One of this year’s most awe-inspiring and uplifting movies is a National Geographic Documentary Films presentation following nine high school students from around the world, all competing for the top prize at the international science fair. This competitive journey among some of the best and brightest young minds on the planet begins inside the award-winning duPont Manual High School in Louisville, Kentucky, and expands as far away Brazil and Germany.
A pair of amazing portrayals of these brilliant overachievers comes into crystal clear focus in “Science Fair,” and provides two valuable lessons.
One, thank goodness we have these geeky, smart brains as our future. Without these hard-charging big brains problem-solving mankind’s global issues we, as a planet, would be left fighting deadly diseases and health issues on our back heels. Instead, there’s a small, but vital wealth of knowledge willing to put in the study time and effort to impact millions of people for good.
The second point “Science Fair” clearly demonstrates is that while these geniuses are off-the-charts smart, they also exude normal teen tendencies, wanting acceptance and to build camaraderie with their peers. “Science Fair” seamlessly peels back the high school students’ noble projects and their motivations to reveal the funny, quirky personalities of these superstars.
“Science Fair” is a must-see for all young students and parents who strive to maximize educational opportunities and set high achievement goals. It establishes the roles that families and schools share in offering the opportunity for students to excel, even outside of straight-A report cards.
Perhaps the biggest achievement of “Science Fair” is how the film illustrates the formula the kids used to succeed: The invaluable support system of parents, coaches and educators to establish opportunities for these sharp minds to grow and foster. The science and engineering emphasis are never about the betterment of the high school or individual. Rather, it’s how their projects will improve the lives of others on the planet. A noble goal for a society and world often more interested in selfies and self-interests.
In honor of National Education Week, teachers and students nationwide are invited to watch “Science Fair” in classrooms throughout November. Go to National Geographic Documentary Films’ website for more information on how to receive a free DVD and educational materials: nationalgeographic.com/films/science-fair/host-a-screening The movie is also available to purchase or rent via Vudu.
“Science Fair” is rated PG with a running time of 90 minutes.