Friday, March 03, 2017

Northeastern University's Center for STEM Education to Host Nearly 400 BPS Students for the 71st Annual Citywide/MA Region Vl Science Fair

Northeastern University's Center for STEM Education to Host Nearly 400 BPS Students for the 71st Annual Citywide/MA Region Vl Science Fair
Boston, MA - Friday, March 3, 2017 - Tomorrow, Saturday, March 4, 2017, Boston Public Schools (BPS) will host the 71st annual Citywide/MA Region Vl Science Fair in coordination with Northeastern University's Center for STEM Education. Nearly 400 students from 21 schools will convene at Northeastern University's Cabot Center at 400 Huntington Avenue in Boston to showcase their STEM (Science, Technology Engineering, and Math) projects between 1:30 and 3:00 p.m.

"Opportunities with our valued, local university partners like Northeastern University provide an invaluable experience that helps ensure our students are prepared for the jobs of tomorrow," said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "It is incredible to see students gain education from their research, while also pursuing the opportunity to enhance their interpersonal and presentation skills."

Middle and high school students will represent approximately 300 exhibits, as they learn important science and engineering concepts and also how scientists and engineers investigate and make sense of the world.

"The Committee is proud of our students for their participation in the citywide science fair," said School Committee Chairperson Michael O'Neill. "Each year, we continue to see fascinating projects that truly show our students' full potential."

After competing in their school level fairs, students share their top-rated exhibits at the BPS Citywide/MA Region VI Science Fair, at which they demonstrate and celebrate their accomplishments in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).

"Our students are connecting their creativity and innovation with exhibits that make science relevant to their lives," said Superintendent Tommy Chang. "The science fair is key to providing students an opportunity to showcase their work and be celebrated for their dedication."

Competing students set up their exhibits on Friday, March 3rd and go through the safety-check process. The public is invited to the Cabot Center to view the exhibits on Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

"I am always amazed to see the creative projects and questions that students propose," said John Tobin, vice pres­ident of city and com­mu­nity affairs for Northeastern University. "The Citywide Science Fair will be the step some students need to advance their potential and find their passion."

At the 2016 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix, AZ, James Magnasco, from East Boston High School, received the third-place award of $1,000 in biomedical engineering for his research titled: Utilizing Artificial Muscles to Enhance the Human Body.

"The Science Fair has a great environment that allows participants to get a glimpse of what it's really like to be a scientist and have a curious mind," said last year's Citywide Science Fair winner, Chelsey Skeete. "Science is a collaborative effort and I highly recommend students pursue that experience through the Fair."

Another student, Nadine Han, was one of the 15 young women nationwide, and the only middle school student selected from all of Massachusetts, to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) Competition in Washington, DC.

The Science Fair awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, March 9th, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the Bruce C. Bolling Building in the School Committee Chambers, located at 2300 Washington Street in Roxbury. Light refreshments will be provided beginning at 5:30 p.m. Award winners and their families are invited to attend.

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