When Thinking About Science Fair Projects, Fifth Graders Look to a Mentor

The Rashi School’s fifth-grade science fair is a rite of passage for students at the Boston area’s Reform Jewish day school.
Each year, fifth-graders design and complete a science experiment whose results are shared with the rest of the Rashi kehillah (community). All of the work for the science fair is done during the school day, meaning parents aren’t around and aren’t responsible for the project. Instead, Rashi’s fifth-graders work with mentors; sometimes past teachers, sometimes parents of other students, and sometimes even alumni volunteers to mentor the young scientists as they follow the scientific method.

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