Recently, The New York Times published an article about the difficulties local science fairs have had securing funding to support their events. Some of the funding woes stem from state budget cuts whereas others result from sponsors no longer being able to provide support.
Science fairs, in my opinion, are highly valuable experiences for bright young students to begin to develop an appreciation for science and technology as they test their own hypotheses. I have had the privilege of judging numerous student presentations at local science fairs and have always been impressed by their creative project ideas. Many of these students end up in top notch institutions where they are offered scholarships to help nurture their interests and are able to work with leading scientists. In this capacity, they have entered the pipeline to becoming future scientists, physicians, and other important contributors to society. Where would the future of science and technology be without the encouragement of these youth and the support of science fairs?
Source: The New York Times