We’re bringing back the popular fall contest Scarecrows for STEAM for its second year! This is a great opportunity to go through your home to turn your discarded items and old clothes (that you were going to toss or donate anyway), into a family fun activity building a Scarecrow for STEAM.
Really let your kiddos minds think outside the box to build any kind of scarecrow they want. They can go the traditional porch or lawn scarecrow route, where it’s built with stick frames and stuffed with newspaper. Perhaps drawing is their passion and they want to dabble with paint, crayons, chalk or mixed collage. Some kids will want to build a scarecrow with toilet paper rolls or make paper bag puppets. While others will find a clever way to make a scarecrow basket or centerpiece. The possibilities are endless and we can’t wait to see what they decide to enter into the contest
There are four categories up for grabs.
- Kindergarten and 1st Grade
- 2nd and 3rd Grades
- 4th, 5th and 6th Grades
Students can enter anything they wish, as long as it looks like a scarecrow. Drawing, toilet paper statue, centerpiece, paper mache, etc. Students must work independently. (Projects done in a class or group are great, as long as the student did the artwork.)Three grade level winners will each receive a microscope kit.
4. Traditional Scarecrow
Here, we’re looking for the traditional scarecrow made from old clothes. Typically made by stuffing the clothes with crumpled newspaper, but can be made however you want. This category can be made with the help of friends and family. The winning group will win a coding robot.
Turning in your entry and voting:
All entries need to be turned into the school and they will be displayed on campus. The best part is that this year, the students are the judges! Each student will have the opportunity to take part in democracy and vote for their favorite scarecrows in each category. All entries must be turned in by the 26th. Student’s individual entries can be turned into their teachers. Full size scarecrows must be delivered in tact on October 25th or 26th in the MPR. We will be tying them to the trees near the lunch area for display and voting, so please make sure they’re delivered in a way that we can attach them to a tree and they’re ready for voting. If you would like to setup your own full size scarecrow, you must do it on October 27th, after school, and preregister that you’ll be on campus by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please remember these guidelines:
- Grade level projects should have the student’s name, grade and teacher written on the back of the project or on a plastic bag the entire project is inserted into. The PTA needs to know who the entrant is, but it should not be visible to voters. These can be dropped off in students’ classrooms with their teachers.
- Full size scarecrows should be attached to some sort of structure to create it’s shape. Scarecrows will be attached to trees by PTA volunteers. If you would like to attach your own scarecrow, you must contact email@example.com, and arrange to come at an approved time the day before the contest, while also abiding by COVID protocols while on campus. Please submit scarecrows with a removable tag with the student(s) name(s), grade(s) and teacher(s).
- Please note that we are doing our best to make a fun and exciting display for the students to vote on all of the projects. In order to secure all entries, we may have to add tape or tacks to smaller projects and ties to larger projects to make sure they stay in place for voting.
Students may work independently or with friends or family members to build their traditional scarecrow, but must work alone for grade level entries. (Individual projects made in a class or a group setting is ok, as long as the student does the artwork themselves). We are awarding the winners of each grade level category a microscope, and the winner of the traditional scarecrow will win a coding robot for the group. Everyone who participates will be given a Scarecrows for STEAM participation button.
Deadline to drop off traditional scarecrows in the MPR is Oct 25th or 26th, or the 27th with an appointment. Grade level entries are due in student’s classrooms by October 27th. Voting will take place on campus on Thursday, October 28th. Make sure to tell your students to tap into their ingenuity and creativity, and to have fun! We are excited to see what our students come up with this year!
To see last year’s winners, click here.