Agricultural Science Fairs: Are Students Truly Learning from This Activity?
Agriculture Science Fairs are designed to teach youth how agriculture is a part of their lives. A study measured the knowledge change of youth participating in an agricultural science fair in Texas. A pre-test/post-test was administered to 480 participants that revealed an increase in correct responses for nine out of 10 questions. Two scale statements revealed significant increases (p < 0.05) related to thoughts on how agriculture affects everyday life. Teachers were administered an ex-post facto instrument, and results indicated that the activity was a positive learning experience but that specific curriculum should be designed to support the activity.
Boleman, C., & Burrell, F. (2003). Agricultural Science Fairs: Are Students Truly Learning from This Activity?. The Journal of Extension, 39(3), Article 13. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol39/iss3/13