Science Fairs 2.0

27:42 minutes

The science fair is a nearly century-old rite of passage for students. What role does the traditional science fair play in the digital age? How can these competitions be reworked to include broader participation and encourage students, and teachers, to explore hands-on learning?

Segment Guests

Mary Lou Jepsen

Mary Lou Jepsen was a judge at the Google Science Fair and head of the display division at Google X in Mountain View, California.

Peter Rillero

Peter Rillero is an associate professor in science education at Arizona State University in Phoenix, Arizona.

Michele Glidden

Michele Glidden is director of science education programs at the Society for Science and the Public in Washington, D.C.

Ann Makosinski

Ann Makosinski was a finalist in the Google Science Fair, and a Grade 10 student at St. Michael’s University School in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Meet the Producer

About Alexa Lim

Alexa Lim is Science Friday’s associate producer. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.