What is the role of a parent (or mentor) in the student's project?

At a minimum, a parent of a high school student must sign a form (1B) giving their approval of the project BEFORE experimentation/data collection starts. Any further role for the parent depends on the student, the parent and the project. Parents can also be adult sponsors or mentors depending on their area of expertise. There is always a concern that the project is the parent's, not the student's. The most important thing is that the student is learning science and engineering problem solving.  Judges will look for the total creative input of the student.  In all cases, the student should understand and be able to discuss all aspects of the project. Projects that are so technical that creative input and understanding aren't possible for the particular student really aren't appropriate.

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