For more information about the Twin Tiers Regional Science Fair, please contact the organizer:
Dr. Jim Pientka
Assistant Professor of Physics
De La Roche 121-A
St. Bonaventure University
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Each spring, St. Bonaventure University hosts a science fair for high school students in the Twin Tiers Region. Projects in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, and other sciences are welcome. The organizer of the science fair is Dr. Jim Pientka, Assistant Professor of Physics. The date of the 2018 Science Fair is Thursday, March 22.
Intel ISEF: One project advances to Intel ISEF for a week in Pittsburgh with 1700 students from 75+ countries competing for over $4 million in awards and scholarships
Genius Olympiad: Two projects advance for a week in Oswego with 1200 students from 75+ countries and adventures such as a field trip
to Niagara Falls and an evening’s International Celebration
Ying Scholars: One Semifinalist receives $500 scholarship; teacher receives $100. Students compete for Ying Scholars Finals for scholarships and sponsor awards.
NYS Science Congress: Six students advance to the New York State Science Congress in Buffalo
Terra School/Teacher Awards: $2,500 (up to 2 schools/teachers)
Twin Tiers Regional Science Fair Local Awards: Winning projects receive Amazon Gift Cards: $250 for first place; $150 for second place; and $100 for third place. In addition, there's a door prize!
The judges for the science fair include representatives from local manufacturers and professors and students from the science and mathematics departments at St. Bonaventure University.
Registration for the Twin Tiers Science Fair is FREE thanks to the generous support by the Ying Tri Regional Science and Engineering Fair, National Grid, and the Terra Foundation. The Science Fair is organized with the kind assistance of Dream It. Do It. Western New York.
More than 40 students from six area schools participated in the second annual Twin Tiers Regional Science Fair Thursday at St. Bonaventure University.
Award winners included Mariah Bloise, Portville Central School, first place, for a project titled “Pricey to Priceless Gel Electrophoresis”; Ronnie Lott, Portville Central, second place, for a project titled “Better Batteries”; and Nicolas Ilustre, Hinsdale Central School, third place, for a project titled “The Fear of Holes.”
Six students received honorable mention recognition, including Kyleigh Nolder, Hinsdale Central School; Kelly Fitzgerald and Samara Lindberg, both of Archbishop Walsh Academy; Tioga Simpson and Aliyah Tejera, Archbishop Walsh; and Paige Dugan, Allegany-Limestone Central School.
The science fair was organized by the STEM departments in St. Bonaventure’s School of Arts and Sciences. National Grid was the primary sponsor of the event.
Students were also hosted for lunch and given a tour of the science facilities in De La Roche Hall and Walsh Science Center.
“Science fairs provide students an opportunity to deepen their knowledge in science fields in a fun and engaging manner. In addition, by hosting a regional fair, students from the area are able to interact, communicate, and learn among a broader community of like-minded students,” said Dr. David Hilmey, science fair coordinator and chair of the Department of Chemistry.
“Exposure to college science students, science faculty and professionals, and science facilities is an important component of our science fair, with the goal of encouraging students to pursue STEM careers through post-secondary education,” Hilmey said.
Approximately 45 additional high school students from the region also attended the science fair as observers. Area schools represented were Allegany-Limestone, Archbishop Walsh, Hinsdale, Portville, Olean High and Scio.
Judges and additional sponsors were from Dream It Do It, Dresser-Rand, SolEpoxy, Cytec Solvay, Cutco, and Napoleon Engineering. U.S. Rep. Tom Reed also attended to view the students’ projects.
Additional photos from the event can be viewed at St. Bonaventure's flickr account.
The 2015 Science Fair was our inaugural event, and it was a wonderful success! Thirty-six students from five area high schools competed on March 25.
Darienne Slocum from Portville Central School took first place with her project “Polymers and Drug Delivery System.” Slocum tested the capability of gel beads to absorb and retain common medicines, which could be beneficial in developing delivery systems for medicines based on their ability to slowly release drugs into the body.
Seth Sklar of Hinsdale took second place with his project “The Wind Tunnel” and Ronnie Lott of Portville took third place with his project “Blue Blood.”
Earning honorable mention awards were Sam Kellogg of Franklinville (“The Strength of Hydraulic Systems Using Different Density Substances”) and the Olean High team of Tori Gulnac, Peyton Kunselman, Saad Mirza, Adam Moses and Luke Rogers (“Marathon to the Sky”).
Participating schools included Archbishop Walsh, Franklinville, Hinsdale, Olean and Portville.
“For our inaugural event, I thought the students really did a fantastic job,” said Dr. David Hilmey, associate professor of chemistry and director of the science fair. “They should all be very proud of what they accomplished, and we’re so grateful to their teachers who helped facilitate their entry into the science fair.”
More photos from the 2015 Science Fair may be viewed at St. Bonaventure's flickr account.
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