Non-competitive science fairs are great for Kindergarten to Grade 7 students. There are different types of science fair projects. A few are, the experiment project which tests a specific hypothesis, the invention project in which children try to develop new things and/or techniques and the study, where students create a collection of items and then tries to compare them in insightful ways.
In a nutshell, students decide what they’ll do and how they’ll do it, they gather the materials, talk about their ideas with their teacher or parents, do their experiments, studies or inventions and keep detailed notes of all their experiments, testings, measurements and observations. This is all pretty complicated for a five-year old and hopefully the following tips will put it into perspective.
1. Make science fair projects age appropriate. Science fair projects that match the kindergarten science skills list are preferable.
2. A project that represents mostly parent thinking, planning and presentation, benefits the parent more than the child.
3. Don’t push your students and their parents to complete an involved science project. There will be many opportunities in future grades for more difficult tasks.
4. A science project that involves using the five senses to make observations and sharing this information with pictures, charts, or demos is a great start.
5. Keep science fair projects non-competitive for kindergarten. Young students will benefit from being part of a large science event where all participants are appreciated.
6. Encourage the children to solve problems in creative ways, to talk about what they are doing with their friends and family and to use their 5 senses to make their observations.
7. If children have had prior opportunities recording their observations in science centers they will be ready to do the same in the science fair project.
8. Remember – Keep It Simple – it’s kindergarten!
- Pick a topic from the following:
- Life Sciences – characteristics of living things
- Physical science identify the properties of non-living objects
- Earth and Space Science features of the local environment
- Include skills of observation, collecting, and communicating
- Collect everything you need
- Do the experiment or study and record your observations
- Make a backboard with wonderful kindergarten drawings
- Plan how to arrange the presentation