A Second Grade Science Fair Project
My Son's Science Fair Project
In the month of February 2012, my son participated in his Science Fair at school. It was the first time he'd ever participated. I had never been in a Science Fair myself, and neither had my husband, so we really didn't know how to go about doing it. I stumbled and fumbled my way through it though, and this lens is about the project and what we did.
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The Steps We Took
Here are the steps we took in the order they were made in.
1. Deciding what the project should be about. Since I had never been in a Science Fair myself, I didn't have a clue how to get started or how to choose a topic. What I did was do an internet search on simple Science Fair projects for second graders, and took it from there. It was my son's project, so I let him decide what he wanted to do it on.
2. The project choice. My son has a wonderful love of animals, so he wanted to do his project on something animal-related. He decided on finding out what animal was most popular for boys, girls, men and women.
3. Since we weren't doing anything having to do with any kind of experiments, our next step was to decide what we needed to complete the project. Since we were just interviewing people to find out what their favorite animal was, we decided we just needed my son, a pencil and some paper. My son took it upon himself to interview all of his little classmates and a few of his teachers. Since there were 23 children in his class, we needed 23 adult's responses as well. My son, of course, doesn't have that many teachers, so I made up the difference by asking my Facebook friends to contribute. They were all more than willing to help.
4. The next step was putting the data together. I helped my son with this part. He gave me his list, and I completed it with the answers my Facebook friends had given me. We wrote down the animal, whether the person was a boy, a girl, a woman, or a man, and listed the animals by popularity.
5. Putting the project together for the Science Fair was the last step. We basically waited until 3 days before the Science Fair to do this part. That, it turns out, was a mistake. We didn't really have the time to put the project together the way it was supposed to be. We had all the data on paper, and some photos, and a conclusion, but we didn't have all the steps for the experiment listed, or what my son's guess was going to be, or how he could use the information in the future.
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How We Did
Although my son had a great idea for a project, since we didn't really display it the way it was supposed to be displayed, he didn't win any prizes or anything for it. He did have fun participating, and he says he wants to do it again next year. At least now, I have an idea how it's supposed to be done, and we can try again next year.
By the way, in case you're curious...our results showed that Males (both men and boys), preferred dogs; while Females (women and girls), preferred horses.
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