“I want you to know that you are the key to our success. You’re going to be able to find a job because there’s going to be a great advantage for the skills you’re learning. So you should all be extraordinarily proud of the work you’re doing.”
– President Obama, addressing the 2011 New York City Science Fair participants
Why participate in a science research?
You have homework, Regents, AP exams, after school programs, friends, family … you’re busy. Why add to the list of demands on your time?
In the words of an Intel ISEF (the biggest fair in the WORLD):
“Don’t participate in science fairs for the awards. Don’t do science for the recognition. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else and don’t force yourself to do it. Do it because you love it and because you can make a difference. Help your community and contribute to society. Learn through your experiences and discover the world around you. Such is the true reward of science.”
In the words of our science department: Science fair projects open up new avenues of opportunity. Form lasting professional relationships with friends and working scientists. Learn through real world research and experimentation. Learn because you want to, because it’s something you want to, not because some adult told you to!
Here’s a link to the New York City Science and Engineering Fair for more information on the city’s largest science research competition: http://nycsef.cuny.edu/
You may download this to learn more about the various opportunities in science research that exist: Science Outreach Brochure