Science-Fair Fun

19
Jan
Posted by The Scholar's Choice Team in Grandparent, Parent, General

Is your child's science-fair on the horizon? While the thought of a science fair project might not sound like alot of fun to some, remember that science-fair projects are meant to engage kids in topics they care about, in new and fun ways! Here are 9 tips to help your children get the most out of their projects!

Advice for kids

  1. Choose a topic that’s of interest to you. Start by thinking about things that relate to your own experiences.
  2. Do your research before you decide
  3. Narrow it down to what you can realistically investigate. For example, focus on Mars instead of the entire Solar System.
  4. Don’t simply rely on trial and error — take a logical and methodical approach to solving the problem.
  5. Tell a story: In your presentation, share why you’re interested in the topic, the story of how you solved the problem, what you learned from the project, and the things that, as a result, you would like to investigate further.

Advice for parents

  1. The cardinal rule of science fair projects: Provide guidance, but never complete the project for your child.
  2. Don't take "I don't know" for an answer. If they are having a hard time finding a topic, start by talking about things they experience in their day-to-day life.
  3. Learn your role. There’s a great deal of information out there, and it’s possible for your child to assemble a bunch of stuff without actually learning anything. Be sure to ask them questions and make sure that your child really understands the fundamentals of their research.
  4. Take a family field trip: visit a place that will bring your child’s topic to life.

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