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Coastal Georgia Reverse Science Fair

What is a reverse science fair?

A reverse science fair is a research symposium for local graduate and undergraduate college students, where visiting high school students will get in-depth exposure to science by participating as judges for their presentations. Based on the results, there will be awards for the winning presentations. 

  • First place will win $1000*

  • Second place will win $500

  • Third place will win $250

*The mentor & project of the first place presenter will be mentioned in an published in a scientific magazine (TBA).

This will be a great opportunity to share your research with the community! The event will include educational presentations, professional development workshops, and a keynote speaker! The event is free and open to the public.

There are also benefits for high school students! The volunteer judges will also have a chance to win a prize by entering into our raffles to win a brand new TI84 Plus! The Journal of Chemical Education publication, A Reverse Science Fair that Connects High School Students with University Researchers, also shows that 70-80% of the high school students agreed the event increased their understanding of the scientific process. Benefits included learning how to effectively communicate their projects, how to develop an original research question, the importance of representing data in different ways, and how to draw conclusions from data. The CGRSF will also be able to foster the high school student's interest in pursuing science. In the study, 40% of the high school students showed increased interest in their science fair projects, and 50% showed interest in laboratory research.

DESCRIPTIONS of Presentation Options:

-Poster presentation:

The presenter will provide a research poster 48w X 36h, and it will be attached to the supplied poster board on site. With the poster, the presenter will describe the main scientific question and findings of their research project.

-5 Minute Elevator Pitch:

The presenter will present a 5-minute pitch that encompasses the main idea and findings of their research project. For this presentation type, a poster is not permitted. Though, the presenter may bring data printouts to attach to their supplied board to reference throughout their pitch. On their assigned poster board, it is required they, at minimal, attach a banner with their research title.

Reference 1. Mernoff, B.; Aldous, A. R.; Wassio, N. A.; Kritzer, J. A.; Sykes, E. C. H.; O'Hagan, K. A Reverse Science Fair that Connects High School Students with University Researchers. J. Chem. Educ. [online]. 2019 https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.jchemed.6b00111 (accessed Jan 16, 2020).

Location: Southwest Chatham Library
Date: November 21st, 2020,
10:30 am to 3:45 pm
ABSTRACTS DUE BY November 1st 2020


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