3rd Annual Science and Engineering Fair December 9-10

For the 3rd year in a row, St. Thomas University is co-hosting this award-winning event on campus with an increasing participation of students interested in science. City of Miami Gardens’ Councilman David Williams Jr., Seat 5, originally conceptualized the event, becoming one of the beacon projects in the community. Dean of Science, Technology and Engineering Management Wim Steelant has been steadily expanding community outreach, aware of the widening gap between the U.S. and other countries in the area of science and engineering. “This coming week, students in grades K-12 will learn about the college experience in science, engineering, and technology. Our program components  will inspire them to seek future endeavors in these fields of study”, said the Dean.  

2013 Participants from the Innovative Beginnings in Science (IBIS) Programs include: Golden Glades Elementary School, Crestview Elementary School, Scott Lake Elementary School, Rainbow Park Elementary School, Parkview Elementary School, Carol City Elementary School, Hibiscus Elementary School, Barbara Hawkins Elementary School, and Carol City High School. Students first submit their projects at the school level for judging. There are two requirements for participation: (1) Compete on a school level and be selected as one of the top five participants and (2) Engage male participation (father, brother, uncle, cousin, teacher, or friend) during the development, implementation, and creation of the project. The top five scoring projects at the school level will automatically be entered into the City of Miami Gardens Science and Engineering Fair for judging and ranking at the citywide level. 

Over 100 students from schools in Miami Gardens are expected to participate for cash prizes ranging from $25 – $500; the winning potential could be $1,000 for the student and $350 for the school for the most unique project. Judges from various fields will critique student projects and the top five students will be recognized with cash prizes. The event itself is set for Monday, December 9, 2013 with the Science and Engineering Fair Competition, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m on campus. We invite the St. Thomas community to join our future leaders in the Fair Awards Presentation to be held Tuesday, December 10 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex, 3000 NW 199th Street, Miami Gardens, FL.