Forest Edge PTA

Show What You Know!

2nd annual

“Show What You Know” Expo

at Forest Edge Elementary on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

(Registration deadline Tuesday, March 8)


WHAT IS IT? A giant “show-and-tell” poster session, where students in all grade levels “show what they know” about whatever topics most fascinate them. Kid-driven, interactive, and way more than a science fair — the “Show What You Know” Expo is an everything fair! Each participant may choose any topic, so what’s on view may cover topics from eagles to Egyptology, from knights to knitting, from comics to chemistry, and beyond. Something for everyone!

WHEN & WHERE: 6:30-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in the cafeteria

WHO: All families are invited to attend the SWYK Expo, but students (all grades) wishing to present a display must register by Tuesday, March 8. Participation is free.  See attached registration form, guidelines, and flyer, which have been distributed via Friday folders and PTA Monday Mail; extra hard copies are also available in the front office.

ABOUT THE PROJECTS: Students will create their displays independently (without parents). Each display must include a trifold cardboard project board (these cost about $5 each and are available at craft and office supply stores; in case of financial need, please contact the front office). Additional items may be displayed in front of the board, such as dioramas, models, collections, artwork, constructions, machines, or other set-ups. For samples of the kinds of projects students have created for SWYK events, see the photos on our Project Inspiration page (additional photos coming soon!).

Need more help picturing this event? Check out the FCPS video showcasing a similar event at Lake Anne E.S. (

Please also read our Frequently Asked Questions page for in-depth coverage of “everything you ever wanted to know about SWYK,” including the logistics of what actually happens at the expo, how best to prepare, and how various sorts of projects can be accommodated, plus tips on getting started. FAQs will be updated as needed.

Seeking further inspiration? We’ve posted some brainstorming starters.

The FAQs and brainstorming starters are also available as a single PDF.  To view the PDF file, click here.

CONTACT: For event and registration questions, or to volunteer to help, please email “SWYK Coordinator” c/o Kristen Chaddock,

WATCH THIS SPACE for further updates, as additional materials may be added.

We thank you in advance for your support in making this an enlightening and memorable event for our students!

[This page last updated 02/15/2016]