Participating in a science fair is a great way for kids to enhance their research skills and learn what makes things tick. From choosing a topic to understanding the scientific method or from organizing the project to presenting the results, every step is a learning experience.
The Keene Public Library has many programs and resources to help students who are participating in a science fair project. One series of programs, is Science Fair Help Days. On these days, the Keene Public Library invites young water scientists to get extra help with science fair projects. The first Science Fair Help Day will be Wednesday, March 1 at 4 p.m. At this time, Youth Librarian Amy Kraemer will introduce young scientists to the research process and explain how the Keene Public Library can guide students through the entire process.
A good starting place for your research is our Science Fair Projects Pathfinder, which provides resources specifally chosen to help fourth grade science students complete a water project.
Another resource is an Internet-based service that connects students with qualified, experienced science tutors. From any Web-enabled computer at the library or at home, a student can click on the Live Homework Help link from the library’s Web site www.keenepubliclibrary.org and engage in controlled chat with a science expert.
Students and tutors can also work on an interactive white board, share educational Web sites and send files back and forth for a rewarding learning experience. Science tutors are available Monday through Sunday from 1 p.m. through midnight.
“Live Homework Help" tutors can help students with all aspects of their Science Fair project,” said Gail Zachariah, Head of Youth and Community Services. “Tutors can brainstorm ideas for projects based on the students’ interests, and chat with them about what makes a good, safe and practical project. Tutors can also provide guidance on completing their projects, assist in setting the tone or proofreading their final papers and help prepare students for the Fair. This is a free service the library provides and is a great opportunity for students who have never participated in a Science Fair to get started.”
In addition to science tutors, Live Homework Help also has tutors available in math, social studies and English to help with general homework assignments. To access the program, click on the Live Homework Help link on the library’s Web site at www.keenepubliclibrary.org. Anyone can use the service from within the library, but to access the website from home or somewhere outside of the library, a student will need a Keene Public Library card.
The Keene Public Library is located at 60 Winter Street. For more information about these and other library programs and resources, please contact Gail Zachariah at 603-352-0157.