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How do I help my kids with elementary school science fair projects?

I am a proud parent of twins that are now in elementary school. Yesterday, my kids came home with the news that they need to think of science project ideas and each to do a project for an upcoming science fair.
With no more details on how to handle this assignment as a parent, I don’t know how to go about it. What kind of projects does the science fair board require these children to make? How can I as a parent help with elementary school science fair projects?

James Washington

in Events and Holidays

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Derrick Little on October 25, 2018

An elementary school science fair project should be something simple, easy for kids to understand and come up with but at the same time be creative. What does this statement mean? The purpose of developing a science project is to help children put into practice the science they learn in class. It helps the child become a critical thinker and to question the world around them. As a parent, helping your child with their science project is essential. However, such help should be limited to a supportive and advisory role. Don’t come up with the project yourself.

However, most teachers do not give parents a guide as to how they should help their kids with this task. It is up to you to figure it out.

So what is the best way to support your kids with this assignment?

  • Familiarize the objective of the project: the project your child comes up with should demonstrate their skills at their grade level. What I mean is that the goal is not to make a project to earn recognition in the science community. It may be about something you already know. For your child to also understand it, they need to explore and test these simple science concepts.
  • Assist them to search for their projects ideas: the first place to search for ideas is at home. You also try to encourage them to look for topic centered on their interests. For example, if one of your kids likes gardening, their project could be something about plants. However, it is always best to inquire if they already have some ideas in mind and use them.
  • Emphasize on the need to have an open mind: the best projects come from the most unlikely things. Science is everywhere, and there is no right or wrong idea, just doable and un-practical ideas. The more potential ideas they come up with, the better.
  • Provide resources for the research: After you have come up with the idea, the next step is the research. You could help by suggesting online tools or resources that could be of assistance. Help them pick out materials they will need for their projects.
  • Ask them to present the final project to you: well, students must show and explain the workings of their projects to school science fair boards. Be the first person they present to so that you can add your input and recommendations where necessary.

Ronald Miller2 years ago

Getting involved in your children with elementary school science fair projects helps them learn and also boost their confidence to present in front of people. Well of course, in a supervisory and assistive capacity as has been mentioned; it easy to forget where to draw the line. The goal is for them to feel that they accomplished that feat from sheer hard work.

Here are a few tips to help them in selecting ideas and developing their projects:
It should be within the taught curriculum: a good project should be able to explain an existent science fact. Be creative but also let the curriculum guide you.

The projects shouldn’t need a lot of time to develop: the projects should be simple enough to prepare in a few days.

Materials for the project should be easy to find items: they could be everyday home items or cheap items readily available at the local store.

Lyra Lestrange on October 25, 2018

Look through their textbooks and pick a topic that excites them. And then, googling science fair projects is the easiest thing to do. Take them shopping for the materials you need and get started:)

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