For the 12th year, Southern Wesleyan University’s Division of Science will host the South Carolina Region 1 Science Fair at the Central campus March 8, 2019.
This event provides a venue for area students, grades 3 through 12, from Abbeville, Anderson, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee and Pickens Counties to go beyond their textbooks and classrooms, and present their original scientific experiments. The top middle and high school projects are eligible to participate in state and national fairs, such as the Broadcom MASTERS National Fair and the Stockholm Junior Water Drop Award.
Participants of past fairs have received various STEM awards beyond the regional fair. Danielle Brooks was selected as a 2018 Top 300 MASTER, being selected from more than 2,500 middle school entries as one of only three recipients from the state of South Carolina.
Ronak Malde, a current freshman at Stanford University who participated in the fair three years of his high school career, credits his selection as a delegate for South Carolina at the National Youth Science Camp to his participation in the S.C. Region 1 Fair. His mother noted, “I know for a fact that Ronak's interest in science has grown because he was able to participate in the Region 1 Science Fair. It gave him an opportunity to explore ideas in science that he would not have otherwise considered. Presenting at the Science Fair not only built his confidence in public speaking but also provided him with an avenue to address problems that our water supplies are currently facing and made him aware how young people who are engaged in science can make a difference.”
These examples highlight the opportunity provided to students and the impact the S.C. Region 1 Science Fair has on area students.
The S.C. Region 1 Science Fair receives financial support from area businesses with an interest in STEM education; therefore, there is no cost for teachers or their students to enter and attend.
“Ideally, we would like to establish multi-year partnerships with area businesses that share our interest and enthusiasm for the important undertaking of improved STEM education and equal access. However, any entity wishing to support our goal is welcomed and needed,” said Staci Johnson, Southern Wesleyan University associate professor of biology and S.C. Region 1 Science Fair Director.
Johnson adds that while financial assistance is important, there is also the need for additional volunteers to assist with planning the event and judging students’ projects.
“We hope that teachers, students, and STEM professionals around the Upstate will mark their calendar to participate, as well as share this exciting opportunity with students, teachers, and parents that they encounter,” Johnson said.
The complete rules and guidelines for the fair are available at swu.edu/sciencefair. For additional details or information about entering the S.C. Region 1 Science Fair or becoming a sponsor, contact Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org or call 864-644-5256.
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