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Science Fair

Directed by Cristina Costantini & Darren Foster
US, Documentary, 2017, 90 mins., in English, Portuguese, and German w/ English subtitles

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.
directors in attendance, program concludes no later than 2pm)

New Location: Regal Fox Tower, 846 SW Park Avenue at Taylor


Themes & Subjects: Science/Technology, Education, Youth Competition

Synopsis: Every year, over 1,700 students from 75 countries compete in the annual International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), a highly competitive showcase of the world’s top young scientific minds. Selected from millions of qualifying students, these finalists compete for the coveted top prize that, as one previous winner explains, “will change your life in ways you won’t even comprehend.” Science Fair follows one mentor and nine students from around the world as they prepare their projects and team for the 2017 ISEF event in Los Angeles. Though all are participating for the love of science, we learn that each have other motivations that drive them to pursue their dreams.


Resources for teachers:

Watch the official trailer.

Official website International Science and Engineering Fair.

Portland State University Study “Evaluation of a High School Science Fair Program for promoting Successful Inquiry-based Learning.”

Forbes article “STEM Fields And The Gender Gap: Where Are The Women?“.

Video interview with directors Cristina Costantini & Darren Foster.



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