"Create a dialogue," recommends Adam Osborn, a history teacher at Boys' Latin School. "Ask, 'Why is this science project important?' Show a child that we're going to put everything we have into this project — not just do it once, haphazardly, six hours before it's due. Create a schedule. If you have four weeks to complete something, sit down with your son or daughter and schedule meetings, a first draft, proofreading. For a parent to model that professional approach can be a really cool experience."