Cora Beth Abel, Executive Director of the Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair, recently shared her perspective on the value and challenges of science fairs with Heather Goldstone of WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR station.
During the nearly half-hour-long interview, Abel emphasized the importance of mentors in the science fair process. "Scientists can really help a student experience and understand how 'real' science gets accomplished," she said. "The student gets to 'own' the research project and will probably have to overcome some obstacles, which demands curiosity. Science fair projects are more relevant than ever before given our high-stakes innovation economy." MSSEF's Curious Minds initiative takes a multi-pronged approach to... Read More