When my boys were in public school (Grades 4-8), they were required to produce a science fair project each year in early Spring. I always pushed my kids to do their best whenever it came to school projects, and it paid off because they each ended up moving on to the school district’s science fair competition on more than one occasion. At these competitions, the best projects were picked from each of the schools in the district to compete for medals and special awards. The top winner each year was then sent to a Canada wide competition. Bryan and Daniel never made it to the Canada level (the ones who did were geniuses, I think, because their projects were mind blowing), but they did come home with medals each year. It was an excellent experience for them to be in these competitions because they were formally judged (one on one) and had to be able to speak knowledgeably about their topic and answer questions. I could never had done that at such a young age!!
The best part about competition day was the special activities that the kids were able to take part in when they weren’t being judged, as half were judged in the morning and half in the afternoon. The favourite for my boys was when they were taken to see an interactive reptile show, which consisted mostly of different types of snakes. There was even a 6 foot boa constrictor which we all got to hold, and it was a truly amazing experience. Yes, I said all of us because I always went along so that I was there for the award ceremonies at the end of the day, and yes I held the boa constrictor, and it was really, really heavy but not slimy at all! I believe this is a photo of the 6 foot boa, but there were smaller ones as well, so I’m not 100% sure. All I know is that this is an incredible creature, and I love the colours and patterns of his skin.