About the Film:
Hailed by critics as “immensely likeable,” “brilliant and quirky” and an “ode to the teenage science geeks on whom our future depends,” and winner of the audience award at Sundance and SXSW, National Geographic Documentary Films’ SCIENCE FAIR follows nine high school students from around the globe as they navigate rivalries, setbacks and, of course, hormones, on their journey to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair. As 1,700 of the smartest, quirkiest teens from 78 different countries face off, only one will be named Best in Fair.
The film, from Fusion and Muck Media and directed by the duPont Award-winning and Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaking team of Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster, offers a front seat to the victories, defeats and motivations of an incredible group of young men and women who are on a path to change their lives, and the world, through science.
There will be a panel discussion after the Dec. 11 screening.
-Dr. Harold Clark is Senior Director for STEM Learning and Community at the Rochester Museum and Science Center where the regional Science & Engineering Fair for Monroe and 8 other counties will be held March 16, 2019. He judged many science fairs in his previous position with the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey and has a passion for engaging young people in STEM. A former research engineer at AT&T/Lucent Bell Laboratories, he's been in the museum education field for 16 years.
-Gail M. Seigel is a charter member of the Rochester NY March for Science, serving as co-chair of the Speaker Committee and as Diversity Officer of the organization. Gail received a B.S. degree from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. from Albany Medical College, with postdoctoral studies in Neuroscience at the University of Rochester. She is currently a faculty member at SUNY Buffalo, running a research lab that studies retinoblastoma, an eye tumor of childhood. Gail joined the ROC-MFS team to help promote scientific awareness in our community and highlight the importance of federal funding support for biomedical research.
- Mary Eileen Wood is a science fair mom who passes it forward by launching new science fairs and consulting from the local to international levels of competition, a nonprofit director who connects the child within us to the delight of exploring science and engineering, and a Trekkie who saw "The Trouble with Tribbles" the first time it aired!
- Grayson Lenhard is a 2017 ISEF finalist and sophomore physics major at the University of Rochester. He has participated in several fairs over the years, and was a junior judge for TRFSEF last spring. He enjoys learning and passing his knowledge and love of science onto others and hopes to work in astronomy or physics research or public science education after he graduates.