Book and Science Fairs are regarded as excellent ways to motivate students, to provide a constructive outlet for youthful energy and enthusiasm, to build student's confidence in themselves, to cultivate parent pride in their youngsters, and to promote public interest in the school. Other benefits accrue from contacts with students from other schools, by exchanging knowledge, sharing experiences, etc.
Teachers are cautioned to prevent to the greatest possible degree the nature of an exhibit from reflecting the economic status of the student's family, or the use without acknowledgement of equipment made available through a parent's connection with a business or other agency. Effort should be exerted to see that each exhibit is the result of student effort to a major degree.
When Phoenix serves as host school for a science fair, every effort shall be made to assist visiting schools through the loan of large equipment, though the visiting school must assume responsibility for the preservation and safety of such loaned equipment. Visiting schools should be expected to furnish their own small, easily transported equipment such as test tubes, extension cords and the like.
Generally, awards for "best exhibit" should be avoided. However, a certificate for each student attesting to his/her participation is encouraged.
Adoption date: January 1, 1993