We had the science fair at school tonight! I love the science fair and I love working with the girls on their projects. I appreciate the fact that the science fair at our school is voluntary and that the rules are liberal -- kids are simply encouraged to research a topic or scientist of interest to them. Faith chose owls -- pretty much her spirit animal from birth. She knows so much about these creatures that this project was more about practicing her best handwriting (something she struggles with) and creating a neat posterboard. We had a lot of fun choosing and printing pictures. She adored the sparkly stickers she picked out for the border (this kid sparkles everywhere she goes). She thrived in talking with all of the folks who stopped by to ask about her display. All-in-all participating in the fair was a joy for us.
However, I noticed an all-time low participation at tonight's fair. Which left me wondering -- is the science fair a thing of the past? Where are all of our little scientists? I'm a weird, old-fashioned traditionalist. I get that my enthusiasm on a lot of topics is not trendy. And that's OK. But tonight did leave me wondering how other folks view the science fair.
So, drop me a comment below and let me know. Are your kiddos a fan of the science fair? Do they hate it? Does it cause too much stress? Or do they enjoy digging into a topic and sharing their knowledge with the school community?