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So What Can I Get Out of a Science Fair Project Besides a Good Grade?

at the fairDiscover Something Cool…If you pick a topic that you are truly interested in, you’ll always learn something new and have fun doing it.  If it’s a topic you are passionate about, the project won’t seem like work – it will be something you look forward to working on. You’ll also be doing real research in the real world, sometimes resulting in important discoveries.  Some students find a project so interesting that they continue to work on a different aspect of the problem for several years, becoming a skilled investigator as time goes on. Occasionally, a project becomes the focus for a whole career – how cool is that?

chem studentsDevelop New Skills… When you practice the skills of investigation, experimentation and invention, you’ll become better at all your science classes. These days, science is not done in an ivory tower by a lone scientist – collaboration is the key and you will enhance your ability to work with other students or researchers.  Since a science project is interdisciplinary, you’ll also have a chance to hone your reading and writing skills, gain confidence in public speaking, get better at mathematical analysis and play with the latest computer technologies.  You’ll get to use all your creative skills in designing a clear and engaging science fair display that will show your passion for your topic. The benefits of your project go way beyond learning science. You’ll become more mature, more organized, and more confident.

Heaven Williams, Crawford Academy – Second Place, Engineering Applications (Jr)

Win Awards and Prizes… You may be looking for that ‘A’ in class and a nice award to frame but there is so much more a well thought out and executed project can give you!   If you take that project to a District, Regional, State or even International level, you have a chance to receive cash prizes, recognition, summer science expeditions and even scholarships. Simply being accepted to a regional fair makes you a better bet for college admission and should go on your college application.


How We Can Help… A successful science fair project does not have to be expensive or even terribly time-consuming. However, it does require some planning and careful thought. Projects become frustrating to students, parents and teachers when they are left to the last minute and thus don’t have the chance to be as good as they possibly can. You can’t rush good science!  To help you to choose, design, experiment, analyze and display your research, the Science Fair has specific resource pages that will take you through the process step by step.