Science fairs are struggling to survive as backers pull funding, reports the New York Times.
Sponsors have dropped out of local science fairs, while some schools are scaling back extracurricular activities, including science programs, because of state budget cuts.
In Missouri, two prominent science fairs in the St. Louis area are having financing problems after losing corporate donations. One California school district did not have a science fair last school year, and Louisiana’s statewide competition was almost canceled last spring.
If the U.S. is going to compete globally in technology, we’ve got to create opportunities for smart kids to compete against each other.