SAVANNAH (Feb. 12, 2012) – More than 100 students from 23 Southeast Georgia schools will compete in the 2012 Georgia Tech-Savannah Regional Science and Engineering Fair planned for February 15 and 16, 2012, in downtown Savannah. The event is one of 22 regional science fairs taking place throughout Georgia.
Top science fair projects from the region will be reviewed and judged by 100 local business professionals, engineers and faculty from area colleges and universities. Awards will be presented to the category winners and overall winning projects in a number of categories, including animal science, biochemistry, computer science, earth science, engineering, environmental management and physics. In addition to Science Fair awards, local and international organizations will recognize students who excel in specific areas of research.
The annual competition gives students a venue to develop the important critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, teamwork and personal management skills needed to thrive in today's technological society, according to Julie Sonnenberg-Klein, director of the 2012 event.
“The Regional Science and Engineering Fair provides an opportunity for local students to have their imagination, creativity and hard work recognized in a way that celebrates and encourages their enthusiasm for science,” said Sonnenberg-Klein. “We hope students will be motivated to pursue their futures in these fields.”
The top 15 percent of the winning projects will go on to compete in the Georgia Science Engineering Fair (GSEF) in Athens, Ga., giving students the chance to vie for a spot in the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world's largest international precollege science competition.
The overall high school winner of the regional event will advance directly to ISEF, a trip sponsored by Georgia Tech-Savannah, while the overall middle school winner will receive an iPad provided by the local chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
The Science Fair is open to students from more than 100 middle and high schools in the 13-county region, which includes Bryan, Bulloch, Candler, Chatham, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Jenkins, Liberty, Long, Screven, Tattnall and Toombs counties. Students from the following schools will be participating in the 2012 Georgia Tech-Savannah Regional Science and Engineering Fair:
- A.E. Beach High School (Chatham County)
- Bartlett Middle School (Chatham County)
- Bible Baptist School (Chatham County)
- Charles Ellis Montessori Academy (Chatham County)
- Coastal Middle School (Chatham County)
- DeRenne Middle School (Chatham County)
- Esther F. Garrison School of Visual and Performing Arts (Chatham County)
- Georgetown K-8 (Chatham County)
- Godley Station School (Chatham County)
- Herschel V. Jenkins High School (Chatham County)
- Hesse K-8 (Chatham County)
- Islands High School (Chatham County)
- Isle of Hope K-8 (Chatham County)
- Oglethorpe Charter School (Chatham County)
- Rambam Day School (Chatham County)
- Richmond Hill Middle School (Bryan County)
- Saint James Catholic School (Chatham County)
- Saint Peter the Apostle (Chatham County)
- Savannah Arts Academy (Chatham County)
- Sol. C. Johnson High School (Chatham County)
- Statesboro High School (Bulloch County)
- Vidalia City High School (Toombs County)
- Windsor Forest High School (Chatham County)
The community is invited to attend a public viewing of the science fair entries on Thursday, February 16, 2012, from 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at the Coastal Georgia Center located at 305 Fahm Street in Savannah. The awards ceremony will follow at 7 p.m.
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