In my state we get the primary school aged kids (8-12) to enter a State Science competition. (In other states and countries - the equivalent may be a school science fair.)
My daughter (9) has some interests in science. She has:
- tried lots of different slime recipes to get the best results
- built a pair of unicorn slippers with lights programmable by Arduino for dancing in.
When I ask her about entering these in the competition - she goes quiet and mumbles. She hints that the teacher that runs the competition puts her off.
When I asked her last year about bringing in science experiments to her teacher (whom she loved) she was reluctant. (She would take in the lego compressed air steam engine, but not the slime experiments).
My mother's feeling about the situation is that my daughter feels that teachers take all the fun out of a perfectly good thing to play with and talk to your friends about.
My question is: What do I do to get my daughter interested in presenting her science experiments at the science competition (fair)?
EDIT: Why put an entry in a science competition? A couple of reasons:
(1) because she has pushed beyond what looked easy before (voluntary State Maths and English competitions) and done much better than she thought. (Not to say that underperforming grows you because you learn how to do better and how to be a good sport in that situation)
(2) because this is a way to get recognition for what she is already interested in
(3) because science competitions are a factor in private school scholarships
(4) because science is amazing. Since the enlightenment we have questioned and measured our world and this has lead to longer and more comfortable, and more enjoyable lives.
Note: I need to put this up due to the rules of this site. I’m fine with answers that disagree with the premise of this question.