Our school has a science fair every year, and since I'm basically the main science teacher I'm the lucky one who has to deal with everything. This year they've decided that only 1st-6th grade will do the science fair and the 7th-9th graders will do a separate project. Cool. Last year I noticed that about 95% of the younger kids had parents do their project for them (which drives me CRAZY) even though almost every day I told them not to do that. And most of the projects were research projects, not so much scientific method projects. This year, I was also told I have to give them class time to complete the project. Which totally pisses me off since I only have the kids for two 80 minute classes a week. I'm still going to fight this because it sounds like a disaster in the making (only some kids bringing stuff to work on, taking up too much time to set up & clean up, where to keep the supplies, etc ) Does anyone have any ideas on how to improve the science fair? I feel like the science fair is basically a huge waste of time, the kids don't like it either. I would much rather have the kids do a project based on something we were doing in the class. Should I allow them to do research projects?