Making Science Fair a Positive Experience--for Everyone!
From Turmoil to Terrific: Families and the School Science Fair
Do your students' parents scowl over the science fair project assignment? Is there too much parent involvement in the projects that are submitted? Are there too many projects being done at the last minute? There are steps teachers can take in the classroom to make the process smoother for families, but helping parents better understand their role in their student's project may also help them better appreciate the value of science fair experiments and projects--and make the experience more positive all around!
Spotlighted Science Project Resource
After a student completes an experiment, she needs to analyze all the data gathered, understand how it relates to the hypothesis, and then put it into a format that helps show what happened during the experiment. Bar chart? Line graph? Scatter plot?
What is the best format to use, and how do you plug in data related to the independent and dependent variables from the experiment? The Data Analysis & Graphs
resource has answers, handy checklists, and samples.
Fresh Ideas on the Science Buddies Blog
Can elementary school students experiment with 3D robotics design and engineering?
Of course! This student put her own robots to the test
using free computer software and walked away with a blue ribbon at a local fair.
Sinkhole Claims Prized Corvettes
Sinkholes often happen unexpectedly, and when the floor of a car museum recently opened up, a number of expensive cars were swallowed whole. What may have been happening, underground, to create a sinkhole like this? Learn more about the role acidic waters play in destabilizing rock--and put it to the test with a hands-on student science project!
Geology resources at Science Buddies are sponsored by Chevron.
New Project Ideas and Resources
The following Project Ideas were recently added at Science Buddies:
Featured Family Science Activity
What causes the seasons we experience in different parts of the globe at different times of the year? You and your students may know that something about the way the Earth spins causes us to have different seasons, but with a simple hands-on family science activity
, you and your family can experiment to better understand how the tilt of the Earth's axis is related to seasons.
Encourage Your Students to Share Their Science Project Experience!
We love to highlight stories about student and
teacher science project and science fair successes -- just like yours
! Have your students submit photos of their projects to Science Buddies. They might end up featured in a success story on the Science Buddies Blog
, in the spotlight at Facebook
, or in the newsletter. Let us know
, in photos, how the project went!
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