September 30, 2009

"In time you can turn these obsessions into careers"

The quote is from philosopher Elvis Costello. Children's book author Karen Romano Young used it in her post about her science fair books over at the I.N.K. blog. Her apparently radical idea is to have science fair projects that kids are actually interested in. Instead of pulling a project out of the equivalent of a cookbook and duplicating a recipe, she promotes the idea of following interests and personal curiosity and turning those authentic interests into science fair projects. The first books in the series is Crime Scene Science and Bug Science will be followed in the spring by Junkyard Science and Sibling Science. They sound awesome--check 'em out!