I remember when I was in elementary school, I always looked forward to science projects. We were told to make volcanoes that erupted goop everywhere. When I saw the goop making its way down my volcano, I got this feeling inside that I succeeded and my idea worked.In eighth grade, my science project was to study the moisture in dirt from a specific area and create a five minute presentation explaining what I observed.That definitely doesn't sound as exciting as an erupting volcano, now does it?
Why is it that science projects get duller as you get older? I'm not saying that an erupting volcano is going to be as exciting to a high school student as a kid in elementary school. But how is studying the moisture in dirt going to boost creativity in a student? Why can't creativity still be displayed in science projects no matter how old you are? Why don't we make science project options the students’choice? It will boost their creativity by having to come up with their own idea and following through.