As a young student there’s nothing quite like creating your own science fair project. From choosing the topic to the laborious research, these projects still end up being one of the most engaging ways to teach students to learn about their surroundings. Students must first think creatively to determine what they want to research and why. Then they must determine how they will conduct their research, the methods they will use, and finally make their own observations to draw a conclusion.
The second teaching method that engages students during science fairs is the presentation of their findings. At our Science Fair, the students must not only be able to share their observations, but teach fellow students and teachers about their findings. They were allowed a tri-fold board as a visual aid to be included in their display where they could place graphs, images, or even a step by step process of their research methodology. Then fellow students and teachers alike walked the fair grounds to discuss each project.
As is the case with most science fair projects, our students picked their topics based on their own interests. Some students wanted to know what color shirt you should wear on cold days, which fishing line knot shape is most durable, which practices increase the longevity of cut flowers, and if dog’s saliva kills more bacteria than a cat’s saliva. One student, to the dismay of many of her friends, concluded that the “5 second rule” is void as she found that bacteria can attach to food within five seconds. (That’s one for the parents!)