Since 2005 the CECIERJ Foundation, a Rio de Janeiro State government agency, promotes science fairs by the FECTI program, with the goal to engaging the participation of students of basic and high schools.

The FECTI science fair has become more popular, with an increase participation of schools, teachers and students of more and more counties of Rio de Janeiro State. Despite this, little is known about perception of participants about the FECTI.

The present study attempted to evaluate how the participation in this project has influenced students and teachers. The teachers answered a survey and reported their perceptions about effects on students, school participation, their motivation and the impact on their teaching practice.

The data has been collected by the answers of thirty-one participants, sixteen males and fifteen females, eighty-seven percent (87%) of them from public schools, about thirty-seven percent (37%) of the teachers’ total. Emerging from the answers of these teachers is the following evidence: 1) ninety percent (90%) of teachers claimed that students improved their learning; 2) ninety-seven percent (97%) answered that students developed many skills including communication, empathy, engage in collaborative work and responsibility, besides improved their self-confidence and the interest in science content;and 3) all teachers emphasized that doing research projects with their students contributed in some way to their teaching practice. The majority of respondents felt that participation in the FECTI shows there are another ways to teaching and learning science. These testimonials enhance the relevance of science fairs in science and technology diffusion.

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The science fairs and the science and technology diffusion
The case of the FECTI - fair of science, technology and innovation of the Rio de Janeiro State

Vera Cascon   Fundação CECIERJ, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Chrystian Carlétti   Fundação CECIERJ, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Renata Guimarães Dümpel   Fundação CECIERJ, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Sônia Simões Camanho   Fundação CECIERJ, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Mônica Santos Dahmouche   Fundação CECIERJ, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Since 2005 the CECIERJ Foundation, a Rio de Janeiro State government agency, promotes science fairs by the FECTI program, with the goal to engaging the participation of students of basic and high schools.

The FECTI science fair has become more popular, with an increase participation of schools, teachers and students of more and more counties of Rio de Janeiro State. Despite this, little is known about perception of participants about the FECTI.

The present study attempted to evaluate how the participation in this project has influenced students and teachers. The teachers answered a survey and reported their perceptions about effects on students, school participation, their motivation and the impact on their teaching practice.

The data has been collected by the answers of thirty-one participants, sixteen males and fifteen females, eighty-seven percent (87%) of them from public schools, about thirty-seven percent (37%) of the teachers’ total. Emerging from the answers of these teachers is the following evidence: 1) ninety percent (90%) of teachers claimed that students improved their learning; 2) ninety-seven percent (97%) answered that students developed many skills including communication, empathy, engage in collaborative work and responsibility, besides improved their self-confidence and the interest in science content;and 3) all teachers emphasized that doing research projects with their students contributed in some way to their teaching practice. The majority of respondents felt that participation in the FECTI shows there are another ways to teaching and learning science. These testimonials enhance the relevance of science fairs in science and technology diffusion.

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