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Kids Science Fair Projects

Tips for kids science fair projects for the concerned parent

Many kids science fair projects organizers encourage the participation of parents in the entire process. Other than the fact that in many cases, young children will need help with the handling of materials for their kids science fair projects such as glass and chemicals, or if they need to use flames or other tools for their project, it can actually be lots of fun for dad or mom (or maybe both!) to work with their children!

It's very important for parents to be enthusiastic as that will rub off on the child. At the same time, remember all you eager dads and moms - this is your child's experiment - not yours! You had your chance decades ago! Let your kid do the thinking and experimenting! You're there to facilitate and guide your child - to make sure that he or she goes through the right steps. But at the end of the day, its going to be your child's experiment..

Choosing your kids science fair project category - it doesn't always have to be an experiment

You've probably heard that kids science fair projects are all about the scientific method. I'll tell you all about the scientific method very soon. But before that, you need to know that by actually doing an experiment, you will get to practice the scientific method. This means that you will practice collecting and analyzing data in a manner that is well accepted by real scientists around the world. Also, it's a well known fact that hands-on experiences tremendously increase a person's speed of learning!

Science Fairs range in scale from a single class of students sharing their projects to an international fair offering scholarship money as prizes. They generally share a common philosophy, and require that participants use and demonstrate the sientific method. Although many of them require you to conduct investigation by experimentation (ie: inquiry-based learning) and encourage the development of critical thinking skills, the experiment is not the only one of the types to choose from.

There are broadly speaking, 3 types of activities to choose from:

1. The investigation

He're you're expected to ask a question, constructs a theory or hypothesis, draws a conclusion and then tests that hypothesis by constructing an experment.

2. The laboratory experiment

This requires you to repeat an "experiment" found in textbooks, workbooks and other references. Itt does not seek to investigate new theories.

3. The report or poster

This is an activity that is based on extensive research done in books and other materials in order to write a paper on the chosen topic. Backboards (posters) are then used to illustrate key concepts from the research paper.

Remember - whatever model that you choose, eventually, it will help bring out the "detective" in you! - and it will let you (or rather, your child) show off your detective skills. In particular the first type will let you actually choose which mystery to solve. Then you get to show just how creative you are in spotting clues that will help you to solve the puzzle.

Interesting Definitions:

Physics

The study of matter and energy and of interactions between the two, grouped in traditional fields such as acoustics, optics, mechanics, thermodynamics, and electromagnetism, as well as in modern extensions including atomic and nuclear physics, cryogenics, solid-state, particle, and plasma physics.

Chemistry

The study of the composition, structure, properties, and reactions of matter, especially of atomic and molecular systems.

Chapters of our Handbook

1: Choosing Your Experiment

2: Displaying Your Experiment

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