“Nothing is too wonderful to be true, if it be consistent with the laws of nature.”
Whether you are building a volcano or testing time and relative dimensions in space, Science Fair is right around the corner! How exciting it is to think that out there someone is working on a Science Fair project that could one day change the world. Whether they are working on forensics or simple machines, young minds across the nation will be working on their next Scientific breakthrough. Is the next Faraday out there or quite possibly a real life Sherlock Holmes? Who knows, unless they try? Science can take them out in to the far reaches of space or down to the tiniest atom.
Where would we be with out science? I love to sit and imagine being in the Royal Institute in London during the Enlightenment and listening to the lectures of the many theories and demonstrations of new inventions, like Faraday’s Induction Ring or Davy’s many elemental discoveries. Science takes curiosity and imagination. Why is the sky blue? Can I talk to someone across the continent? What if I could fly? Start with a question and go from there. In science it’s okay to mess up, you make note and try again. You never know when a mishap could lead to something more. Penicillin was discovered when Alexander Flemming noticed mold had contaminated his flu cultures and X-Rays were just a flash in the pan, or an electric current through a spacial glass. You never know if you don’t try. This year for Science Fair take a chance do something different. Whether you like Science Fiction or are into Crime Shows or you just have a question to answer make this year’s Science Fair project something to brag about.
“A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the man’s brow.”
– Charles Brower
For in the classroom or at home:
- Bill Nye the Science Guy offers some experiments that shows how fun Science really can be!
- The Royal Institute offers links to some of the greatest Scientific discoveries over the past few centuries.
- Are your students/children often asking “Why is science important?” This teacher in the UK has the answer, along with multiple lesson ideas and activities.
- This link will give you some great ideas for Unusual Science Fair Projects!
Let us at Knowledge Tree assist you with all your Science Fair needs!
“…when you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”
–Sherlock Holmes (Doyle)