Science Fair should be an exciting celebration of STEM, but sometimes it can turn into a burden that both kids and parents come to dread. We at The STEM Shoppe would like to change that! Here area few tips on how you can help your child with the science fair without doing their project for them:
1.Help Brainstorm. Kids have great ideas and should be able to get genuinely excited about their project. Sometimes they may need a little help getting over the initial ‘I don’t know what to do,’ however. A great science fair idea really depends on the child, and it is important to find a topic that your child is really interested in. Start with their interests, whether it be animals, nature, video games, food, music, or anything else. What questions do they have about that topic? Most questions can be explored with a scientific approach, and you’ll have a science fair project unique to them within no time.
2.Prepare Supplies. Science fair projects can take a lot of time, and by preparing the supplies you will save them time and effort and make it possible for them to focus on the more interesting and more important part of actually conducting the experiment. Helping with the simple but time-consuming tasks such as gathering supplies will help your child keep from burning out on the project and wanting to quit before it is finished.
3.Give Encouragement. This one seems simple, but it is just as important as the others. Be supportive of their project and give feedback and advice when needed. Encouragement and support are much better in the long run than doing most of the project for them – allowing your child to have to work hard on the project will give them the satisfaction of the finished product and a better experience overall.
In addition to these tips, we are offering Science Fair help this October for the first time at The STEM Shoppe! Both online and in-person classes are available, and we will work together and complete the project in 60 days. Included with the classes is a Science Fair Project checklist and the opportunity to have your final science fair project reviewed by an educator prior to submission. For more information and pricing for this stress free and easy way for your child to enjoy the science fair, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Delia Bayna, M.Ed. is an K-8 educator and frequently provides professional development opportunities for K-8 teachers state-wide.