For homeschool students the summer is the ideal time to enhance their science skills by entering science based competitions. It could be essay competitions, or ones which involve actual working models. You don’t have to even travel physically to a specific location if you participate in the number of virtual science fairs run by certain organizations. Go through the list of science fairs that you can find online. Pick the one that appeals to you best and enter the competition.
A cursory search I made threw up ten international science fairs, and a couple of hundred state, regional and local science fairs in the United States of America. No matter which state you reside in there is some science fair that you can take part in. Either in person or virtually. The general outlook of most of the fairs is to make the children learn more about how science works and to encourage them to take up future careers in the scientific field. The awards and competitions serve as a major motivating factor for this.
Homeschooling students who do not live in America need not fear. There are science competitions both of national and international stature in most countries. In Australia The Science Talent Search is an annual, science based competition open to all primary and secondary students in the state of Victoria. Others in teh country and not in the state of Victoria can take part in the Great Australian Science Show. Neighboring New Zealand has the Realise the Dream competition. The science based fun is not all restricted to down under.
If you live in Canada you can enter the Youth Science Foundation Canada’s competition or try the annual Canada Wide Science Fair.In Europe you can participate in the Contest for Young Scientists in the European Union. There are also country specific science fairs such as the Expo – Sciences in Belgium, the Jugend forscht in Germany, the Esat BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in Ireland and the Young Physicists’ Tournament in Austria. Most of the science fair competitions have a fairly strict set of regulations so make sure that you follow them all in order to qualify for the competition.