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Online 2020 Junior Science Fair Launched for Pandemic Impacted Students

September 3, 2020

Crash Test World host and former MythBusters star Kari Byron recently announced the launch of the 2020 Junior Science Fair – the world’s largest online science fair for kids. The virtual event, which is accepting submissions through September 30, showcases kids submitting videos of themselves running science experiments at home. The fair is free to enter and open to anyone between the ages of 4 and 12.

Kari Byron will announce the winners in early October and the sponsor of the fair, science education app creator Tappity, is awarding $20,000 in prizes. “I know a lot of families are spending time at home these days but keeping kids curious and learning about the world around them is as important as ever,” says Byron.

Tappity founder Chadwick Swenson: “I created the Junior Science Fair so that kids around the world who are missing out on important school activities during COVID still have a chance to participate in something fun and educational.  And because the science fair was my absolute favorite part of elementary school. 

“I grew up in Oakland California where I was lucky enough to attend the great public school, Glenview Elementary. Every year, Glenview put on a science fair, and every year, I eagerly imagined what science topic I might tackle. When the day of the fair rolled around, the entire auditorium filled up with literally hundreds of kids and families, all proudly displaying their experiments. Beyond teaching me important scientific concepts, the fair was a way for me to express my creativity, to bond with my family, to engage my imagination, build community, and so much more. “

Chadwick Swenson in front of his 2nd grade science fair project in 1996
Tappity founder Chadwick Swenson

To join the fair, post a video of your experiment on Facebook or Instagram and tag your post with @tappityapp and #juniorsciencefair. Then head over to this form to submit your project. Tappity will either like or comment on your submission to confirm your entry within a few days. To see what families around the globe are creating search #JuniorScienceFair on social media and follow Tappity on Instagram or Facebook.

More information on the 2020 Junior Science Fair is available here:


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