Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray recognized Dr. John Schneeweis, a Massachusetts physician and proud father of two former Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair competitors, for his dedicated involvement with STEM education at the Annual STEM Summit this morning.
Dr. Schneeweis, who works as a family physician in Leominster, has helped to mentor Wachusett Regional High School students working on science research projects. His own daughter and son won recognition at their respective MA Science & Engineering Fairs at MIT (in 2007 and 2010). Dr. Schneeweis’s daughter is currently a college student, and his son is finishing high school.
Dr. Schneeweis believes it’s vital that students learn to present ideas in a logical way and develop the skill of critical thinking. “Both are skills vital to success in the future,” he says.
More good reasons for students to participate in science fairs: In September, the Afterschool Alliance released a new report assessing the impact of STEM learning in afterschool programs. “STEM Learning in Afterschool: An Analysis of Impact and Outcomes” found that the nation’s urgent need for students to learn science, technology, engineering and math skills can get a significant boost from afterschool programs. Specifically, attending high-quality STEM afterschool programs results in improved attitudes toward STEM fields and careers, increased STEM knowledge and skills, a higher likelihood of graduation among students.
Winners from among 10,000 entrants in the first-ever Google Science Fair received a once-in-a-lifetime prize: A trip to the Oval Office to meet with the President of the United States. The three students — all girls, ranging in age from 14-17 — also met EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and Dr. John Holdren, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Ever wondered what the effect of cheese might be on your dreams? Rebekah Anderson did, and created a winning science fair project investigating that question.
Toxic solvents used in dry cleaning may be hazardous to your health. That’s the finding of Alexa Dantzler, who examined the health impact of dry cleaning as part of a science fair project when she was 15.
Interested in a microbial fuel cell? Or an app that predicts tornadoes coming? Are you curious about the effect of nicotine on memory? Or if “green” detergents less toxic? All these and nearly 300 other exciting and life-saving research projects were showcased today at the 62nd Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair (MSSEF) at MIT.
Students compete for $500,000 in scholarships and prizes at the 62nd statewide Science & Engineering Fair at MIT. See the winning projects!