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Sizing Up Science Competitions: Guidelines for choosing a science contest for students

Science and Children—September 1999

Each fall, teachers receive many packets in the mail announcing exciting science contests for students. Because many of these contests promise prizes, trips, and awards for winning students and their teachers, it is tempting for teachers to try to enter each contest. But the whole process can be overwhelming. If you feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of science competitions cluttering your desk, read on to find out how to determine which competition will be best for your students.
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