Transylvania County Schools Announces New Science Expo
Taking a traditional science fair and display of projects as its starting point, Transylvania County Schools has recently announced the new A. Mickey Church Science Expo for Thursday, February 2nd. This new program takes place for one hour only, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Rogow Room at the Transylvania County Library. The hour will go by quickly, filled with student and teacher conversations designed to engage all interested members of the public with scientific inquiry taking place at every level of the community's public schools. Refreshments will be served.
Many middle and high school students have completed projects this year, which are headed once more for regional and state awards. Students in the TIME science research program complete original projects in areas from cancer research to ground-breaking plant and animal science. In recent years, TIME students from Brevard and Rosman High have garnered state and national awards for their original research. (To learn more, visit www.time4realscience.org.) Adding to the excitement of a traditional judged science fair, however, is the new, one-hour event format with a room filled with interactive displays that actively involve elementary, middle and high-school students representing their achievements in science and technology. The state-tournament Robotics team from Brevard Middle School will demonstrate their "Scare-Bear" device which may revolutionize how trash cans are designed to ward off curious wild animals. Robotics club members at every elementary school will be on hand to demonstrate their new problem-solving and design skills.
AIG Math and 4-H Club students from Rosman Elementary will display and discuss their new math and science activities, along with 3-D printing designers from T.C. Henderson School of Science and Technology. The public will have another chance to interact with students from the "Vector Patrol," a program bringing middle and high-school scientists into partnership with university researchers statewide, including Dr. Brian Byrd and the vector-borne disease research program at Western Carolina University. Rosman Middle School will have several new tech items from the Media Center for students to display, as well as science projects from toothpick bridges to high-tech egg drop demonstrations. Rosman High School students will represent their Southern Appalachian Nature Expeditions club, which partners with NC State University in invertebrate and water quality research. No reservations required for this presentation, which is open to the public. For more information on the Science Expo and science fair regulations, visit the TCS website: www.tcsnc.org/expo.
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