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Berkshire Museum to Host 4th Annual Science and Innovation Fair

11:24AM / Friday, February 07, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Museum, partnering with SABIC Innovative Plastics and Pittsfield Public Schools, will host the fourth annual Science and Innovation Fair.

Taconic High School Science and Engineering Academy and the Pittsfield High School Quark Science Club will participate at the fair, scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 11.

About 100 Pittsfield public high school students will exhibit more than 60 projects that demonstrate skills and concepts across a range of engineering and science disciplines. The participating student-scientists and student-engineers have conducted research and completed projects with the guidance of their faculty advisors from Taconic and Pittsfield High Schools.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., admission to the museum will be free, courtesy of SABIC. Visitors will be able to see the projects and the museum's exhibits and galleries.

"The Berkshire Museum is enthusiastic about the opportunity to host, once again, the Science and Innovation Fair as well as other programs that stimulate student interest in STEM initiatives: science, technology, engineering, and math," said Van Shields, executive director of the Berkshire Museum. "Expertise in scientific research as well as skills and knowledge in technology and engineering will continue to be critical in the 21st-century economy, and participation in an event such as the Science and Innovation Fair can be an important experience for students who aspire to excel in those fields."

SABIC will also provide prizes, 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. Between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., all fifth-grade students in the Pittsfield Public Schools will visit the Science Fair, and will be able to ask questions. School groups in Pittsfield will receive free visits to the museum courtesy of James and Margaret Beauregard and Greylock Federal Credit Union.

About sixty 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 fikkiws at 8:30 with awards presented by Kristen Pearson, Science Fair coordinator at Taconic High School, Scott Eldridge, Science Fair coordinator at Pittsfield High School, Brenda Manarchik of SABIC and Van W. Shields, executive director of Berkshire Museum.

Science and Innovation Fair Schedule:

  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Free admission for all to the Museum courtesy SABIC
  • 10 a. m. to 1:30 p.m.: All Pittsfield Public School fifth grade students will visit the Science Fair courtesy the Beauregard Family and Greylock Federal Credit Union
  • 5 to 6:30 p.m.: Judging
  • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Family, friends and public visit projects; admission is free during evening hours
  • 7:30 to 8 p.m.: Award Ceremony
  • 8:30 to 9 p.m.: Award Ceremony

 

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