Of science fairs and snow
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Just because I like snow. I will not be so fond of sudden, completely unexpected snow squalls in May, but in February, they rock (so says The Snow Queen).
My son, my youngest, my last... is participating in his school science fair next month. I have a long list of complaints about how they do it now. A 1 page research paper, scientific method is optional, this is not really a science fair so much as an expo. You see, my mom was very instrumental in helping the school system get it started (unfortunately for me, it was back when I attended). It is nothing like back then.
So I've left the kid more or less to his own devices in that he picked a topic I didn't approve of (gave other suggestions which he shot down), but the teacher did. I really wanted to help with the poster board in terms of measuring things out, etc. before gluing them in place. However, my husband and I had to help my parents with something (they live downstairs) and during that time, he did his poster with only a quick, hand sketched rough draft as a guide. He didn't do a bad job for an 8 year old, but I really wish he had waited until I helped him at least eye-ball it.
In the end, he is my last and this is very likely the last science fair I have to help (or hold back from helping).