How It All Started
Who we are. Where we came from.
In 1992 a group of citizens got together and formed the St. Maarten Science Fair Foundation (SMSFF). The group consisted of teachers, engineers and businessmen who were concerned about the lack of local professionals available to fill existing vacancies in the various fields of Science and Technology.
The SMSFF believed that getting students interested and involved in Science and Technology from a young age could inspire them to pursue a career in this direction. With this in mind the secondary schools were approached to encourage students participation in an Island Science Fair competition.
The SMSFF held its first event in April of 1993 with a few participating schools and about dozen projects. Since then the Science Fair has become an anual event with the participation of the major secondary schools. The enthusiasm among the schools and students has grown to a level where most schools now conduct an internal Science Fair to determine which projects will take part in the Island Science Fair.
The SMSFF is a registered non-profit organization managed by volunteers and financed mainly through corporate sponsors.
“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”