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
- Choose a topic that’s of interest to you. Start by thinking about things that relate to your own experiences.
- Do your research before you decide
- Narrow it down to what you can realistically investigate. For example, focus on Mars instead of the entire Solar System.
- Don’t simply rely on trial and error — take a logical and methodical approach to solving the problem.
- 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
- The cardinal rule of science fair projects: Provide guidance, but never complete the project for your child.
- 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.
- 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.
- Take a family field trip: visit a place that will bring your child’s topic to life.