I love to make films about people who are passionate about their work and are striving to achieve difficult goals. The science teachers in ‘Uncontrolled Variables’ are wonderful examples of educators who believe that the best way to teach science is to give students the opportunity to do it.
— Producer Dale Carpenter
Through the work of actively involved teachers who are very supportive of science fair, this hour-long documentary shows how dedication and direct application of educational concepts has led to success both in the classrooms and in establishing a record of success at the national level.
Although Alma High School (more than 1,000 students), rural Alpena High School (more than 250 students) and urban charter school Haas Hall Academy (more than 300 students) vary greatly in size and location, each displays a level of enthusiasm that has challenged and propelled students. The science fairs serves as a valuable component of a curriculum designed to develop scientific literacy in all students — including understanding basic scientific principles and appreciating how science works.
Science Fairs’ Evolution
Created during the Cold War period of the 1950s, science fairs were seen as a way to bolster national defense and economic competitiveness by identifying and encouraging the country’s most promising young scientists.