Have your kids participated in a science fair? Mine did for the first time just last month, and let me tell you, it was totally worth it! We had so much fun, and it was a great opportunity for the kids to interact with other students. Not sure how to go about it? No problem! Just follow this outline.
Picking A Topic
Optimally, you would be able to find an experiment that supports what you have already been learning about. That way, the material is relevant. We are studying Earth Sciences, and just finished talking about air, so I looked for a related experiment and found one on Science Buddies about hot air balloons. Perfect! The student should be able to conduct most of the experiment themselves. Of course, younger students can have more help. The homeschool science fair we participated in encouraged group projects, so my kindergartener and second grader worked together.
After you pick your topic, gather your materials and experiment away! Don’t forget to take pictures and record your results.
If you need some guidence, download a free experiment worksheet with visuals, here.
Preparing the Presentation
Remember, the student(s) have to present their findings on a trifold board that shows the whole process and should include the following:
- Title and name(s)
My kids did a variety of writing, copying, and typing. They also used different visuals including pictures, drawings, and charts. Since I had a kindergartener and second grader, we color-coded different information: the pink is simpler concepts and uses more pictures, etc., and the green is more detailed. This was also helpful when we practiced our presentation as the kids knew what their parts were. We also prepared a small demonstration.
Here are the kids practicing their presentation:
We practiced a lot! This helped build the kids’ confidence for the real presentation. I also had the kids ask each other questions. This especially helped cue the kindergartener throughout the presentation.
The Science Fair
When we got to the science fair, we checked in and set up our table, which consisted of our trifold board and demonstration. We had some time to look at all the other projects and interact with the other students before the judges got to us. The kids did a great job! They were asked questions by the judges (probably to see if they understood the science behind the research) and interested other students with their demonstration.
Although we didn’t do it to win, the kids won first place in their age group! They were so excited (and Mom was so proud!).
Have you participated in a science fair? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below.
Till Next Time,