Purpose and Objectives of the
Florida Foundation for Future Scientists
The Florida Foundation for Future Scientists (FFFS) is a statewide, non-profit organization authorized by the 1957 Legislature of the State of Florida to discover scientific and technical talent in the schools of Florida and to encourage the pursuit of careers in science and engineering. In meeting its obligations, the FFFS promotes and administers the following:
- The State Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF) of Florida.
- The establishment of guidelines, rules, and procedures for local, regional, and statewide competitions.
- The rewarding of scholarships and prizes.
- The coordination of industrial, professional, and educational activities related to careers in science and engineering.
- Science, engineering, and leadership youth programs.
The FFFS is housed at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Major programs and operating expenses are financed by grants and contributions from federal agencies, the State Legislature, private industries, businesses, professional organizations, and individuals.
A primary mission of the FFFS is to foster and encourage Florida’s talented young people to pursue careers in science, engineering, and research. It is an accepted belief that recognition and reward provide a significant impetus to youthful researchers in academic pursuits. The annual State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida is an appropriate vehicle through which to accomplish this mission.
Objectives of the SSEF
The SSEF is a three-day display of science project exhibits prepared by aspiring scientists and engineering in sixth through twelfth grade. Nearly 950 Finalists display their projects and illustrate their research in competition for awards.
The main objectives of the SSEF are to:
- Recognize scientific talent in young people.
- Introduce students to organized research.
- Provide teachers a forum for the exchange of ideas.
- Focus attention on science, mathematics, and engineering; thus
- stimulating students, their teachers, and the general public’s interest.
During the three-day event, students have the opportunity to share their ideas with one another, increase personal development in scientific and technological areas, gain self-confidence in problem solving skills, and participate in educational field trips and areas of interest tours.