Science, technology, engineering and math â€“ commonly referred to as STEM fields â€“ will be in spotlight when Kent State University hosts the Hudson STEM Project Fair on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The science fair, spotlighting the work of students in grades 4 through 12, will be held in the Kent Student Center Ballroom and Balcony on the Kent Campus. It is free and open to the public. Project display area is open to the public for viewing from noon to 2:30 p.m. The area is closed during the morning judging.
â€œWe are pleased to host this event highlighting the importance of STEM education,â€ said Dr. Timothy Moerland, dean of Kent Stateâ€™s College of Arts and Sciences. â€œKent State is committed to expanding opportunities in these fields, which are critical in terms of job growth and economic development.â€
Student displays will feature poster boards, notebooks detailing their research methods and some lab demonstrations. There are 375 students registered for the event, with 250 projects to be featured â€“ some of which are group efforts.
The event is sponsored by Kent Stateâ€™s College of Arts and Sciences and organized by the Hudson STEM Alliance and the Six District Educational Compact.
Flash, Kent Stateâ€™s mascot, will be on hand from10 a.m. to 11 a.m. to meet with families and cheer on the proceedings. While on campus, high school students also will have the opportunity to attend â€œExplore Kent Science Day,â€ hosted by Kent Stateâ€™s departments of biology, chemistry, and physics.
â€œThere will be some amazing projects on display,â€ said Dr. Robin Selinger, professor of chemical physics at Kent State's Liquid Crystal Institute and president of the Hudson STEM Alliance. â€œLast year, one of our local students went on to regional and state competitions and then to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles. I can't wait to see what projects our kids have come up with this year.â€
The Hudson STEM Alliance is an advocacy group of parents and community members dedicated to promoting interest and participation in STEM activities.
â€œHands-on experience with a research project is a great way for students to prepare for careers in science and engineering,â€ Selinger said. â€œWe hope many of these students will be inspired to take advanced science and math courses in high school, go on to STEM majors in college, and maybe even earn a masters or Ph.D. Some of our most advanced local high school students enroll in college-level STEM courses and science internships through Kent State's Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program.â€
For more information on Kent Stateâ€™s Post Secondary Enrollment Options program, visit www.kent.edu/dualenrollment.
For more information on the Hudson STEM Project Fair hosted by Kent State, visit www.hudsonstemalliance.org.