I have a deep dark secret to confess! I am NOT fond of science fairs! They are time-consuming, deadline-inducing, sometimes frustrating, often expensive, and (for this science-challenged Sandwich Generation granny nanny) HARD! That being said, they are also educational, interesting, informative, and a good life-lesson for our kids and grandkids. SO when it's science fair time, if I get drafted to help out, I always do.
(And by the by, if you are also a boomer or senior like me, you – like me – probably never had to do a science fair til our kids came along. According to WIkipedia, science fairs started in the 50s and still aren't done a lot here – but all of my kids and grandkids schools have, so we are WELL familiar with them now!
If you are in the same boat on occasion, you might appreciate a little extra help. And I have a very smart grandchild who suggested Science Buddies as a great resource. Along with that, and the books pictured in this article, other useful sites and resources include:
- Successful Science Fair Projects By Lynne Bleeker (Science teacher, science fair organizer and judge)
- Science Fair Project Resource Guide by the IPL (Internet Public LIbrary)
- Super Science Fair Support Center
- The Camden Campus Library at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey has some great advice and links for all our science fair projects as well.
And for those who need/want some extra hand-holding (they don't do the work for you, but they have it all laid out to make it much easier for you to make good science fair projects quickly and easily!) – 24 Hour Science Projects and Middle School Science Fair Projects.
They even have a science fair projects info video for us.
Don't forget the poster board – we get ours at Walmart, Target, or MIchael's – along with cool stickers that go with the project, the colored markers for writing on the poster board, and other specific needs to their assignment.
And with that being said, it's time for this Sandwich Generation granny nanny to get back to the throes of science experimentation (well, really, my grandchild is doing it all – I'm just helping her with running the errands to collect a few more needed items. ). Happy science-ing to us all!
P.S. Thank you so much for your comments. I enjoy them very much and read each one. I also love the grand ideas so many of you share that help and encourage other readers. Thank you.