

  • Design a school, amusement park, or city
  • Design a “green” town (ecology-friendly)

The Past

  • Compare past and present
  • Document “a day in the life of…”
  • Research an event or era

The Future

  • Create future means of transportation, communication, or housing
  • Design your own futuristic city

The Scientific Method

The Scientific Method is used by researchers to support or disprove a theory. It can be used to answer True/False questions only.

The Scientific Method involves the following steps:

  1. Observation – You observe something in the material world, using your senses or machines which are basically extensions of those senses.
  2. Question – You ask a question about what you observe.
  3. Hypothesis – You predict what you think the answer to your question might be.
  4. Method – You figure out a way to test whether your hypothesis is correct. The outcome must be measurable (quantifiable).
  5. Result – You do the experiment using the method you came up with and record the results. You repeat the experiment to confirm your results.
  6. Conclusion – You state whether your prediction was confirmed or not and try to explain your results.

A conclusion will often lead to another question, which can lead to another experiment, which can lead to another conclusion, and on and on. Science is like doing a giant puzzle, with the handicap that you are missing an unknown number of pieces. Each new scientific fact is a piece of the puzzle. Each new piece can change the appearance of entire sections of the picture or fit where one did not expect it to. When scientists have an answer to a question they have asked, they share their results with other scientists in papers, magazine articles, lectures, posters or displays at conventions. This way, new puzzle pieces can be checked out, and the fit tested. You will present your results at the science fair in the form of a display.

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Contact the Show What You Know Coordinator, Andy Gallagher, at

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