Science Fair is a time of creativity, inventiveness, and educational prowess. It’s also a potential gateway towards receiving a college scholarship in the field of science. Finding the right idea to submit to your science fair isn’t always easy, especially if your resources are limited.
Google and Intel teamed up to share their thoughts on what makes a truly winnable science fair project. We’ve broken down their tips into a few helpful steps to get you on your ways towards building a successful project.
Step One: Start Brainstorming Early
To gain a competitive edge against the others around you, start thinking of a project months ahead of time. This will give you a chance to toss ideas around, research, experiment, and prepare for the eventual creation of the project.
Step Two: Begin Working Immediately
When you eventually settle on an idea, get to work as soon as possible. Giving yourself a few weeks (or even a month) to develop a project won’t get you anywhere near the quality you’ll need to be at to wow the judges (unless you accidentally create something genius, in which case, congrats; you’re the exception).
Step Three: Practice Your Demo
If you’ve never participated in a science fair before, let me tell you straight that it’s one of the most exciting experiences you’ll accomplish during your student career. That being said, it’s also one of the most nerve-wracking and stressful. Many a great student has developed a killer project, only to be sidelined by stage-fright.
When you’ve completed your project, and are 99% certain it won’t blow up in your face on presentation day, start practicing your speech/demonstration to the judges. Use family, friends, your dog, or your bedroom mirror of the aforementioned test subjects are unavailable. Remember: breathe in, breathe out.
Step Four: Check, Re-Check, And Check Your Project Again
Nobody wants to show up unprepared for an important demonstration. That’s why you don’t wait until the evening before the science fair to make sure everything works. The week or two before you present, periodically check on your project, and for goodness sakes, don’t store it anywhere it could be destroyed (aka the area your pets sleep).
Follow these steps, and you should be golden come presentation day.
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