NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS
March 1, 2016
Norwich University will once again host this year’s Vermont State Science and Mathematics Fair on Saturday, March 19. The day-long event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., anchored in Norwich’s state-of-the-art science complex, Bartoletto Hall, with an awards ceremony in Dole Auditorium starting at 2:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public, the fair showcases the work of Vermont public, private and homeschool students in grades 5-12 who have won local science and math fair competitions. The students will display projects that tackle questions and pose solutions arising from the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). As such, organizers have renamed the fair to “VSTEM.”
The event marks the only state-wide science and math fair for middle and high school students, and because of its scope and prizes, it is the premier STEM competition for grades 5-12 in Vermont.
Each accepted project at the state-wide fair will be independently evaluated by at least three judges over the course of the morning to determine winners for medals, cash, trips to competitions beyond Vermont and scholarships.
Some 125 volunteer judges will be on hand. They include industry scientists and engineers, secondary education faculty, medical professionals, military personnel, retirees and other science-related professionals from across Vermont. All hold advanced degrees or have extensive experience in STEM fields.
Students compete for more than $10,000 in cash and prizes and $17,000 in trip awards and expenses donated by local organizations and $500,000 in scholarships to Vermont colleges. The fair is also affiliated with the International Science and Engineering Fair, and five other national and international competitions, which award additional prizes.
“Norwich was founded upon the practice of experiential learning and was one of the earliest schools in the nation to teach engineering,” said Carlos Pinkham, co-director of the Vermont State Science and Math Fair and professor emeritus of biology at Norwich University. “It is our joy and our responsibility to cultivate passion for scientific inquiry in the next generation.”
Sponsored by the Vermont Principals’ Association, VSTEM is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) education organization supported by Norwich University and more than 100 other Vermont organizations, colleges and industry partners, all sharing the common vision to excite young Vermont minds about the STEM fields and the opportunities available to them to complete their STEM education and careers in Vermont.
This event is free and open to the public.
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About Norwich University
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