By Tim Johnson
We’ve consulted with those in the know and collected advice on how your child can get the most out of her next science-fair project. Reni Barlow, executive director of Youth Science Foundation Canada, the nation’s principal organizer of science fairs, notes that it’s about more than just the prize. “Science-fair projects engage kids by looking at problems that they care about,” he says. Word has it that Canadian astronaut Roberta Bondar credits these projects with opening new horizons and motivating her to pursue a career in science. So when you encourage your kids as they pull things together and get started, keep in mind that the sky may not be the limit.