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OC HIGH: STUDENT NEWS AND VIEWS : A Better Fair?

August 12, 1994| Associated Press

Love them or hate them, we've all been through our share of science fairs, with everything from erupting volcanoes to pumping plastic hearts. But how much science is in a science fair?

F. James Rutherford, director of Project 2061 for the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science, said students get "engrossed, putting together the elements of a contest. . . . But many times when you look at what the kids actually do, you realize that somehow or other the science gets lost."

They'll learn more if schools allow the students to simply explain their projects to one another, he said.

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