MSI will not host CPS Science Fair after next year

Staff Writer

The Museum of Science and Industry will not host Chicago Public Schools (CPS) science fair after 2018. The annual fair has been hosted at the museum since 1950.

Museum officials said in an email to the Herald that they “are no longer able to provide the nonprofit foundation that runs the CPS science fair with the level of museum resources that have become required.”

The Chicago Public Schools Student Science Fair, Inc. is a 501(c)(3), non-for profit corporation that presents the CPS Exhibition of Student STEM Research at the museum.

The organization consists of CPS teachers and administrators and corporate sponsors and its mission is to foster Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education among CPS students. More than 300 students participate in the fair at the museum.

Officials at the museum said it will support the nonprofit during the transition and will continue to support CPS students, “including science fair participants, with free vouchers, free field trip admission and nationally recognized science teacher education courses, as well as other science education programs for students.

The fair will take place on Thursday, March 15, through Sunday, March 18, 2018. CPS officials in an email to the Herald stated that they are “working with CPSSSF to help find a new venue for 2019, and we’re confident there is ample time to execute this longstanding tradition.”