If you’re a parent, you know all about the infamous Science Fair. My grandson enjoyed being a mad scientist as he experimented with hair-raising balloons over the March break and last night, he and his mom completed the required presentation board. Seven year old Phoenie came up with the awesome title – Static Dramatic!! Nice going, Phoenie!
My daughter sent me a picture of a very proud little boy infront of his presentation this morning. I’m very thankful that Phoenie got to experience “a job well done” and all the accompanying good feelings that go along with it.
Science projects aren’t just busy work. For ten years, I was on the other end of these projects – I taught Grade 8 students all about purpose statements, hypotheses, procedures, variables, observations, results experimental errors and applications. I’m a strong advocate for Science projects for a number of reasons but I can confidently tell you that the biggest lesson learned from this experience is about the importance and wisdom of being a proactive person, not a reactive person….or this happens.
You laugh…but I can’t tell you how often my students “painted themselves in the corner” because they didn’t think through their projects, despite the assignment being given to them months ahead of the due date. The night before the Science Fair, there are many blurry-eyed parents staying up late, putting the finishing touches on their childrens’ projects.
Thomas Edison said it well –
Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.
Your life doesn’t just “happen” and neither do Science projects. Being proactive means thinking and acting ahead. As excruciatingly painful as these projects are for parents, they provide a fantastic opportunity to teach what it means to use foresight.