The Beauty of the Science Fair
Everyone speaks of ‘the good old days.’ Whether they are talking about better movies, easier times, a world where families once sat around the dinner table every night and spoke (without cell phones to stare at) – there are all kinds of conversations about what was good ‘then.’ But both good and bad come with the evolution of all things. And there is one event/practice out there that is still a part of the “good, old days” but also has brought a whole lot of cool things to the table as time has moved forward.
The education system will always spark debates, but this event is one thing that I used to do in school, my mother and father before me, and something my daughter is still able to be a part of that is completely awesome. And even more so nowadays because of how many new concepts and discoveries have come to be. We are talking about the Science Fair.
The very first American National Science Fair was held back in 1950 in the state of Pennsylvania. It was there that an eighteen-year-old by the name of Alan J. Fletcher won first-place by offering up a demonstration of the laws of motion. Now over time, science fairs have become monumental, with award winners going on to become massive business and technology professionals. And discoveries just keep on coming; from cell changes to robotics, research projects that kids are taking on have grown to Einstein status.
There are also projects that should be looked upon that deal with the changes in our ‘green’ society; the protection of wildlife and the revitalization of ecosystems are topics becoming more and more popular in the 21st Century. So if you decide to go in that direction to make your ultimate science fair project, it’s important to remember certain rules to follow when you’re out and about in the environment. Never leave trash behind; the location you study should look just as good when you leave as when you first discovered it. If looking for the animals to study, don’t try to pick them up or disturb their habitats. Look for tracks, nests, etc. and listen for howls or bird calls. And if you choose a larger animal, be sure that every safety precaution is used to guarantee that both you and the animal will be just fine.
Birds are a big subject when it comes to the science fair. There are millions of varieties and can be found extremely easily by the young explorer. There are also students who are still into the ‘insect’ world. Although, one thing that also still remains in 2015 is the fun that comes from dropping an insect down the back of your pal’s shirt. There are also projects to consider in the fields of air quality, new energy sources, water revitalization, and more – a ton of subjects that effect all our lives.
No matter what wildlife or ecosystem project you happen to choose, just remember what the bottom line is: there are six million of us who inhabit the earth right now, and we must do our very best to get along with our animal friends and keep the earth as healthy as possible for both of us to enjoy.
Never take that Science Fair for granted. Who knows? You may just be the next explorer to uncover a brand new species, or a never-before-thought-about idea that will clean the air, water, or even…save the world!