PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Museum will host the third annual Science and Innovation Fair, featuring the Taconic High School Science and Engineering Academy and the Pittsfield High School Quark Science Club, on Tuesday, Feb. 12.
The participating student-scientists and student-engineers have conducted scientific research and completed engineering projects under the guidance of their faculty advisors from Taconic and Pittsfield high schools.
Ffrom 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., admission to the museum will be free. Visitors can see the science fair projects as well as the museum's exhibitions and galleries.
"Scientific research and the application of knowledge in engineering and technology are critical drivers of the 21st century global economy," said Van Shields, executive director of the Berkshire Museum. "The museum is enthusiastic about partnering with our schools to host the Science and Innovation Fair and other programs that stimulate student interest in science, technology, engineering and math."
SABIC will provide the prizes as well as lunch and snacks for all participating student-scientists. Students with winning projects will advance to the Region 1 Science Fair at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in March and then on to the state Science Fair at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
On the day of the Science and Innovation Fair, the participating students will have their projects set up and ready for viewing by visitors to the museum by 10 a.m.
A group of approximately 60 judges representing leading local businesses and educational institutions will evaluate the exhibits between 5 and 6:30 p.m., interviewing the participants about their work and then convening to determine award winners.
Two awards ceremonies will be held — one for each school. The first begins at 7:30 p.m., and the second at 8:30.
The snow date is Feb. 13.