Rensselaer To Host Greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair
More than 100 area middle and high school students from the Capital Region will participate in the 23rd annual greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday, March 23. The daylong event will be held in the Walker Laboratory building.
The event has been hosted by the School of Science at Rensselaer for more than 20 years with support from faculty, students, and staff, along with support from the Office of the President, the Office of Admissions, and other Rensselaer departments. The annual event is coordinated by Joan Wagner, who serves as fair director for the Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS). The program will begin at 9 a.m. with opening remarks to be delivered by Wagner in Russell Sage Lab, room 3303.
Working alone or in teams of up to three individuals, students will showcase their latest research in areas that include: energy and transportation, materials and bio-engineering, behavioral and social sciences, microbiology, chemistry, plant sciences, medicine and health sciences, cellular and molecular biology, electrical and mechanical engineering, animal sciences, environmental management, earth science, and physics and astronomy.
Throughout the morning and early afternoon, judges will review the projects. Judging is coordinated by Matt Nielson, a GE physicist; a majority of the judges come from GE Global Research. The student projects will be available for public viewing from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Beginning at 4:15 p.m., Laurie Leshin, dean of the School of Science, will provide the keynote address that will focus on the Mars Rover Curiosity.
Immediately following the keynote address, the awards ceremony will take place. The top winners in the Junior Division (grades 6-8) may be eligible to enter the new Broadcom Masters National Competition for students in grades 6-8, and the STANYS State Science Congress Fair that will be held at the Brookhaven Labs June 8-10.
Major supporters for the fair include Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, GE, Momentive Performance Materials, and Pitney Bowes.