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Science Fair Project Ideas Revisited:
by Bob Schwartz
The Sounds of Science
The smell of flowers blooming and birds chirping may signify springtime to some but these signals mean something completely different for me. These annual happenings no longer provide for hope springing eternal but rather panic furnishing its yearly jolt. This time of year brings with it the frightful event that follows winter. For this is the season of science projects.
Now I recognize that science fairs are commendable as learning tools for children. A time to display their scientific creativity. A time to challenge their young minds and test hypotheses. A time to drag one's parents back down memory lane to those nostalgic anxiety attacks produced by school deadlines. When your child's ability to drive to the store to pick up the necessary materials is still at least ten years away and you're not yet entirely comfortable letting them fly solo with a hammer and circular saw - you'll find yourself involved up to your cerebellum in their science projects!
There are some parents who view this time as the highlight of the school season and jump in with both feet. I jump backwards towards the Internet to determine if there exists a market for pre-made science projects. No such luck. I'm now contemplating creating a web site called Science Swap. I'll trade a first grade project of a volcano and a kindergarten rainbow display for a third grade solar system. Recycling. That's real science!
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