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Summer: The Best Time for a Science Fair Experiment

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by Lani Yamafuji in fun ideas, homeschool, parents
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Yea summer! No homework, all fun. Do I want to tackle a science fair experiment now? Absolutely!

When my kids were younger, I would always try and talk them into doing their science fair project during the summer. I was successful about half the time. I think I have some mighty convincing reasons why summer is the best time of the year for almost any science experiment.

1. More time

Many of the best projects take time. And time is a precious commodity during the school year, with homework, sports practices, music lessons and more taking over all of our time. When you do an experiment over a month or two (even if you are only working on it a few minutes a week) it shows the science fair judges that you are committed to this project. When you have a change over time science fair graph, it’s a good thing.

2. Less stress

When there isn’t a deadline looming, there is just less stress on everyone. Have you ever been in the situation where your kid has a big project due the next day and it isn’t done? I have, and it makes my blood boil! (I’m not one to keep calm and collected during these times). Science fair projects are great because the rules don’t change from year to year, so they can be done ahead of time. Less stress on mom makes a happy household.

3. Better weather

As a judge, I have seen experiments fail because a kid tries to grow plants outside, during winter. Then there are the solar projects that just don’t work well when it’s freezing or the astronomy observations that don’t work during our winter rains. Take advantage of the weather while you can, you will have a much wider choice of projects if you do.

4. More plants and animals

Experiments done in nature are usually the top winning projects at the science fair. These are real life experiments that observe or improve upon the natural environment. In summer, there are just more plants blooming, bugs crawling around, and wildlife to be seen. Unfortunately, the science fair is at the end of winter, so these types of projects are a rare gem.

5. Vacation projects

When you are in a new environment it brings out your natural curiosity. So, why not capture that curiosity and make an experiment out of it. You can collect sand, or rocks, or leaves and compare them to the ones you have back home. If you live in the city, you can examine something at that lake house or on that mountain hike. Besides getting your science fair experiment out of the way, it is just a good way to have fun and spend some time while you are away from home.

6. Water projects

Swimming pool experiments and water conservation experiments are much easier to do in the summer. My son had two winning projects at the state level that had to do with water. One of them was an experiment testing whether his lung capacity grew over the 4 months of swim team practice – it did. Another experiment tested how much water our swimming pool cover saved in evaporation (he actually did the test in a cup of water, not the real swimming pool). You might also think of a good fishing, water skiing, surfing, paddleboarding, irrigation or other water project for the summer.

7. Time for a do-over

If your science experiment just doesn’t work, you still have time to do it over or start again with another project. Experiments that don’t prove or disprove your hypothesis are not going to fly with the judges. Examples of real projects: Which molds faster? None of them molded. Which grew most? They all died. In my eyes these are incomplete projects. Please do another experiment!

 

Do you have any questions about your summer experiment or do you want to share your favorite summer activity? Head on over to the comments below.

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