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New Haven Students Improving the World with Science

How does what we drink affect our teeth? Does New Haven have good drinking water? How can we prevent germs? How does rain fall from clouds? How can we have a lead-free future? The answers to these questions and many others will be on display over the next few days via New Haven’s virtual citywide science fair at

Public viewing of the online project materials, via the “Showcase”, will be available starting at 2 pm on Wednesday, May 18th. Awards will be picked up/delivered to schools following the awards announcements.

Student projects, consisting of a presentation, lab notebook and research paper, will be examined by judges using the zfair online platform on Tuesday, May 17th. Student interviews will be conducted by the judges, monitored by teachers and staff, on Wednesday, May 18th between 10am and 1:30 pm. Projects this year reflect current events about health issues, student learning, technology, the natural world, and the environment, as well as students’ own interests.

Typically, more than 7,600 public school students from three-year-olds in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade participate every year—with nearly 110 projects from 39 schools--to explain the science behind their projects for judges on May 17 and 18. In the first round, students prepare and present projects at their schools, with younger grades working together as a class and older students working in small groups or individually. Each school selected the projects that will be on display.

The New Haven Science Fair started in 1995 with participation by seven public schools. In the years since, it has expanded to include almost all of the schools in the system. The goal of the Science Fair is to work with children and their teachers at all grade levels, helping them carry out investigative, hands-on projects that will promote skills in critical thinking and communication. More than 70 mentors worked with the students on projects, and nearly 170 judges from local universities, corporations, non-profit agencies and the community will be evaluating the projects. In addition, numerous schools held Family Science Nights throughout the year to engage parents and the community.

The students will be recognized during an awards announcement after Thursday, May19th, with the online link on the same site, More than 40 first, second and third place awards will be given, as well as more than 20 special awards sponsored by local organizations and individuals.

The New Haven Science Fair program is a partnership involving businesses, universities, associations, foundations, and private citizens, working with the New Haven Public Schools’ teachers, students and administrators, and the students’ parents. Funding for the 2022 Fair comes from Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Boehringer Ingelheim (BI Cares Foundation), The Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, Southern Connecticut State University, ManufaCTure, NEWALLIANCE Foundation, New Haven Public Schools, Pfizer Inc., Science Park Development Corporation, Target, Yale University-Office of New Haven & State Affairs, and Pathways to Science, the Watershed Fund, Liberty Bank Foundation, Ancera Corporation and various donors through the Great Give.

THANK YOU TO THE NEW HAVEN SCIENCE FAIR STEERING COMMITTEE, Jack Crane, Project Director, New Haven Science Fair Program, Melanie Bauer, Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Christine Broadbridge, SCSU, Maureen Coelho, Program Consultant, New Haven Science Fair Program, Giuliana Diglio Prior, Family Science Night Coordinator,  Christin Arnini, Mentor Coordinator, New Haven Science Fair Program, Claudia Merson, Director of Public School Partnerships at Yale, Dr. Maria Parente, Coordinator for Community Programs in Science at Yale, Dr. Richard Therrien, NHPS K-12 Science Supervisor.

The New Haven Science Fair Program is administered by Greater New Haven  Chamber of Commerce 900 Chapel Street, 10th Floor, New Haven, CT 06510 Phone 203-782-4334 Fax: 203-782-4329 |,, Garrett F. Sheehan, President, GNHCC

New Haven Public Schools is committed to providing cutting edge STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs and curriculum in order to prepare students for further education and careers. We believe that all kids can learn, achieve, and rise to a bright future. New Haven Schools and the Science Fair Program help empower students to achieve success in college, career and life through purposeful, supportive and meaningful learning experiences. Our purpose is to provide an outstanding education that extends beyond graduation and prepares our students to be the next generation of leaders, innovators and problem-solvers.