Your summer is just beginning and it is a great time to find inspiration for helping kids find their next school year’s science fair project. If you are a teacher, today and tomorrow are a great time to think about what sources you can use in the coming school year as an inspiration for your in class experiments and demonstrations as well as for your students experiments and science fair projects.
This year has produced some amazing discoveries. Scientists have looked to nature for design inspirations, such the first spina bifida surgery was done on an infant. Can you even imagine how that changed that child’s life and the life of his or her parents!
Or how about listening to a few TED Talks. Here is one on how hip hop helps us to understand science!
Because you are a scientists as well as a teacher you need to be just as innovative and resourceful if you want to prepare your students for their futures.
There are a lot of resources that you can turn to for inspiration for in-class experiments. There are websites, books, plants, animals and traditional tools. You can also find a lot of great sources of science project inspiration by reading headlines.
A great project you can implement in the New Year is a science headline journaling project. Have your students write in their science journals each week about a science headline. Then discuss a few of these headlines in class. These journal entries can be used to supplement materials being covered in class, or they can be used to inspire science fair projects or classroom projects.
Science fair project ideas can come from a variety of sources including this Blog. We have tons of science fair abstracts and ideas posted here since 2007. Your students can also be inspired by nature’s designs.