Encyclopedia of Science Education

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| Editors: Richard Gunstone

Science Fairs

  • G. Michael Bowen
  • John Lawrence Bencze
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6165-0_427-2

Science fairs are events at which students display and discuss investigations they have conducted in areas of science, mathematics, engineering, computer science, and other areas (for instance, in some jurisdictions, psychology-oriented projects are included). Most often, science fairs are competitive events where projects are ranked and prize winners are chosen, although in some jurisdictions (such as the CREST (CREativity in Science and Technology) event in Australia), there are noncompetitive events. Science fairs have a long tradition in many jurisdictions around the world; at a recent international competition event (the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair), there were projects from 70 countries. In the United States, the genesis of science fairs was a science club movement that began in the 1920s, building to 600,000 participants within 20 years. These led to the first National Science Fair in 1950, and over the following decade science fairs gained considerable...


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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mount Saint Vincent UniversityTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education OISEUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada