While I chuckled at this, I’m not sure it’s true. Kids are curious creatures. If you brainstorm with them on something to do to explore their curiosity, science fairs can be a lot of fun. A few months ago, for example, I found out my little girl is curious about crystals. We tried different mixtures and different circumstances, and we *both* learned a lot. It’s really a treasured memory.
In my experience, kids are curious right up to the point that you tell them that their curiosity will be graded.
I have definitely been part of positive science fair experiences. But I have also been part of the overambitious concept started much too late to be feasible as well. And so I would definitely not want to generalize that this comical project represents what always happens. And even ones of the sort lamented above, everyone learns the value of not procrastinating…
Most of my experience is from the other side. My mother is a science teacher, and I spent many an afternoon keeping busy as she graded all the science fair projects. For every thoughtful experiment there were usually two baking-soda-and-vinegar volcanoes.
Never bothered my girl. It’s more important — and I said so from the beginning — that she have fun exploring and learn how to explain what she found to anyone interested than the mark she gets. Thankfully, so far, she has teachers who agree.