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ERIC Number: EJ921134
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
A Standards-Based Science Fair
Rillero, Peter
Science and Children, v48 n8 p32-36 Apr 2011
In standards-based science fairs, children learn more about what they are interested in. They deepen understandings of how science works and improve inquiry skills--including the ability to communicate and share research results. Parents learn more about science inquiry and their child's science abilities. The standards-based science fair builds on the strengths of traditional science fairs, but by having students compete against standards rather than against other students, the projects become more student-centered. The classroom format of this science fair features many opportunities for students to communicate about their full inquiry projects. In this article, the author discusses the challenges of a science fair and describes how science fair projects can be a powerful tool to give children full-inquiry experiences fueled by explorations of their unique interests. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States