University hosts annual science and engineering fair

Science Fair 2014
A participant with her project during the 2014 Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair
March 17, 2014 - Quinnipiac hosted Connecticut's largest science and engineering competition for middle- and high-school students March 11-15 on the Mount Carmel Campus.

The event showcases the engineering and scientific abilities of 7th-12th graders. More than 700 participants representing 127 schools were selected from about 12,000 students throughout Connecticut and several bordering New York towns.

Participants competed for $173,000 in prizes and several trips to represent the state at international competitions. The event is sponsored by the Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair (CSEF) Association and is celebrating 66 years of competition.

"Having the opportunity to see young people demonstrating their science and engineering learning at such a great event is fantastic," said Lucie Howell, director of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning at Quinnipiac. "The fact that it takes place on the Quinnipiac campus and we get to be a small part of that learning experience by recognizing the students for their hard work and commitment is just a bonus."

"These kids have a bright future and will make major contributions to American technology." said CSEF Director Bob Wisner, who was a top winner at the event himself in the late 1950s. "As a former winner myself and through my work with these kids each year, I can testify to the impact this event has on our youth. Their research is impressive and I know these kids will be the science and technology leaders of the future."

Past fair winners have been recognized by prestigious organizations, including the MacArthur Foundation, CT Women of Innovation, and Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

In addition to the State Fair Awards, some of the Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair top winners will represent the state and compete for more than $5 million in cash and scholarships at competitions including the Intel International Science and Engineering fair (the world's largest pre-college science fair); the International Sustainable World Engineering, Energy and Environment Project Olympiad, Genius Olympiad, and the Broadcom Masters Competition.

For more information about the fair, please visit www.ctsciencefair.org.

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