Ah, the school science fair — baking soda volcanoes, posters on genetic engineering, tennis-ball models of the solar system. President Obama even held one at the White House last fall, and he's said we should celebrate science fair winners as much as we celebrate sports heroes, "or risk losing the nation's competitive edge," says The New York Times' Amy Harmon.

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