Students and Teachers Bring Innovation and Excitement to STEM Expo Science Fair on May 21st

Students and Teachers Bring Innovation and Excitement to STEM Expo Science Fair on May 21st

Two of the projects showcased (but not in competition) at the Expo are prosthetic arms built by students from University High School of Science & Engineering for a university-level competition in which students are challenged to build low-cost prosthetic devices.
Front Row (Left to Right) Collyn McDonald, Randy Hernandez, Sara Dale, Matt Edson, Sayan Basu.
Back Row (left to right)- Lance Johnson, Navid Rhythm
After twenty-one continuous years of hosting the district-wide Science Fair, in order to engage and challenge more of our students,  Hartford Public Schools has expanded into its second year of going in a different and exciting direction.
On May 21, 2014 Hartford Public Schools’ STEM Office –under the leadership of Dr. Sandra Inga, S.T.E.M. Director– along with our community partners (SINA, Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance), Trinity College, and the Reach Foundation, will hold its second annual S.T.E.M. Expo.

The Expo will be held at Trinity College’s Koeppel Community Center – 175 New Britain Ave. Hartford, CT.  

This exciting event is open to all PK-12 students; with more than 250 students participating, vying to place at the district level.  Students participating represent more than 35 schools in the district.  A greater number of students are participating in STEM Expo, than prior years, particularly at the secondary level. Categories include:

•    Filming
•    Video Gaming/Apps
•    Inventions
•    Traditional Science Fair

Ralph Minaya (S.T.E.M. Teacher-in-Residence) is instrumental in successfully expanding the competition to include filming, gaming and apps. There will be over 150 projects competing for first place.  Every category has first place, second place, and third place winners.   Other projects built by our students this year will be on display, but not in compettion.  These include prosthetic arms built by UHSSE, a moon buggy built by Academy of Engineering and Green Technology, and a robot from HMTCA.
Guest judges include Glenn Cassis, Executive Director of the African-American Affairs Commission.

The Final Awards’ Ceremony will be held at the Connecticut Science Center’s Hoffman 3-D Theater on May 28, 2014 at 6pm. The keynote speaker at the ceremony will be Dr. Oneeka Williams, MD, MPH, a urological surgeon who practices at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Urology at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. Her peers rate her among the top urological surgeons in the United States. Dr. Williams is also the author of a children’s book series featuring the fictional character Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo.



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