Seeking mentors for the 2014 Imagination Fair

We are aware that mentor is not the right word for this, but we couldn’t come up with a better one — suggestions are welcome.

The Imagination Fair does not rank projects. Instead we invite community members from all walks of life to sign up to talk to the children about their projects.

Qualifications: The only requirement to volunteer as a mentor is that you be comfortable with talking to children about their big ideas.

Details:

  1. Mentors are asked to plan to arrive at 9:45am in order for the Imagination Fair to start at 10am and to be prepared to stay as late as 12:30pm.
    • New this year! We will have a designated volunteer (or two) whose sole job it to greet mentors and ensure that they find their name badges and button stickers and have all their questions answered before the Imagination Fair begins.
  2. Mentors are asked to visit as many exhibits as time allows. We estimate that most mentors will visit about 20 exhibits during the 2-hour Imagination Fair, spending about 5 minutes with each exhibitor.
  3. Mentors are asked to be aware of which exhibitors are in need of more visits so that no exhibitor feels ignored.

Button Stickers

Children receive a “button sticker” on their participation certificate from every mentor who talks to them.

The Imagination Fair sheet will provide each mentor with a sheet of 24 button stickers, but mentors are encouraged to submit their own designs. Designs must fits on an Avery 5293 1⅔-inch round label and must be received by Friday, May 1, 2015. The Imagination Fair will accept (just about) any file format that works for you (bpg, gif, jpg, png, psd, pxm, tif, etc.).

Mentors for the 2014 Imagination Fair
Mentors for the 2014 Imagination Fair
Example of a 2014 certificate of participation
Example of a 2014 certificate of participation

Exhibit Catalog

Mentors are given a quarter-page listing in the Exhibit Catalog for a photo and brief bio about themselves and/or their organizations.

A quarter page is 5-inches wide by 1¾-inches high.

Mentors are asked to submit the following information (as applicable):

  1. Your name
  2. Your organization’s name*
  3. Your title*
  4. Your organization’s contact information (website, email, phone, address)
  5. A brief bio about you and/or a brief description of your organizationNo longer than 300 characters (about 60 words or 3 sentences)
  6. A print-quality digital photo and/or logoThe Imagination Fair will accept (just about) any file format that works for you (bpg, gif, jpg, png, psd, pxm, tif, etc.). Standard image dimensions are 1¼-inches wide by 1¾-inch high, but you may submit a wider or narrower image — changing the width will just change the amount of space available for the text.

“As applicable” means that if something above doesn’t apply to you, just skip it. The only thing that is “required” for the Exhibit Catalog is your name and brief bio. Everything else is optional — although a picture is greatly appreciated!

* A note about title and organization: This can be anything that is important to you. Maybe that’s your job — you’re the artistic director of a local theater or an instructor at a martial arts studio or a tutor for a reading program. Maybe that’s your hobby — you’re a rocketeer or a photographer or a seamstress. Maybe it’s your passion — you’re a philosopher or a homeschool parent or an field trip organizer. It doesn’t matter what you list, as long as it matters to you!

The intent behind listing this information is to both make the button stickers a bit more interesting to read and see and to give the kids a sense of who the mentors are, both now and years later. The hope is that when they look look at their Participation Certificates and Exhibit Catalogs, they don’t wonder, “Who on earth is Nic Rosenau?” Instead, they say, “Oh, I remember Nic Rosenau, she was that mom who organized all those field trips.”

2014 Mentors
Sample Exhibit Catalog pages featuring 2014 Mentors
2014 Mentors
Sample Exhibit Catalog pages featuring 2014 Mentors

Advertisements

Mentors have the option of purchasing a quarter-page advertisement in the Exhibit Catalog for the reduced price of $15, less than the cost of an eighth-page ad.

Mentor prices for Exhibit Catalog Advertisements:

  • quarter-page – $15

    5-inches wide by 1¾-inches high

  • half-page – $30

    5-inches wide by 3½-inches high

  • three-quarter-page – $45

    5-inches wide by 5½-inches high

  • full-page – $60

    5-inches wide by 7½-inches high

    mentor discount price does not include the sponsor web footer ad

Click for more information on advertising in the Exhibit Catalog.


How do I sign up to be a mentor!

To volunteer to participate as a mentor, please send an email to imagine(at)hsadventures.org with the following information, as applicable (please see above for details on the below list):

  1. Your name
  2. Your organization’s name*
  3. Your title*
  4. Your organization’s contact information:
  5. A brief bio about you and/or a brief description of your organization —
    no longer than 300 characters
  6. A print-quality photo and/or logo for the Exhibit Catalog
  7. A print-quality “button sticker” design if you are designing your own
  8. Your phone number — unlikely we’ll use it, but just in case we need to get ahold of you and email isn’t working as expected.
  9. Your mailing address — so we can send you a thank you card!
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Imagination Fair 2015

Imagination Fair

Imagination Fair 2015

Saturday, May 9, 2015 — 10am-12pm

Cross of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church & School

9931 Foley Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433-5204


What is an Imagination Fair?

Imagination Fair

The Imagination Fair was created to accommodate those creations that fall outside conventional categories of the traditional science fairs and art shows: engineering contraptions, board games and video games, music, animations and performances, novels, short stories and comic books, LEGO® masterpieces and MINDSTORMS® marvels, robots, models, architecture, dioramas, and other products of the imagination that either don’t fit into the traditional art show categories or must be distorted to qualify as a traditional science fair project.

The Imagination Fair is more than an art show! More than a science fair! It’s a space for homeschooled children of all ages to display, demonstrate and discuss the products of their creativity.

While the Imagination Fair welcomes traditional artistic endeavors and scientific explorations, it’s also the perfect place to showcase your child’s “outside the box” creativity!

Certificates of Participation

The Imagination Fair does not rank projects, but invites mentors from all walks of life to sign up to talk to the children about their projects.

Children receive a “button sticker” on their participation certificate from every mentor who talks to them.

We are aware that “mentor” is not the right word for this, but we couldn’t come up with a better one — suggestions are welcome.

Example of a 2014 certificate
Example of a 2014 certificate

Who may attend?

Registration is open to homeschooled students of all ages.

The Imagination Fair is an all-volunteer zero-profit secular, inclusive homeschool event. We do not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, familial status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability or handicap, veteran status, economic status, religion, or homeschooling philosophy or style.

The Imagination Fair is serious about inclusivity. All homeschooled children are welcome to participate.


How can I help?

download a flyer
download a flyer

The Imagination Fair Make-It-Happen group is coordinated by Nic Rosenau. She is seeking other homeschool parents (and community members) to help organize the 2015 and 2016 Imagination Fairs. You can volunteer to help organize the Imagination Fair by joining the Yahoo Group at groups.yahoo.com/group/ImaginationFair

Other ways to help:

  1. Volunteer to participate as a mentor!
  2. Spread the word! Start talking to your friends, family, students, and teachers about participating in the event.
  3. Donate small prizes for the Exhibit Bingo game.
  4. Make a cash donation. The Imagination Fair is an all-volunteer zero-profit endeavor, but it is not recognized by the IRS as an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. If you’d like contribute to help cover costs, please contact us at imagine(at)hsadventures.org — just understand that any contributions made this year will not be tax deductible..
  5. Help find a no-cost or low-cost location for the 2016 Imagination Fair (please review the space requirements first)

2014 Game Card with Stampers
2014 Game Card with Stampers

Guests:

The community is invited to come and see all the amazing products of the imagination, and participants are encouraged to invite their friends and family to attend the Imagination Fair as guests. All prospective guests are encouraged to consider volunteering as a mentor.

Exhibit Bingo

Guests can pick up an Exhibit Bingo card and earn one stamp for each exhibit visited! Show your completed bingo card to a game moderator to receive a small prize.

The Imagination Fair will supply stampers, but exhibitors may bring their own provided its impression fits within a 1-inch square.

If you have any small prizes to donate for Exhibit Bingo use, please let us know via an email to imagine(at)hsadventures.org

How does my child sign up?

Register at homeschoolrecess.com/imagine/2015.

HomeschoolRecess


How much does it cost?

The 2014 Imagination Fest cost $10/exhibitor. We hope to once again defray the cost through donations and exhibit catalog advertising sales.

At this time, the organizers are requesting an initial payment of $5 per half-table to help cover costs, but exhibitors may be asked to contribute up to an additional $5 per half-table to ensure that the organizers do not incur a substantial personal financial loss.

After your initial payment is received, you’ll receive another email with a more detailed questionnaire for information to be included in the Exhibit Catalog and on the participation certificate.

Advertising space in the program catalog will be offered to help offset the cost of the fair.

Homeschool Adventures The Imagination Fair is brought to you by Homeschool Adventures volunteer organizers.

Contact Information: imagine(at)hsadventures.org