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 Student of the Week offers schools the chance to celebrate teens who have placed in an art, dance or music competition, excelled in a science fair, won an essay contest, received a scholarship, were recognized for their volunteer service or have shined in some other way. Marcus Reichley, The Arizona Republic, 8 Apr. 2024 Adams Morgan’s super-science gift shop Because Science is hosting a weekend-long science fair that allows kids (and parents) to drop in to participate in free, hands-on experiments that last an hour or two. Fritz Hahn, Washington Post, 29 Feb. 2024 The setup makes the series feel almost like a traveling science fair experiment. Gregory Leporati, Ars Technica, 16 Dec. 2023 The film was for National History Day, which is an academic contest (like a science fair but for history). Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Jan. 2024 But under a stoic exterior, Jeffrey Wright, who plays General Grif Gibson, the top U.S. military representative at a kind of science fair known as Asteroid Day, burns with joyful and poetic fire. Ian Crouch, The New Yorker, 24 Nov. 2023 In a blog post Wednesday, Google outlined the potential uses among teens, highlighting prompts such as how to write a class president speech and science fair project ideas. Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Nov. 2023 The now 12-year-old student from Eagle Mountain, Utah, started working on the project in October 2021 as part of her elementary school’s science fair. Jacquelyne Germain, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Dec. 2022 The Magic of Science Fair and Family Festival 2023 includes a regional science fair for middle school students beginning at 8 a.m. and culminates with an awards ceremony at 3 p.m. The Family Festival, Carnival of Science, is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Katia Parks, Baltimore Sun, 6 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of science fair was in 1930

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“Science fair.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

science fair

: an exhibition of science projects typically prepared and presented by schoolchildren
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