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Study Suggests Real Value in Students' Out-of-School Science Projects

A new study out of the University of Virginia suggests that participating in science fairs and other STEM-focused out-of-school activities influences students' course of study in college.  Recent news has lamented the lack of students pursuing STEM fields in college. The UVA study suggests a reason. Its lead author, Katherine Dabney (pictured here) notes, "Students may not be developing a strong interest in science and mathematics simply because they have not been exposed to these disciplines in such a manner that engages and encourages their interest."

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