Dinosaur Eggs and Blue Ribbons: A Look at Science Fairs, Inside & Out
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A personal look at science fairs from the varied perspectives of a successful participant, judge, policymaker, and science fair organization leader. Dinosaur Eggs and Blue Ribbons takes young readers on a journey into adventure science as experienced by a young aspiring scientist who turned scientific inspiration into scientific success. The book is full of anecdotes and advice from the world of STEM education and contains practical advice about judging, display boards, and other preparations for the big science fair day. Throughout the text and appendix are examples of original, winning science fair materials as well as links to a wide variety of proprietary online resources which complement the text. In the end, the hardships are all worthwhile when you work alongside some of the top scientists in the field, make groundbreaking discoveries, and win big in the science fair and beyond!


Barnas Monteith is Chairman of the Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair, Inc. — one of the oldest inquiry based science education non-profits in the U.S.. Barnas is the most successful Massachusetts science fair participant in history, with a record of eight first place MA wins, and numerous first place awards at the national / international levels. His projects focused on computerized models to study evolution, and continued this work both at Tufts and Harvard. He started several successful technology companies – in the fields of wearable computing, financial & security software development, and semiconductor R&D, specializing in diamonds, renewable energy and lighting.

Barnas serves on the MA DOE Math & Science Advisory Council, and was a gubernatorial appointee to the MA Governor's STEM Advisory Council, serving as a committee Co-Chair. He has co-authored several patents, published a number of scientific articles, and speaks regularly at global STEM events.


1 Sandstorms, Scorpions, Snakes and Skulls 1
2 “Try Not to Go Extinct!” 14
3 Applying New Ideas to Paleontology 23
4 Dinosaur Doodles to Scientific Theories 35
5 Winning the Big Fair 49
6 Discovering New Disciplines 61
7 Tips: Connecting to the Science Fair and Coming Up wi th a Great Idea 73
8 Tips: Presentations, Judging and Surviving the Big Day 86
9 Science Fairs: Past, Present and Future 100