Assess Student’s Skills, Not Project Perfection

At just about any Science Fair, you see projects that are absolutely perfect! They have perfect procedures, perfect results, and perfect project boards. Unfortunately, sometimes these projects are examples of perfect plagiarism. They are either copied from a published project or are actually the parent’s work. These students totally get robbed of the opportunity to…

Defining Science & Engineering Fair Project Success

After your child has completed their project, they can be sure that they’ve had a successful Science & Engineering Fair experience if they can honestly say: “I am proud of myself for exploring my science or engineering question!” “Science and engineering is cool!” “I want to explore the science and engineering all around me!” “I…

3 Tips for Fostering Innovation at your School’s Science & Engineering Fair

Break the cycle … Be an innovative planner to foster innovation at your school’s Science & Engineering Fair!  If you are on the organizing committee of your child’s school Science & Engineering Fair, then big kudos to you! It’s a lot of work, but with big rewards. Innovative planning might involve experimenting with new and…