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The Connecticut Science Fair provides a yearly, statewide science and engineering fair open to all 7th through 12th grade students residing, or enrolled, in Connecticut schools and several New York towns. Connecticut Science Fair is a charter member of the International Science and Engineering Fair, an activity of the Society for Science & the Public, Washington, D.C. We are an all-volunteer organization, with funds directed to students awards, fair operation, student/teacher workshops, educational presentations, and participation by CSF winners in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Our mission is to interest young people in careers in science and engineering through recognition for their science achievements and by providing opportunities for them to interact with engineers and scientists. Our program starts in the middle school grades to provide science and technology nurturing when students transition from middle school to high school.
Our venue provides a meeting ground for students interested in research, engineering, and mathematics. We stress the formalism of scientific and engineering methods. Strong communication skills are fostered by the science fair through the verbal and written elements of the competition. Over one-hundred school fairs, one regional fair, and two city-wide fairs feed our state fair. More than 15,000 students in Connecticut and several bordering New York state towns compete for the 500 spaces at the state fair. Each year we provide our four top winners with all-expense paid trips to participate in the International Science and Engineering Fair. We work to interest youth in careers in science and engineering through our yearly fair, teacher and student workshops, presentations, web site, and distribution of materials describing the science fair process.
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