Presenting on topics such as water quality and the environment of the Finger Lakes region, the Fourth Annual Finger Lakes Science Fair at HWS will showcase local middle school and high school students’ research projects.
Hosted by the Finger Lakes Institute (FLI), the Science Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, May 30 in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public.
“The students do such a good job,” says Finger Lakes Institute Education Program Manager Nadia Harvieux, who coordinated the event. “The Science Fair is really set up like a professional science conference so the participants get a chance to see what it would be like to participate in that sort of event.”
Harvieux, who was a guest judge at last year’s fair, says student enthusiasm for the their work and the fair has been amazing.
The FLI Science Fair primarily involves schools that participate in the Finger Lakes Regional Stream Monitoring Network citizen science program coordinated by FLI. The program seeks to train local school teachers in conveying to their students the fundamental importance and value in studying local streams as well as teaching the methodology and techniques of stream monitoring as a part of their curriculum.
The integration of local schools into the field of volunteer monitoring allows for students to be actively involved in the assessment of their regional streams and facilitates a higher level of environmental awareness in their own lives and in their community.
There will be three guest judges from the Genesee Valley Chapter of the New York Water Environment Association, Inc. and one guest judge from FLI.
In the Fourth Annual Science Fair, there will be monetary prizes for first and second place winners in two categories – Middle School and High School divisions -which have been donated by the Genesee Valley Chapter of the New York Water Environment Association, Inc.
For more information about the Science Fair, contact Nadia Harvieux at Harvieux@hws.edu.