Science on Screen: SCIENCE FAIR (with special guest Kashfia Rahman)

| 2019 | 1 hr 38 mins | |

Wednesday March 20, 2019


$12 General Admission, $9 Member,
$7 child age 14 or younger
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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This film is part of our Science on Screen® Program

Hailed by critics as “immensely likeable,” “brilliant and quirky” and an “ode to the teenage science geeks on whom our future depends,” and winner of the audience award at Sundance and SXSW, National Geographic Documentary Films’ SCIENCE FAIR follow 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.  As 1,700 of the smartest, quirkiest teens from 78 different countries face off, only one will be named Best in Fair. The film, from Fusion and Muck Media and directed by the duPont Award-winning and Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaking team of 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.


The daughter of Bangladeshi immigrants, Kashfia Rahman grew up in Brookings, South Dakota. When she was in high school, she noticed her peers frequently succumbing to risky behaviors as well as the ruthless burdens of stress and peer pressure. Working directly on peers at her school, she dedicated research to study the neuroscientific and psychological processes underlying these behaviors and how the environment plays a role in emotion-processing and cognitive functioning in teens. With the hopes of raising awareness to minimize the potential for engaging in harmful behaviors and promoting healthy environments, she took her research to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a culmination of 1,800 students from over 75 countries sometimes described as the “Olympics of science fairs.” For her research projects, she was awarded first place in her category as well as was recognized by the National Institutes of Health and the American Psychological Association. Kashfia is also a Google Science Fair finalist and a Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholar. Featured in the National Geographic documentary “Science Fair” for her dedication to scientific research, Kashfia is passionate about sharing her pathway to research as well as advocating for women and minorities in the field of STEM. Currently, Kashfia Rahman is a student at Harvard University intending to study Psychology and Cognitive Sciences, as well as Global Health Policy. She hopes to continue research on adolescent psychology with the goals of ultimately teaching, conducting research, and becoming involved with policymaking grounded in research findings.

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