Let’s Go to the Science Fair!

by Sandra Foyt on March 31, 2011

in Enrichment Ideas

science_fairWould you like to help get kids excited about science? Next week, the Capital District Science and Math Club will host a Science Fair for Homeschooled Students on Friday, April 8, 2011 at the Empire State Plaza Concourse near the bus terminal, from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.

You can show your support for kids in science just by attending the fair!

My homeschooled son has been planning his project for several weeks, investigating and dropping several ideas, before finding the one that lit the fire in his belly to do the research and create a compelling presentation. I’m a little worried about him pulling it together in time, but I’m also committed to being hands off. Lucky for us, he is the veteran of several presentations as he has always been allowed to display a project at his old school’s Education Fair, even after leaving to homeschool.

For several homeschoolers, however, this will be their first chance to display a project in front of their peers, and we owe it all to the initiative of Paul and Jeanette Roundy who organized this first-ever Science Fair for Homeschooled Students in New York’s Tech Valley.

I’m always curious about leaders who make a difference, so I asked them a few questions about the science fair.

Q&A: Paul and Jeanette Roundy, Capital District Science & Math Club.

Q: Why did you decide to hold a science fair for homeschoolers?

We organized the Capital District Math and Science club last fall, and the fair was a natural opportunity for the children in the club to show their explorations.  We invited the whole homeschool community because we could not find a similar event, and to provide an opportunity for both parents and children to meet new people.  We also wanted a larger fair to attract more attention for the children. 

Q: How did you organize this event? 

I checked various avenues and found the Plaza to be reasonably priced.  Also, it is a great location to promote awareness of homeschooling as a potential remedy for budget problems and a source of advanced academics for our children.

Q: How has the community responded to this proposal? 

The homeschool community has been supportive.  We will have 35-40 exhibits from homeschoolers all over the Capital Region. We hope to find support and encouragement from the broader community during and after the event.

Q: Were there any resources that you relied on to plan this event? 

My husband and I did the initial planning, members of the club to make signs and banners, and participants to provide exhibits.  Also, the staff at the Plaza Special Events have been helpful and supportive.

Q: What are your expectations for the science fair? 

The purpose of the science fair is to allow a venue for children to share their explorations in science.  It is also an opportunity for the children to answer questions about what they are learning.  A minor purpose is to show the public that the homeschool community is involved in great educational activities in the mainstream of society.

Q: Is there anything else that you would like to share about the homeschool science fair?

The children are excited to present their projects on a wide range of topics, and we welcome anyone who would like to check us out!

Go See It!

Homeschool Science Fair
Friday, April 8, 2011
11 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Empire State Plaza Concourse (near the bus terminal)
Contact: Capital District Science and Math Club Yahoo Group

 

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Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie.

A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.”

Find her on GetawayMavens.com, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at SandraFoyt.com, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network.

Email: sandrafoyt@albanykid.com, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

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