Principia Juicybeanica
January 25, 2010 7:50 PM   Subscribe

Where do science fairs come from?

That is, when and where did this educational tradition originate, and why? I'm an English teacher in Chicago, and though I've certainly seen "fairs" (i.e. gatherings of student projects displayed on tri-fold foam core boards) in multiple disciplines, this is definitely a ritual we associate with science. Does anybody know how this competitive display tradition originated, and why it is dominated by science students?
posted by HeroZero to Education (5 answers total)
Question inspired by this oldie-but-goodie.
posted by HeroZero at 7:51 PM on January 25, 2010

Did you try here?
posted by birdherder at 7:57 PM on January 25, 2010

Well that's embarrassing.
posted by HeroZero at 7:57 PM on January 25, 2010

I would assume that they are modeled on the poster presentations at scientific meetings.
posted by hydropsyche at 7:59 PM on January 25, 2010

A neat article from a 1954 Popular Science: Young Scientists Win What They Want
posted by smackfu at 8:10 PM on January 25, 2010

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