Anybody who follows this blog knows that I am not above bragging on my kids. However, this years Science Fair at Woodrow Wilson Academy really got my attention.
Looking back over my life, I don't think I have ever outright won anything that involved competing with my peers in any arena (physical, mental, creativity, etc.). I am certainly proud of my accomplishments and have been on teams that have won leagues. My wife has fared better and fondly recalls her projects advancing to county competitions.
My girls do try really hard and are respectful of their teachers and coaches. I am not banking on an athletic scholarship as they don't enjoy running, cartwheels with straight legs elude them, swimming across the pool is still a challenge. They have participated in a variety of activities such as piano, art club and chess club. They are able to keep up with their assignments in school. But...
This year my 3rd grader won 2nd place in the Earth and Space Science category among 1st through 3rd graders with her project on Water Conservation.
Further, my 1st grader won the Grand Prize for overall best project among 1st through 3rd graders in Medicine and Health Science and Earth and Space Science with her project on Bacteria.
While I am certainly over the top excited, the more important hope is that they develop a lifelong lover of learning and investigation. These wins along the way would make that journey much easier.