Science fair projects are about so much more than science.
My eight year old recently participated in her first science fair. Because there are so many steps involved in implementing a project for a fair, it is important children are helped through the process before being expected to prepare a project on their own.
If assistance in finding an experiment is needed, the Science Buddies web site is an excellent place to go. My daughter wanted to know how many helium balloons it would take to lift her into the air.
Kids tend to want to jump right into their project and often don't even consider planning. Therefore, my first task was to slow her down and help her to think about how she would answer her question. We got out a blank notebook and wrote down some headings which would later show up on her display board:
After writing down what she knew and doing some research on the internet, she guessed at how many balloons it would take to lift her and then we designed a procedure which would help answer her question.