I have just spent four hours helping my son with his science fair project - mostly through motivational speaking, with occasional bouts of sighing. In this quadrant of snoburbia, science fair projects are a serious affair - for parents. Some of my son's classmates' parents are scientists at National Institutes of Health or at one of the genetics companies in the area. Or they're just lawyers.
Even in fifth grade, you should see the projects these kids come up with.
Then there's high school. Here were the titles of a few of the Science Montgomery high school contest winners from last year: "Validation Of Parabolic Ion Trap Geometries For Application Within Quantum Computing," "Decycling Densities Of Tessellations," and "Investigation Of Nano-structured Super-hydrophobic Coating On Structural Substrates."
My kid's project: "Comparing the bounciness of balls of different materials."