ERIC Number: EJ914368
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Reference Count: 0
You Can't Start Young Enough: Even a Kindergartner Can Be a Scientist!
Young, Terrence E., Jr.
School Library Monthly, v27 n4 p9-11 Jan 2011
From the time they are born, children have a natural curiosity toward the world around them. Even though they can't speak, one can still observe that they are skilled at discovery. Science fair projects can nurture this natural curiosity and give elementary students the opportunity to explore their interests in a rewarding way. Participation in a science fair stimulates student interest in science while promoting the development of problem solving and decision making skills. Science fair projects help students understand how scientists work and foster closer working relationships among students, teachers, and school librarians. The basis for a successful science project is an unanswered science question. The Web site "Skytopia" provides students with a good starting point as they visually explore "The World's Most Unanswered Science Questions." "Skytopia" can be the motivation students need to think like scientists and explore unanswered questions on their own. As they seek to answer these "unanswered questions" they may be stimulated to read more, form hypotheses, and devise experiments to test their hypotheses. The result of continuing to seek answers to unanswered questions may be an idea for a new "invention" that can solve a common problem. (Contains 7 resources and 7 online resources.)
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Science Projects, Student Interests, Science Interests, Science Fairs, Decision Making Skills, Internet, Scientists, Experiments, Problem Solving, Science Experiments, School Libraries, Librarians, Librarian Teacher Cooperation, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Kindergarten
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Education Level: Elementary Education
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