ERIC Number: ED395793
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Dec
The Science Fair Experience: Profile of Science Fair Winners.
Bellipanni, Lawrence J.
The purpose of this investigation was to determine if a significant relationship existed between the criterion variable of receiving or not receiving awards at the 1993 International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and the predictor variables of resources and facilities, resource personnel, personal costs, time, and personal characteristics. Data was collected from students (N=829) from grades 9-12 who attended the ISEF. Results indicate that there was a significant relationship between the criterion of whether a participant won or did not win and the composite set of predictor variables. Further analyses were conducted to examine the independent contributions of individual sets of predictors labeled as resources and facilities, resource personnel, personal costs, and personal characteristics. The aggregated resources or facilities variable was found to be significantly related to the criterion of whether participants did or did not win an award. Findings indicate numerous differences between winners and nonwinners in the use of facilities. Nonwinners made significantly more use of high school labs and parents' or friends' personal shops. Winners made significantly more use of parents' or friends' businesses, medical schools, and other research facilities. (JRH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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