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Chapter 5: A Job Not Worth Doing Is Not Worth Doing Well What Are the Attributes of Projects That Help Instill Creativity?
A Job Not Worth Doing Is Not Worth Doing Well What Are the Attributes of Projects That Help Instill Creativity?
1. What do you love?
2. What are you good at?
3. What do you want to change?
Google’s online Science Fair program asks students to consider the three questions above when choosing a project. The science fair’s judging criteria include
- Inspirational entry or idea—does it really stand out?
- Capacity to make an impact—could the science demonstrated make a difference to the world around us?
- Passion for science—would you be a good role model for other young scientists?[Page 48]
- Excellence of method—have you demonstrated real skill in their science/engineering planning and implementation of their experiment(s)?
- Communication skills—enthusiasm, clarity, confidence, effective use of media, diagrams, and Google tools.
Google, I like these questions ...