The latest issue of Science in School came out online today, and it includes an article I wrote about school science fairs. Science fairs, which are so common in North America, are not at all mainstream in Europe. Most readers of the journal are European science educators, so I tried to explain the benefits of science fairs. While encouraging teachers to organise fairs or let their students participate in an existing fair, I also warned them about the pitfalls. The main issue is time, as all parents and science teachers will be well aware of right around this time of year…
Two reasons why Science in School is a very cool publication:
-all the articles are available online under a Creative Commons license.
-all articles are published with a little review at the end. Publishing reviewers’ comments is a recurring topic in debates about scientific publishing, and it’s neat to see it in action. I was glad to see that I was favourably reviewed, but of course they wouldn’t publish the bad articles!