For Immediate Release
JANUARY 6, 2020
Celebrating 53 Years of the Tomoka Regional Science and Engineering Fair
DAYTONA BEACH — Volusia County Schools will host and celebrate the 53rd Tomoka Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday, January 25th, at Stetson University’s Hollis Center, Bert Fish Drive, DeLand. The fair features student science and engineering research projects from our area middle schools, high schools, charter schools, and private schools. There will be a public viewing from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. and the awards ceremony begins at 3:30 p.m. in Elizabeth Hall, North Woodland Blvd. There is no admission charge.
Thousands of students participated in student designed science and engineering research at their schools. Local schools send delegates to the regional fair to compete among their peers and for a chance to be selected to the State Science and Engineering Fair in March. The Junior Division (Middle School) is now affiliated with a national competition – Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars). The top Junior Division projects will represent the regional fair in this national competition. This begins with an online application of the student’s research. The top thirty in the nation are provided a trip to Washington, D.C. to compete against each other. The Senior Division is now affiliated with the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) for the first time in over a decade. In May, the top high school project will make the journey to Anaheim, California for ISEF 2020 to compete with students from all over the world!
The longevity of the Tomoka Regional Science and Engineering Fair can be attributed to the support of volunteer judges that come from local colleges and universities, as well as many professional firms in the fields of engineering and healthcare. Support also comes in the form of special awards for the students from local businesses each year. For example, the Da Vinci Award of $2,000 has been awarded to the top engineering project, judged by the Daytona Beach Chapter of the Florida Engineering Society. This year, all first-place category winners will receive fifty dollars, thanks to a continued donation from the Manatee Festival Committee.
For more information, contact Jeremy Blinn, Secondary Science Curriculum Specialist, (386) 734-7190, extension 20553.
Frank FitzGerald, Community Information Specialist
Community Information Services
Volusia County Schools
386-734-7190, ext 20234