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Science Fair Participation Slips

Science fairParticipation among high school students in science fairs appears to be declining. Ironically, many science teachers fault the Obama administration. Even as the White House promotes science fairs, the administration’s policies hold schools accountable for math and reading scores at the expense of creative science, they say.

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What is a Science Fair?

Science FairA science fair is generally a competition where contestants present their science project results in the form of a report, display board, and models that they have created. Science fairs allow students in grade schools and high schools to compete in science and/or technology activities.

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The History of Science Fairs

Science Fair Set-upScience Fair history began when journalist E.W. Scripps created Science Services as a nonprofit organization in 1921. Through Science Service’s efforts, junior academies of science, museums, and local science clubs throughout the United States were enrolled in Science Clubs of America. As a result over 600,000 young scientists were organized into 25,000 science clubs.

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Feature: Fired Up

Maker FaireThousands throng to Maker Faire, an annual Bay Area celebration of hackers, inventors, and do-it-yourself creators. And now, middle and high school students are joining in. One result: Saphira, an 8 1/2-foot-tall, fire-breathing dragon.

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Google Plans the Ultimate Science Fair

Google in LEGOGoogle has partnered with NASA, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), National Geographic, Scientific American, and LEGO to create a science fair that is intended to be open, inclusive, and global.

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USA Science & Engineering Expo Photos

Robots from FIRST Robotics Spar During a Soccer GameThe USA Science and Engineering Festival culminated in a gigantic Expo on the National Mall. A half-million visitors were kept entertained by the Giant kaleidoscope, robot competitions, explosions, and DIY rockets. Check out our photos of the event.

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Event: Austin, TX Science and Engineering Festival. Oct. 2-24, 2010

Austin Science and Engineering FestivalOrganized by the Mexican American Engineers and Scientists organization, the Austin, Texas Science and Engineering Festival and its multiple events will showcase the science and technology of Texas. It will culminate in a two-day Expo Expo at the Austin Convention Center with over 200 exhibits of hands-on, fun science and engineering activities to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

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Event: USA Science & Engineering Festival

Science and Engineering Festival LogoThe USA Science & Engineering Festival will be the United States’ first national science and engineering festival. The series of events will culminate in a two-day Expo on the National Mall that will give over 500 science & engineering organizations from all over the country the opportunity to present themselves with a hands-on, fun science activity to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

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Engineering Fair: Livermore Nat’l Lab. March 30-April 2

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Make plans to join hundreds of students, their families, and scientists and engineers at the upcoming the Tri-Valley Science and Engineering Fair (TVSEF), in Livermore, California, March 30 — April 2, 2010.

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