Elementary kids will have kids' science projects as part of their science activities in school. We are the first person our children will turn to when they need help to work on kids’ science projects. This is part of learning science. As a parent, we can help by providing the necessary guidance to them.
Completing science projects or participating in science fair may mean different things to our children. The science projects may play a role in the grade the child receives for this subject. Participating in science fair may mean stiff competition to win prizes.
Understand our children’s viewpoint on the challenges they faced. Reassure them we are here to help them achieve their objectives. However, get them to understand it is part of a learning process. It is the experience and skill they learn which matters in the long term. Encourage them to enjoy and have fun.
It is only human nature to do things of one’s interest. Get to know each child’s interest well. This will help to explore the ideas and topics the child can choose. If the teacher had assigned the topic that the child dislikes, discuss with the teacher on the topic selection and explore alternatives.
If this is the child first attempt, try to choose an easy science projects so that it can boost her confidence.
Help your child research her chosen topic by finding out everything about the scientific principles involved. There are many resources available. Some of these include libraries, museum, science center, books and magazines, internet science news, teachers and educators.
Teach kid to take notes, collect data and record observations.
Kids’ science projects need to use scientific methods to carry out investigation too. We need to find a scientific problem, develop a hypothesis to the answer, perform an experiment to test the hypothesis, document and analyze the result. Finally, draw a conclusion to the scientific problem with the answer.
Schedule some time for both of you to devote to the experiment. It may get messy, lots of trial and error.
Advise your kid on how to present the project results taking into consideration on what are some of the rules for the science project. It also helps to make the child learn how to communicate effectively with pictures, drawings, graphs and charts since pictures help to tell a thousand words.
A parent’s role in our kids’ science projects is not exactly hands-on but being a chief facilitator who gives moral support. We may help to gather materials, monitor progress, keep an eye on the timeframe and at the same time keep the child calm to enjoy this learning experience.