Credits: 2009 Science Fair Winner Brookhaven National Laboratory

Science Fairs, a source of pride and accomplishment for many scientists.  I look back fondly on the many hours, days and months  I spent preparing for science fairs to showcase a new electrical device and my knowledge of how solve a physics, biology or chemistry problem. “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.”

Preparing and inspiring more students to participate in science fairs is a core mission at WHY SCIENCE.  According to results reported in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study released in late 2008, average science performance in the United States has essentially been the same for more than a decade while other countries demonstrate steady increases in performance. WHY SCIENCE is reversing this trend by providing educational media (training programs, films and learning games) to ignite a passion for science, increase teacher confidence in teaching science and student achievement.

About 500 middle and high school students are showcasing their science projects at the 2011 Connecticut Science Fair March 15-19 in the Burt Kahn Court on the Mount Carmel Campus.  More than 120 schools and two regional fairs send students to our state fair. More than 13,000 students in Connecticut and several bordering New York state towns compete for the 500 spaces at the state fair. Please show your support for our students by attending the event. Click here to learn more about the event


1. Connecticut State Science Fair

2. The Office of Educational Programs Elementary Science Fair


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