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Helping at the Right Level

How parents can offer just the right assistance at every stage of the project.

Time Management

Get a handy checklist you can use to make sure your student's project is on track.

Creating a Workspace

Figure out a dedicated workspace for your student's project to minimize disruption.

Overcoming Roadblocks

How to prevent minor project setbacks from derailing your student's progress.

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Overcoming Roadblocks

When the going gets tough, some students will be tempted to abandon their projects and start over with a new topic. In most cases, a little guidance from a parent or teacher — such as suggesting a new research source, or figuring out a different way to present findings — is all it takes to get things moving again.

Science fair projects can be especially challenging, because there’s always the possibility that the project “doesn’t work” — meaning the student discovers that the hypothesis is false. This is completely normal, and does not mean that the project has failed in any way. Proving what doesn’t work is just as important as proving what does. The methods used, and the data collected, are just as valid in the eyes of the judges.

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