CHAPTER ONE: RATIONALE

Introduction

Can the hypothesis that publishing student work on the World Wide Web motivates students to excellence be applied to science fair projects? While the proliferation of educational Web sites in the science disciplines is evident, research is needed to evaluate the benefits to students and to what degree these benefits can be observed. In addition, there is a need to establish a network of teachers who publish their students' science fair projects in order to communicate, set forth guidelines for the projects and conduct a structured competition which begins on a local level and advances to a national (or international) competition. Experienced and preservice teachers need to be recruited and instructed how to use the World Wide Web to publish student projects and compete in a national virtual science fair.

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