Acting upon an idea from William Carver Lennard, the science fair was inaugurated in 2013 by Dr. David Banks who served as the science fair first 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.
Celebrating 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.
Science fair participation is open to any youth grades K - 12. Participation is usually enacted through the schools, but any youth can register online by the registration form below.
The science fair involves over 250 youth participants from Macon County and surrounding schools. Area university professors and students serve as both volunteers and judges.. As a result of participating in the science fair, Some of the youth participants have earned summer internships on the university campus working right along side of actual scientist. Some participants have since earned university scholarships in the area of the sciences.