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CT-STEM Fair Announces This Year’s Keynote Speaker, Dr. Stormy Chamberlain

Largest Regional STEM Fair Affiliated with International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)

Nearly 500 people, students, judges, volunteers, and staff, will participate in the 19th Annual CT STEM Fair on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Amity Regional High School in Woodbridge.  This is the third year of the Fair’s International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) affiliation.  First place winners are eligible to represent Connecticut at the 2019 ISEF competition held in Phoenix, AZ from May 13th-17th, 2019.  The Fair is sponsored by the CT STEM Foundation, Inc. (www.ctstemfoundation.org).

Students from 15 schools in Fairfield and New Haven counties will participate in this year’s fair.  The CT-STEM Fair anticipates close to 200 team and individual projects this year.  Students are currently finalizing their research projects or research proposals so they can compete for over $8,000.00 in prizes.

This year’s keynote address will be given by Dr. Stormy Chamberlain, UCONN Health Science Center’s Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Genetics and Developmental Biology.  Dr. Chamberlain holds the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Endowed Assistant Professorship and is the recipient of the Women of Innovation award in Research and Leadership from the Connecticut Technology Council.

The Fair is seeking judges to help evaluate research projects on the day of the fair.  Volunteers with a background or expertise in a STEM field are invited to register online at http://ctstemfoundation.org/register-to-judge or email the judging coordinator directly at judges@snet.net.

The Connecticut STEM Foundation, Inc. is an all-volunteer non-profit organization.  Its mission is to foster interest among pre-college Connecticut students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  Our objective is to instill in them understanding and appreciation of the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics and to help them become scientists, citizen scientists, and enlightened citizens prepared to navigate a world in which STEM is ever more important.

CT STEM advocates for STEM and seeks to inspire and educate students, academics, parents and other members of communities in Fairfield and New Haven Counties.  The Connecticut STEM Fair is the Foundation’s flagship event.  In addition to sponsoring the Connecticut STEM Fair each year, the CT STEM Foundation has supported advanced teacher training, has held some extraordinary events for students to see the practical application of science via field trips and lectures, and has a scholarship program for high school seniors participating in the annual Fair.  This year we are initiating both a state-wide essay competition and a state-wide laboratory equipment donation program.  We are also initiating scholarship programs for summer study both for high school students and for middle school students.

The Connecticut STEM Fair was started in 2001 as the Westport Science and Engineering Fair.  Over the last 17 years it has grown in size and in its geographical reach to encompass schools in Fairfield and New Haven Counties.

In 2016 The Foundation became an affiliate of the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and selected 3 of the 2017 CT STEM Fair students to participate in ISEF.  This award is now the top prize awarded at the CT STEM Fair.

The Fair promotes critical thinking skills, and motivates students to pursue science and engineering after high school.

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