Saturday, March 6, 2010

Homeschool Science Fair 2010

Awesome, awesome, awesome! And I don't use that word often, but it describes our first science fair perfectly. It was just a wonderful learning experience from a parent/teacher standpoint and the children had a ball. Can you say win/win situation? The fair is sponsored annually by the Arizona Science Center. It's not judged, but it's a chance for homeschoolers to show off their scientific prowess to the public.
Amir's project was, How do rockets work? We built a model rocket and launched it with a ballon. He learned that for every action there must be an equal and opposite reaction, one of Newton's Law. From a 6 year old perspective, when the air goes down from the balloon, the rocket goes up.
Yasina dealt with how many people wear glasses. She observed 108 people while we were in Chicago. 55 people wore glasses, 53 did not. Her hypothesis was right. She said a lot of people were glasses.
We learned tons about science doing these projects including lots of vocabulary words. What I liked most was that at the fair, the children had to explain their projects to anyone who came along. Talk about socialization and communication skills, this was a great test of both. A test that Amir and Yasina passed with flying colors.

The glasses were her idea.Explaining his project to fellow scientists

Yasina's tally marks, she was so proud of these.
Do You Wear Glasses?
Amir's project

The Proud Mama!


  1. They were "shining" boy! :o)
    Great opportunity. I just learned that our city science fair is organized by the public school system yet homeschoolers are allowed to participate. Several homeschoolers placed high. We can't wait for next year!

  2. Thank you. We started early this year and it really helped.