The mandatory science fair project.
But here's a great idea for a project:
Is holding a middle school science fair a worthwhile endeavor? A team of science educators and researchers funded by a $2 million National Science Foundation grant is hoping to find out.According to Abigail Jurist Levy, the principal research scientist for the four-year project, "Science Fairs Under the 'Scope," science fairs have "never been really rigorously researched":
The group is collecting data on science fairs' cost effectiveness, as well as their impact on learning and on students' interest in science.
"As valued as they are by some, and as criticized as they are by others, we really don't know what they offer students in terms of learning experiences and engendering enthusiasm in science."Huffington Post:
From Susan Messina, designer of the above poster:
Any elementary school project that requires a lot of parental time, energy, resources, support, cajoling and financial investment is just BAD. Such projects privilege students from higher-income families for all the obvious reasons.They also privileged the extraverted and artistic self-starters over other types of students (among them, some of our future scientists).