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Why Science Fairs are Important!

In today’s busy world, any school project assigned to a student needs to prove its usefulness. Perhaps not surprisingly, working on a science fair project is one of the most beneficial experiences to students of all academic backgrounds.

Recently, there have some success stories from science fairs across Canada. For instance, Aidan Aird, 15, has won four consecutive gold medals at the York Region Sci-Tech Fair. He is going on to compete at the Canada Wide Science Fair in New Brunswick in early May. Joining him are many other students, notably Saanich, British Columbia scientist, Nathan Kuehne.

“The 17-year-old Grade 11 student at Glenlyon Norfolk School is now taking his project, a home-diagnostic for the rare condition – officially known as a Phenylalanine Self-Diagnostic Test for Phenylketonuria (PKU) Patients,” says a recent Peninsula News Review article.

These students show that if taken seriously, science fair projects can be an excellent way to qualify for scholarships, distinguish a post-secondary education application or even win significant prizes.

What makes a science fair project from a learning experience point of view is that it involves much more than just science and math skills. Both library and Internet research skills are involved in the beginning stages and the lengthy report hones student’s writing. Add in the presentation skills required when students have to prepare their display boards and discuss their projects with judges and you have a well-rounded assignment.

Of course, learning about science is at the heart of a science fair project. These fairs are a great way for students to become more knowledgeable about how the world around them works and share that passion with their peers.

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Bruce McAskill Bruce McAskill, PhD, is an educational consultant and a high school math and science teacher in Victoria BC. He is currently developing solution sets in his spare time for more textbooks!