Delano Donk 10, of Hibiscus Elementary celebrates during last year’s fifth annual Science and Engineering Fair awards ceremony at the Betty T. Ferguson Center. Photo Credit: Patrick Farrell, Miami Herald
With science projects in tow, more than 150 elementary school students from 19 schools across Miami Gardens will converge on St. Thomas University during the sixth annual Science and Engineering Fair.
The event is one of many science-based initiatives from Councilman David Williams Jr., who has been praised for efforts in building science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs throughout schools in Miami Gardens.
“This event is unlike any other in that it helps to expose students to science, engineering and technology components that will inspire their young minds to seek future endeavors in these fields,” said Williams.
One of the university’s STEM role models, Provost Dr. Irma Becerra, said she is excited to continue to grow the event and to work with students from local schools who have an interest in STEM.
“It’s a great opportunity for students to visit our campus and meet our science faculty and students,” Becerra said. “It’s part of our responsibility to be leaders in STEM outreach to the community, and to foster a passion for the sciences in students. Through events like these we keep our youth interested in STEM, engage with our community, and promote higher learning.”
Faculty and students of STU’s School of Science will be among the judges talking and working with students during the event. Other judges include representatives from Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science; William Pino and Sara Fulton, members of both STU’s Science Advisory Board and the President’s Advisory Board, among others. Students will be competing for scholarship prizes ranging from $100 to $750, with over 15 awards and prizes being distributed.
The City Miami Gardens sixth annual Science and Engineering Fair starts Monday, Dec. 12, in STU’s School of Science at 8:30 a.m. The awards presentation will be held Tuesday, Dec. 13, in the Betty F. Ferguson Recreational Complex from 6:30 to 8 p.m.