The International Student Science Fair (ISSF)
The International Student Science Fair (ISSF) was conceived in 2004 by four schools: The Australian Science and Mathematics School, Mahidol Wittayanusorn School Thailand, Korean Science Academy and Ritsumeikan High School, Japan. The ISSF has operated successfully since 2005 and has attracted the participation of many schools across the world.
The ISSF is the major annual event promoted by the ISSN. it provides a unique forum for budding scientists to display their inquiry skills and defend their findings in a non-competitive environment. The event provides students from around the world valuable opportunities to work in collaborative settings to exchange ideas, hone their research techniques and engage their inquisitive minds in the fields of mathematics, science, and technologies with like-minded peers.
Opportunities are provided at the ISSF that extend student thinking, allowing them to use their knowledge in interesting ways and encourage all participants to explore their ethics and assumptions in the application of mathematics, science, and technology. In particular, the team-work in problem-solving and sharing sessions gives students and educators the opportunity to work with peers from different nations, thus promoting the inter-cultural understandings needed in the 21st Century. A significant component of ISSF is the cultural and social interactions which help develop friendships and collaborative opportunities amongst our students and educational leaders which may be the basis for future co-operation and study.
The goals of the ISSF is to provide students with opportunities to:
Effectively communicate scientific knowledge and concepts to an international audience;
Think critically about how effective leadership in science can provide solutions to complex societal issues;
Make cross-cultural connections with gifted science students, teachers and principals.
The ISSF also aims to build the capacities of participating science educators through leadership programs for teachers and educational leaders. Through these formal and informal programs, science educators can engage in professional discourse and develop ties with the counterparts from schools around the world.
High-quality keynote speakers and presentations
Student-led and conducted research presentations
Student poster sharing
Teacher professional workshops
Principal meetings and workshops
Collaborative student problem or challenge-based workshops based on emerging contemporary and interdisciplinary science themes decided by the host school
Cultural sharing and presentations
Industrial and cultural tours