Posted 09 Aug 2017
'Uncontrolled Variables: A Science Fair Story' will premiere on the Arkansas Educational Television Network Monday, Aug. 21, at 9 p.m.
The film follows students and teachers from three schools in Northwest Arkansas – Alma High School, Alpena High School and Haas Hall Academy Fayetteville – as they develop their science fair projects and compete regionally for a chance to go to the International Science and Engineering Fair.
'I love to make films about people who are passionate about their work and are striving to achieve difficult goals,' producer Dale Carpenter said. '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.'
All of the schools have a record of success at the national level. Also featured are stories of former students whose lives were changed by their experiences in science fairs.
The goal of the film is to capture what it is like to be involved in a science fair today, as students learn that science is, as executive producer Bill McComas said, 'full of false starts, blind alleys, unjustified assumptions and unexpected findings.'
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