The George Washington Carver Youth Science Fair

Commemorating Dr. Carver's legacy as a scientist extraordinaire, the youth science fair component has two objectives:

To Cultivate

Future scientist by giving them opportunity to showcasing their talents, skills and creativity

To Motivate

By facilitating dialog between area youth and role models such as college students and actual scientist




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Science fair participation is open to any youth grades K - 12. Participation is usually enacted through the schools, but any youth can register directly by clicking on the image or link above.



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GWC Science Fair the beginning

The science fair was inaugurated by Dr. David Banks May 4, 2013 serving as chairman. The then Miss Tuskegee University Randi L. Harrison served as co-chairman. With the help of area teachers and administrators, the first science fair opened on a rainy day in the Macon County Commission Chamber building with about 45 exhibits. The science fair was well attended with unanimous participation from the university professors who served as judges and university honor students from the Golden Key Society serving as volunteers. From the beginning the George Washington Carver science fair far surpassed its goals and objectives.


5th grade student builds a solar car

Carver impressionist Paxton Williams assisted with motivating the participants and handing out trophies

Participant discusses project with university biochemist


Collaboration between the science fair committee, area schools and the university went a step further. Faculty and students from Tuskegee University University served as volunteers and judges for science fairs in schools around the Macon County area. Some of the youth participants even earned summer internships on the university campus working right along side of actual scientist. and some participants have since earned university scholarships in the area of the sciences.



University faculty with area teachers and administrators


Science Fair 2014

Because of voluminous participation, GWC science fair 2014 had to be moved  to a larger building. With the help of Janet Sullen (soon to become the coordinator) the science fair grew to well over 100 exhibits. Randi Harrison (Miss Tuskegee University 2013 - 2014) continued to assist until her graduation. Many of the judges returned from the previous year and many were added on. Student volunteer continued to assist.


Science fair 2015 was a great success with Janet Sullen serving as coordinator. There were over 250 youth participants, 100% participation from Macon County Schools. University professors and students served as both volunteers and judges. We also enjoyed widespread support from the Tuskegee/Macon County Community. We surpassed goals and objectives.











Sample Topics

  • Effect of color on burn rate
  • Solar Car
  • Plant growth rate in newspaper medium
  • Dissolve rate of multi-vitamins
  • Building a volcano
  • Effect of soil type on peanut growth
  • Charging a cell phone with an onion or lemon
  • Products from peanuts and sweet potatoes
  • Effect of saline on copper
















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