I can always tell when science fair projects are due by looking at my Facebook news feed. There are two types of posts I see. The “proud post,” where parents are so proud of their child’s work and excited to share with family and friends. And the “frustrated post,” where parents are scrambling with their child to think of, complete, and finish a reasonably acceptable science fair project. The goal of this post is to put you in the “proud post” category.
First, I’ll start by sharing an excellent resource from the teachers at Evan-Moor, How to Do Science Fair Projects. This free e-book includes step-by-step instructions to get you to the “proud” picture of your child with the project.
Here are three suggestions to get you started:
- Let your child decide what he or she wants to do. (This is not your chance to redeem yourself from 5th grade!)
- Start early. Repeat: start early. Like now.
- Have fun!
The free e-book guides you and your child through the following steps (thank goodness!):
- Selecting a Topic
- Designing the Purpose of the Project
- Researching the Project
- Developing a Hypothesis
- Creating a Procedure
- Gathering Materials
- Creating a Log Sheet
- Doing the Experiment
- Organizing the Results of the Experiment
- Writing the Conclusion
- Presenting the Project
In addition to the e-book, check out these valuable resources:
- Science Buddies: Science Fair Project Ideas
- Science Buddies: Presentation Tips
- Discovery Education’s Science Fair Central
- And for the procrastinators (you know who you are): science fair projects you can do in one night
We’re anxiously awaiting your results. Share your science fair project woes, success stories, and results!