I have yet to have a non-stressful science fair! It is actually a huge project for a 11-13 year old to handle. I try to make it bearable by giving students a packet with all due dates and parts of the project. I still have a lot of aggravation!!! I have discovered that part of my frustration comes about because of students and their partners. I tell them they may do the project by themselves or in a group up to 3 people. I do this because I see over 200 students and 200 projects is too much to oversee. However, just today I had a group of girls who already had their problem and hypothesis done split up due to arguing over the project. What is there to argue about on a science fair project when you already know what you are doing?!!
Another issue I have is that students want to change their problem in the middle of the project. They start with a good question like: Which are stronger caged chicken eggs or free-range chicken eggs? And turn into something like: Which egg is faster a caged chicken egg or a free-range chicken egg? What? Faster down what, a ramp? Why do we care about which egg is fastest? All I have to say is AGGHHHH!
Paper Shovel CHallenge
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