Almost every student who attends school in the United States has to participate in a science project at least one time during their lives. More often than not, this science project is for the school’s science fair. When students are required to do a science project, most turn to their parents for advice or with the hopes that their parents will do most of the project for them. But, it’s important that children do science projects for themselves because it promotes a new way of learning.
Science projects require different skills.
Most science projects cannot be done overnight. This means that students have to learn how to effectively organize their thoughts, plan out their project, and avoid procrastination. During the construction of the science project, students have to have curiosity and an overall purpose for doing the project. Aside from those skills, students often have to have a combination of English, science, and math skills to effectively carry out their project and write out the steps and summary. Thus, children are enhancing and acquiring skills, throughout the completion of their science project, which will be beneficial to their overall learning experience.
Science projects require a level of art and creativity. Whether a student decides to conduct an intricate experiment, or create a poster with in-depth details about a subject, a student has to use art and creativity to design their project. In some ways, science projects are basically an art form. Like any other art form, science projects encourages expression in a safe, interesting, and creative way. After completing a science project on their own, a student may have the interest to pursue other creative forms or even have a new passion for science.
Children learn new information in a fun and experimental way.
While some children like learning through books, notes, and lectures, most children want to learn new things in a fun environment. The reason why many young school children don’t like science is that most teachers approach the subject of science with lectures and seemingly endless class notes. This makes the learning experience redundant and unpleasant. But, creating a science project promotes fun and experimental learning. Since children have to learn about new information, and apply it to their project in a creative way, they gain a new insight of education. A lot of times children want to seek out further information about their science project, or science in general, because learning about it as so much fun and exciting.
The acknowledgement and recognition motivates children for the future.
When you’re a kid, nothing feels better than getting acknowledgement and recognition for something you worked hard on and are proud of. If a child creates a science project by themselves, turns it in, and earns acknowledgement or recognition for it, they will most likely be motivated to do similar work in the future. This new motivation will be applied for various subjects, not only science. Thus, it is important for a child’s overall learning and educational experience to conduct a science project by themselves.