Through my experiences on both sides of mentorship – mentee and mentor – I can confidently say that the most valuable element of an effective mentor has more to do with the mentor’s genuine mindset – the core of where they are coming from and their perceived purpose as a mentor. It is that mindset that subsequently shapes the mentors actions, which defines their effectiveness as a mentor.
Keep in mind that not all children have access to support at home during their Science & Engineering Fair projects. If a student doesn’t have any adult support and they participate in fair, then it is easy for them to feel incapable when compared to other students who have access to necessary support and tools.
After your child has completed their project, they can be sure that they’ve had a successful Science & Engineering Fair experience if they can honestly say they enjoyed the experience and feel confident and proud of what they did.
You can find science in just about everything around you! Scientists study questions they have about the world around them, while engineers use their knowledge of science to make improvements to things. So there are very few things that scientists don’t study and what engineers can’t try to design.