The Chico Science Fair Foundation’s mission is to support and provide guidance to the Chico Science Fair and ensure the continued availability and vitality of this community-wide celebration of scientific inquiry for the student citizens of Chico, California.
The foundation board, working committees, teachers, and volunteers of the Chico Science Fair are committed to helping our nation stay at the forefront of scientific inquiry and innovation through local involvement. As science and technology become ever more important to our future, the challenge of improving science and technology education in our schools continues to motivate the Chico Science Fair Foundation. For over 20 years the fair has been encouraging students - our future scientists and engineers - to learn about science and the scientific method, to apply that knowledge, and to share their results.
Our goal is to motivate K-12 students to pursue scientific activities by:
* Providing workshops on academic and communication skills, such as conducting independent scientific investigations, analyzing results, writing research papers, and preparing organized displays.
* Providing materials on the scientific method for students, parents, and teachers.
* Providing mentoring for intellectual rigor, creativity, and independence in scientific thinking.
* Providing an annual forum for exhibiting student research projects that demonstrate scientific understanding, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
* Recognizing the efforts of students by honoring the public display of their work, and rewarding excellence in the application of the scientific method.
About the Chico Science Fair
Students from public and private schools in the Chico Unified School District exhibit their science projects in the Chico Science Fair. These projects have demonstrated excellence in a variety of disciplines in the social sciences, natural sciences, physical sciences, and engineering.
· The Chico Science Fair has been held annually since 1984.
· Over 1,000 K-12 students participate each year, exhibiting approximately 500 projects.
· More than 2,000 visitors are welcomed during the 2 ½ days the science projects are on public display.
· Hundreds of volunteers from business, academia, professional and student organizations, and the general public commit their time, efforts, and financial resources to ensure that this opportunity for science education continues.