A Sci High tradition, all students are required to complete a science fair project every year as part of their science course. Students then compete at a school wide science fair held in the fall that is judged by local university faculty and students. The best then progress to the Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair competition.
Students who participate in science competitions get valuable practice in communicating their work. Because independent research is personally driven, students can feel isolated in their work, or like no one understands the project they’ve spent so much time and effort on. By talking to other students and adults about their work they gain confidence. Students are inspired by the work of other students and can be motivated to continue their work or to explore new areas of research. Having a positive, caring and open environment can be an important first step towards a STEM career.