2018 South Carolina Region 1 Science Fair to be March 9 at SWU

CENTRAL, S.C. – Upstate elementary, middle and high school students will converge upon Southern Wesleyan University’s campus March 9 for the 2018 South Carolina Region 1 Science Fair.

The university, in keeping with its core value of “contagious generosity,” continues to partner with the region’s teachers and parents to further Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education by hosting the South Carolina Region 1 Science Fair for the 11th consecutive year.

Essential to the success of the Region 1 Science Fair are partnerships within the business community. Piedmont Natural Gas has joined in this partnership for the 2018 event as the Presenting Sponsor. Additional partners include Shaw Industries, Ortec Inc. and Servall Corporation.

Sponsorships are still available for the S.C. Region 1 Science Fair. For details about becoming a sponsor, contact the university’s Advancement Office at (864) 644-5008.

Staci Johnson, assistant professor of biology and Region 1 Science Fair coordinator, believes that participation in the scientific process can set a child on the path to meet the needs of our world through a STEM career and also address current shortages within STEM professions.

“Through the support and partnership of parents, teachers and business professionals, participation in the South Carolina Region 1 Science Fair provides new and exciting opportunities for student interest and learning in STEM disciplines," Johnson said.

“As the Region 1 Science Fair has grown at Southern Wesleyan, so has our commitment to impact the community and state by instilling passion for science, technology, engineering and math,” said Dr. Todd Voss, Southern Wesleyan University president.

The S.C. Region 1 Science Fair provides an opportunity for students in grades 3 through 12 who are interested in science, technology and engineering to pursue their personal areas of interest and display their research in a public competitive forum. Students will have a variety of hands-on experiences related to various science disciplines during several breakout sessions. They will also have an opportunity to compete for cash awards and other prizes, as well as qualify their projects for state and national competitions.

South Carolina Region 1 consists of Abbeville, Anderson, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee and Pickens counties. Details can be found by visiting www.swu.edu/sciencefair or by contacting the director, Staci N. Johnson, at sjohnson@swu.edu or (864) 644-5256.

Southern Wesleyan University is a Christ-centered, student-focused, faith-filled community that offers inventive learning experiences. The university endeavors to prepare its students to be dedicated scholars and servant-leaders who impact the world for Christ. At the same time, it’s Southern Wesleyan’s desire to practice contagious generosity within the surrounding community. For details about degree programs, go online to swu.edu.

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