Friday, February 14, 2014

Science Fair Projects

Our homeschool group puts on a science fair each year. We always make the effort to participate and have found it to be a worthwhile experience. Unlike most public school science fairs, there are:

  • No grades
  • No competition
  • No rules about what constitutes a “legal” project

Some students do traditional projects by coming up with an hypothesis, testing it, and drawing conclusions, all displayed on a project board. Others bring an experiment to demonstrate or make a poster about a favorite animal or concept. Because it is low pressure, most of the results are obviously kid-made, not adult-designed. Certainly parents assist, but the students are doing most of the work (and learning). There isn’t the pressure for perfection that there might be in some situations. Each student has the opportunity to tell about his or her project. I think for some, this is one of the few opportunities they have to speak in front of a group. That, too, is good experience.

Here are some of the topics we’ve visited through the years:

Structural Strength of Different Shapes

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Do Objects All Fall at the Same Rate?

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Testing the Effects of Leaving Different Ingredients Out of Bread

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Bubble Gum! Comparing Different Brands for Maximum Bubble Size, Stretchiness, Flavor, Etc.

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Water Cycle

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Dinosaurs

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2 comments:

  1. They are great projects! I am hosting a science fair for my group this year next month.

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  2. I love the variety of science projects the kids came up with! Organizing your science fair without a lot of rules and structure really allows them to pursue their interests - great idea!

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