Science Fair Secrets

Youll want to read to the end...

You'll want to read to the end...

Glue.  Paint.  Sticks.  Cardboard.  Tape.  Aluminum foil.  Wires.  Hot glue.  Batteries.  Lemons.  Paper.  Wood.  Wood glue.  Markers.  Tubing.  Water.  Syringes.  Crazy glue.  Or, by this point is it just plain crazy?

One of the most challenging things for both parents and teachers is getting children to do excellent projects.  Not just put-a-bunch-of-stuff-together-and-use-four-kinds-of-glue-to-get-it-to-stick kinds of projects, but the ones that really allow them to learn something and stretch their thinking skills and imaginations.  Which ones accomplish this goal, but usually with a lot of stress, an expanding expense, and time that extends into the wee hours of the morning?  The king of all assignments – the Science Fair Project.

An exciting letter goes home with the children outlining the judging criteria and explaining when you can see all of the great things the students have done.  It sounds wonderful, but you know what’s coming.   No one can fool you.

As soon as someone mentions the dreaded words “Science Fair” a rock somewhat the size of Tennessee begins developing in the pit of your stomach.  (Is it igneous, sedimentary or metamorphic, I wonder?  Hmm… a project in the making perhaps?)  You automatically start thinking of items you can cut from your grocery list so that you’ll still be able to afford to feed your family while the masterpiece is in progress.  And you start wondering when you’ll be able to fit in a few afternoon naps so that you don’t fall asleep on your desk at work.

In all honesty though, Science Fair projects can really be quite astonishing.  As a former science teacher and an avid Science Fair coordinator and fan, it always amazes me what young children can do when they set their minds to it.  Did you know that there are actually people from big companies and organizations who scout out the projects at local Science Fairs to gather ideas for improving their own businesses?  That’s the power of creative thought in existence there.

But for those of you whose hands shake nonetheless as they read the school letter, or who have committed to the colossal task of helping their children become better people, or even who just love taking pictures of their children holding awards and wearing gold medals, there’s something coming for you.

As with anything in life, there is a right way and a wrong way to do things.  There is an easy way and a hard way, an effective way and a not-so-effective way. I’m guessing that if you had the choice you’d pick the right, easy, effective way, correct?

Now’s your chance.  There are secrets that the Science Fair insiders likely don’t want you to know because it makes their judges jobs ever so much more difficult.  But if you come back soon I’ll tell you them anyway.

Just keep your eyes peeled and check back often on this site.  You will definitely want to have this…

By Sonia Dabboussi

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  1. […] the mean time, read Science Fair Secrets to learn more! Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)Singleton?$$$The Tuesday Morning […]

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