Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Science Fair in Homeschool
Our family just returned from a trip to Chicago, Illinois where my oldest daughter, Kayla, had the privilege of presenting last year's science fair project entitled "Does Added Protein In a Hen’s Diet Affect the Number of Eggs Laid?" at the American Junior Academy of Science.
Kayla competed in the spring of 2008 at the local science fair competition where she was awarded first place in her age division and overall winner in the Biology category. From there we went to state competition where she placed 2nd in her division. From there she was invited to the Kansas Junior Academy of Science competition where she presented her paper orally and was awarded the "Best Small Middle School" award (very small...only 2 students). As part of her award, she got her way paid to present her paper to the American Junior Academy of Science in Chicago at the parent chapter, American Association for the Advancement of Science, meeting.
As part of our home school curriculum, we have participated in the science fair program locally for five years now. We've learned a lot through this process and my girls have gained some valuable experience, skills, and knowledge. Science fairs give children the most realistic experience in research, paper writing and presenting.
We have found some valuable information that has helped us tremendously in our science fair projects located at the Kansas Junior Academy of Science website. This paper has a section on what makes a good science fair project, as well as how to format your research paper.
A list of other state academies are listed here.
Although I've listed below some science fair project book links, I would encourage everyone to take these projects as a starting point and come up with your own project from those in the books. Much of creating a good science fair project comes from creative thinking and originality.