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Is Your Kid Smart Enough to be a Scientist?

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by Lani Yamafuji in homeschool, parents
Is your kid smart enough to be a scientist?

 

One excuse I hear from kids and their parents is that only the smart kids win the science fair. Or that their kid is not good at science, so it’s not fair to make them do a science fair project.

Life isn’t fair.

By reading this website, you will have a huge advantage in the science fair. Besides, grades in science don’t necessarily correlate to the science fair. I’ve had special education kids do perfectly wonderful science fair projects. Some better than A students.

Another complaint I hear from parents is that they are not good at science, therefore their kid is not good at science. Hello, science is something you have to learn – babies aren’t born with or without the science experiment gene.

These self defeating attitudes make me cringe! I believe parents should say, “Well, I’m not sure how to do it, but I’m sure we can figure it out!”

I’ve taught hundreds of students and judged their science fair projects and I can tell you, smartness isn’t even in the top 10 attributes of being a great scientist or winning the science fair.

Below is an infographic showing you what is important.

10 Things you need to be a good scientist

1. Curiosity

This is the most important trait. You ask questions, wonder how things work, are curious about the world, and have an endless supply of things to discover. And discovery is science.

2. Confidence

You believe in yourself and know that obstacles can be overcome.

More importantly, you believe in yourself when others don’t – even if those others are your parents. (Surprisingly, this happens!)

You have to have the confidence and willingness to ask questions that others aren’t willing to ask.

3. Work Ethic

You know some things take time, and harder things take longer. But, you know that hard work pays off in the end.

4. Patience

You have a willingness to try, and try again if it doesn’t work the first time. And most things don’t work out the first time.

The ability to make mistakes and learn from them is an important trait of a scientist. Patience is a virtue in life and in science.

5. Creativity

Thinking outside the box is extremely important in science.

You look at things from a different point of view as everyone else, so you come up with new ideas. And that is what science is all about, especially when it comes to science experiments.

Figuring out a question that’s never been asked, then doing an experiment to figure out the answer needs creativity. And this creativity creates winning projects.

6. Optimism

You have an open mind, a belief that anything is possible, which is necessary to keep moving forward. When you believe you can do it, amazing things happen.

7. Help

You have the ability to ask for help when you need it – and everyone needs help. Get a mentor and ask away. Science is about collaboration.

High school and college scientists get loads of help from their teachers and college laboratories. Why should younger kids be any different? They should get more help.

8. Detail oriented

You don’t need to be especially good at math, but you do pay attention to details. Keep a journal. Write down everything. You never know what information will be important to your science experiment until you’re done.

9. Truthfulness

Many times things don’t turn out the way you want or the way you expected. This is science. Deal with it, but don’t change it. You start over, change something, try again and keep going.

10. Ability to communicate

Science isn’t important until more than one person knows about it. You are able to explain – in writing, graphs, and speaking – what you did and what you learned. This is key.

 

Does your kid have what it takes?

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GET YOUR FREE SCIENCE FAIR CHEAT SHEET!

Learn the 3 Secrets to Winning from a science fair judge, teacher, and mom. It could be life changing. Make this science fair the best ever!

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Only for K-8th Grade Winners!