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Finding Help for the Student
Help can come from a mentor who is simply providing advice by email, phone, or in person. Or, it can come in the form of a student actually working in the mentor's laboratory. The more elementry the project, the more likely that you, the teacher, or a parent or relative can provide the necessary mentoring. However, in sophisticated highly technical projects, it is often necessary for a student to have an advisor or mentor who can oversee and basically supervise the project, or provide acess to data from his/her lab.
Whoever the mentor, and at whatever grade level, it cannot be the mentor's project with the student simply working on it. It must be students' project (or a classroome project in K-5), where the students involved conduct the experiment, collect the data, analyze it, and prepare their own abstract and project board. It is often the notebook
that convinces the judge how hard the student really worked on the project.
Often a first good step is to contact the Director of SARSEF
, while the data base is not yet ready for publication, we can help find people willing to advise students.