-Stimulate interest in science and provide a valuable science experience to students.
-Students get to pursue an independent project of their choice.
-Provides an opportunity for students to showcase their high-quality work to an audience greater than their classroom teacher.
-An opportunity to provide recognition to quality student work.
-Serve as a challenging, extracurricular assignment that allows students to investigate a scientific problem that interests them.
-Importance for teachers in the joy of seeing their students do well beyond the classroom.
-Creates a competitive spirit amongst students to strive towards continual improvement.