Science Fair

Science Fair

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  • Darren Foster
  • Cristina Costantini

Filmmakers follow nine high school students from around the globe as they compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair. Facing off against 1,700 of the smartest, quirkiest teens from 78 countries, only one will be named Best in Fair.

Hailed by critics as "immensely likeable," "brilliant and quirky" and an "ode to the teenage science geeks on who our future depends," and winner of the audience award at Sundance and SXSW, National Geographic Documentary Films' Science Fair follows nine high school students from around the globe as they navigate rivalries, setbacks and, of course, hormones, on their journey to compete at The International Science and Engineering Fair. The film, from Fusion and Muck Media and directed by the DuPont Award-winning and Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaking team Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster, offers a front seat to the victories, defeats, and motivations of an incredible group of young men and women who are on a path to change their lives, and the world, through science.

Past Programs


Hawai'i's top student scientists

Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI

Research from the Utah science fair

Utah Film Center, Salt Lake City, UT


Turning high schoolers into science fair heroes

Gold Coast Arts Center, Great Neck, NY

SCIENCE FAIR at Cameo Cinema

Cameo Cinema, St Helena, CA

Science fair stars

FilmScene, Iowa City, IA