People seem to have different reactions to science fairs: parents may grumble about the mess that will inevitably be made, teachers get overwhelmed by all of the extra planning and the students? The students are excited, and rightfully so! I recently discussed my reflections on judging my first science fair and I can’t get the idea out of my head that there is some way that students (and teachers) can get some good science done at science fairs with a little help from scientists. Here are some ways that science fairs can be improved (and I know our fearless readers have more to add, take it to the comments or use #kidsdoscience on Twitter):
- Incorporate inquiry-based learning into topics other than science.