science fair


Definition of science fair

: a typically competitive exhibition of science projects usually prepared and presented by schoolchildren

Examples of science fair in a Sentence

She won first place at the science fair.
Recent Examples on the Web Some of his favorite memories, James said, are watching seniors cross the stage at graduation, attending the annual science fair, transforming schools into community learning centers and building new buildings. Robin Goist, cleveland, "Akron superintendent debuts college and career academies for middle schools in final State of the Schools address before retirement," 11 Feb. 2021 Among them: High schoolers will show off genetic analyses at the science fair, and genomic testing at the doctor’s office will become as routine as basic blood work. Megan Molteni, Wired, "30 Years Since the Human Genome Project Began, What’s Next?," 30 Dec. 2020 Kyron’s stepmother, Terri Moulton Horman, took Kyron to school, where the day began with a science fair. oregonlive, "The case of Kyron Horman, Portland boy who disappeared in 2010, explored in ‘Real Life Nightmare’ TV series," 13 Nov. 2020 Virtual events range from an agriculture science fair to a public speaking contest. Marcy De Luna, Chron, "Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo announces plans for 2021 Livestock Show," 5 Nov. 2020 The other was about the school’s annual science fair. Debra Hale-shelton, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | DEBRA HALE-SHELTON: Recalling the past in print," 25 Oct. 2020 A few days before her fifth-grade science fair, Ariangela Kozik awoke to the overwhelming scent of poultry past its due. Katherine J. Wu, New York Times, "Black Microbiologists Push for Visibility Amid a Pandemic," 28 Sep. 2020 My body has already become a giant science fair project., "Fertility Diary: I’m In My 20s & My Partner & I Both Struggle With Fertility," 31 Aug. 2020 The production designers purchased technical gear from Los Alamos for verisimilitude, and Brickman even staged an actual science fair in New York, paying local high school students to participate with their own science projects. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Lest we forget: Mark 75 years of the atomic bomb with the Ars watch list," 10 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of science fair

1930, in the meaning defined above

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19 Feb 2021

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“Science fair.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of science fair

: an event at which science projects created by students are shown and often judged for prizes

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