For 28 consecutive years, TWU has hosted a science fair for local children in kindergarten through eighth grade, taking it upon themselves to help kids foster a love for science starting at an early age.
Project coordinator Christa Phipps said: “I think it’s just a great event that we can reach out to the kids in the neighborhood and show them what TWU is about. It really promotes STEM projects and that’s what we want to see. It helps kids with their creativity and just promotes STEM ideas.”
The science fair is hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Chemistry and Biology departments. The science fair will be held Sat., April 8, at Pioneer Hall and typically sees 200 to 250 participants. Trophies will be awarded to first and second place winners in each grade for “Best in Grade” and to one winner per division for “Best in Class.” Participants are asked to use the scientific method to conduct an experiment and then display their findings on a tri-fold poster board for judges to view.
Phipps said: “Just because of the time limits that we have right now we don’t have time for each judge to go by and interview each student. We would love to do that and maybe in the future if we can find a way for judges to have more time for each student we can. But for now the kids will be busy with a scavenger hunt and magic show so our judges can go by and look at their projects. Afterwards they can put it on our viewing table and judges can come by and ask them questions.”
In 2016, some of the award winning projects included Ruhani Ahluwalia’s “Trojan Horse Carries Magic Bullets to Kill Cancer Cells” and Quan Le’s “The Optimal Solar Cell.” TWU looks forward to the projects kids will present this year and acknowledges the Science Fair could not take place without the support of volunteers.
Phipps added: “A big part is just the volunteers, the faculty and staff that we have, it’s not at all possible without the volunteers, we have almost 120 volunteers and we appreciate them.”
TWU’s faculty and staff make up half the volunteers at the Science Fair acting mostly as judges. The other half of the volunteer force is composed of TWU students who help run the event and judge participant projects.