New Haven Science Fair Program
The New Haven Science Fair Program is committed to making learning both meaningful and enjoyable by using hands-on science as a vehicle for answering questions that a curious person might have about the world around him or her. The program, which is administered by The Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, also helps to promote science literacy and critical thinking.
The goal of the Science Fair is to encourage participants to develop a level of competence for making scientific inquiries and to spark interest in pursuing a STEM career (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics). The Program has now expanded to include almost all of the schools in the New Haven School system.
The Science Fair’s goal is to work with children and their teachers at all grade levels, helping them carry out investigative, hands-on projects that will promote skills in critical thinking and communication. The program is ongoing during the school year with various events such as:
- Family Science Nights at 10 select schools to involve the students and parents in a fun, hands-on science experiment for Grades 3-5
- The Mentor program which pairs mentors with teachers to work with student(s) in an individual or classroom setting.
More than 8,000 students from Pre-K through Grade 12 participate annually, with nearly 700 students on-hand to explain the science behind their 260 projects. In 2012, more than 60 mentors worked with the students on projects, and nearly 170 judges from local universities, corporations, non-profit agencies and the community evaluated the Science Fair projects. Chamber members are encouraged to volunteer for Family Science Nights, in the mentor program or as a judge. We can work with your schedule.