Student participation in science fairs, a source of scientific talent for generations is on the decline. “Science fairs develop skills that reach down to everybody’s lives, whether you want to be a scientist or not,” said Michele Glidden, a director at Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit group that administers 350 regional fairs whose winners attend Intel’s International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest high school competition. “The point is to breed science-minded citizens.”  Is the focus on test scores to blame for the decline in student participation? Read Full Article at the New York Times.


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