There are three words you can utter that will change the look on a teacher’s face, and on a parent’s face, and those words are — Science Fair Project. You can see the beads of sweat start to appear on the forehead. Teachers know they will be marking 23 projects and parents know they will be doing them.
Science Fair Projects have become a burden over the years. The problem is never about getting kids excited about the Science Fair. The problem is getting parents and teachers on board.
Invention Conventions seem to have taken over — where the latest and greatest creative ideas are showcased. As a science teacher you have to understand there is a difference. An Invention Convention is a display of your ability to be able to create, not necessarily to problem solve. From a truly technical standpoint, we want kids to do both.
Teachers need to model science fair projects — involve kids in pulling the topics out of the hat, show them how to research, learn, experiment and be able to perform on that topic. And how to be truthful when it comes to the discovery that not all science experiments come out right. Teacher modelling is proving very successful in districts throughout Florida, for example, because children understand what their expectations are.
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