Volusia County Schools will host and celebrate the 52nd Tomoka Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday, January 26, at our new location, Stetson University's Hollis Center on Bert Fish Drive in 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 to 2:30 p.m. The awards ceremony begins at 3:30 p.m. in Lee Chapel at 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 longevity of the Tomoka Regional Science and Engineering Fair can be attributed to the support of volunteer judges that come from local college 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. Again this year, all first-place category winners will receive one hundred dollars, thanks to a continued donation from the Manatee Festival Committee.
For more information, contact Jeremy Blinn, Secondary Science Curriculum Specialist at (386) 734-7190 extension 20686.