Science Fairs

We all have the picture in our head – homemade volcanos, paper and wire hanger solar systems – it’s Science Fair time. A Science Fair is a great way to spend time with your child, help them learn something new and gain independence as they complete the project. Here are some tips and resources to help you help them. Remember, it’s their project, not yours.

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Science Buddies

The non-profit Science Buddies empowers K-12 students, parents, and teachers to quickly and easily find free project ideas and help in all areas of science from physics to food science and music to microbiology. Their sections include: project ideas, project guides, ask an expert, and science careers. There are also sections for parents and students.
Their mission is to help students from all walks of life to build their literacy in science and technology so they can become productive and engaged citizens in the 21st century. Hands-on scientific investigations are acknowledged to be among the best ways to teach science literacy. Science Buddies supports these activities by providing free science project ideas, answers, and tools to a diverse audience of K-12 teachers, parents, and students.

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Science Fair Central

Source: Discovery Education
Including an idea finder, project timelines, help getting started, project ideas, and presentations. They also have a Parent resources section, tips and trips, and resources for home.
Discovery Education provides engaging digital resources to schools and homes with the goal of making educators more effective, increasing student achievement, and connecting classrooms and families to a world of learning. Discovery Education is a division of Discovery Communications, a global nonfiction media company.

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Science Fair for Young Children

Source: PBS
Dragonfly TV – Science Fair
Dragonfly TV has information on science fair projects and ideas featuring videos where kids describe what experiments they tried and what they found out. There are also extra resources on science fair success, riddles, a quiz, and featured scientist.

Sid the Science Kid
The "Sid the Science Kid" Web site is designed to further develop children's natural wonder and build a strong foundation for early science exploration. Complementary online and offline activities motivate children to practice and internalize scientific methodology. The site is crafted to support a collaborative learning experience between child and adult and offers features that help adult mentors to support and participate in the child's learning process.

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NRFC Resources

Praise with a Purpose : Encouraging Children to Succeed (2009)
This information sheet provides tips on how fathers can not only build relationships with their children but also build their self confidence through consistent, positive communication and encouragement
The Courage to Fail : Dealing with Life's Lessons (2008)
This information sheet provides advice on teaching children how to handle failures so they are not defeated by them but learn from them. It also contains a list of topics for further discussion as well as recommendations for books and movies.
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