Local Donors Support Regional Science & Engineering Fair for Students

Posted by Karen Lykins - Wednesday, March 14 2012
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thumb SE exhibit1The Millard Oakley STEM Center at Tennessee Tech University will host the 58th Annual Cumberland Plateau Regional Science and Engineering Fair on March 30 and 31.

This year's fair is getting assistance from some new and generous supporters including Tom Jones of Research Electronics International, Ron and Melinda Swann of Collins Mfg., and Charles and Gale Anderson, and other individual donors.

The funding provided by these contributors will enhance the overall student experience during the regional fair, provide awards and recognitions, and assist with student travel expenses to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, Penn., in May.

"We are very pleased to have the support of local businesses and individuals for the regional science and engineering fair," said Peter Li, acting director of the Cumberland Plateau fair and TTU professor of geography. "By providing and enhancing science, math and engineering learning experiences for the children of our region, we are giving them the opportunity to grow and succeed in the future. We are grateful to our donors"

The Oakley STEM Center will display more than 200 research projects representing the 4th through 12th grades from 16 eligible counties in the annual fair. These students have won awards or honorable mention in their schools' fairs and are eligible to compete at the regional level.

Competitors check in their exhibits on Friday, March 30, between 3 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Oakley STEM Center. The Opening Ceremony is in the STEM Center auditorium at 7 p.m. featuring the presentation, "Shaping the Future", by guest speaker Vicki LeFevre, Aerospace Engineer, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, and Tennessee Tech class of '81. Exhibitors, their families, friends and the community are invited to attend the 58th annual opening of the fair.

Judging of the projects will start at 8 a.m. Saturday morning and will conclude by noon. The research exhibits are then open for public viewing between noon and 3 p.m. while the awards are tabulated. Scholarships and prizes are presented during the Awards Ceremony at 3 p.m. in the auditorium.

For more information about the 58th Annual Cumberland Plateau Regional Science & Engineering Fair, contact Christina Hatley at the Oakley STEM Center, 931-372-6573 or visit www.tntech.edu/scifair.

The Millard Oakley STEM Center for the Teaching and Learning of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is located at 155 W. 7th Street in Cookeville, Tenn., at the corner of 7th and Stadium Drive on TTU's campus.