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AFRL - Air Force Science & Engineering Fair Program

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Managed by the WPAFB Educational Outreach Office and the Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, the Air Force Science & Engineering Fair Program offers a unique opportunity for the Air Force to support and encourage achievements of America's youth in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The Science & Engineering Fair Program has three goals:

1. To demonstrate Air Force interest in youth to the community;
2. To recognize and encourage students who are conducting research in areas of interest to the Air Force; and
3. To acquaint students with Air Force career possibilities by providing Air Force visibility to potential future scientists and engineers.

Each year the Air Force Research Laboratory manages the Air Force Science & Engineering Fair Program with extensive involvement of the Air Force Recruiting Service and local recruiters. The Air Force supports approximately 350 regional fairs in the United States and its territories every year during the months of January through April. Science Service, Inc., a non-profit organization, sponsors the fairs. These fairs showcase highly motivated students and exhibit their research projects, sometimes conducted over several years. The methods of research, results, and oral interviews are judged. Winners of each regional fair progress to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held annually in May. Additional information may be obtained at http://www.societyforscience.org.

Under the umbrella of the Science Fair Program, the Air Force also sponsors the Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS). The JSHS is a tri-service program, which supports 47 regional level competitions and a national symposium. The U.S. Army is the lead service for managing the JSHS program. Students participating in the JSHS conduct their own original research presenting it before a team of judges as well as their peers, teachers and audience members. Challenging students to discuss the nature of their scientific inquiry, defend their reasoning, and articulate their specific findings provides a powerful opportunity for each and every student to learn individually and from one another. Additional information on JSHS may be obtained at http://www.jshs.org

Both programs provide high visibility of the Air Force's concern for these bright young people and reach those who are already moving toward scientific and technical fields. Students, instructors, parents, and community members are made aware of the Air Force's continual interest in encouraging students to pursue careers in the STEM disciplines.

For additional information on the Air Force Science & Engineering Fair Program, please contact afrl.wsc@us.af.mil.