On Friday, February 22, starting at 9 a.m., the Infinity Energy Center will host the 2019 Gwinnett Science, Engineering + Innovation Fair. This year the fair celebrates its 41st anniversary with participation by Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) students from 46 middle and high schools including representation from all 19 clusters, two GCPS special entities, and five other non-GCPS schools that operate in Gwinnett County. In addition to project presentation and judging, this year’s event will include a college fair and breakout speakers from various STEM fields. Visitors are welcome to attend the public open house which begins at 5 p.m. and includes an elementary robotics showcase with more than 22 schools participating and a K-12 project exhibition, a shark-tank style product pitch competition, and a K-5 robotics expo. An awards ceremony will be held from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. to honor this year’s top projects.
The sponsors for this year’s gathering of science superstars include Presenting Sponsor— PCOM Georgia (Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine); Award and Innovation in Action Sponsor— Boehringer Ingelheim; Platinum Sponsors— Jackson EMC, Brace Family Foundation, and Broadcom Foundation; Gold Sponsor— Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; Breakout Sponsor— Georgia Gwinnett College; Silver Sponsors— Chick-fil-A Sugarloaf Corporate Center and Moore Road, GCPS Foundation, GCPS TV, Nordson, Code Ninjas; Bronze Sponsors— McFarland-Dyer & Associates, Mobile, Communications, MetroPower, Woodward & Curran, and Business X Radio.
This year, more than 400 projects, which placed first at the local school level, will represent the best of student research in Gwinnett County. These projects, spotlighting the creativity and innovation of more than 650 students, will be judged by Georgia professionals and scientists who will assess them on scientific quality, accuracy, creativity, and experimental design.
The high school and middle school students who earn first place at the Regional fair level competition will move to the next round— the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair— which will be held in Athens, Georgia, March 28– March 30.
The top projects then qualify for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, May 12– 17, in Phoenix, Arizona.
The following 46 schools will have students and projects competing this year:
For more information about the event or science education in Gwinnett County Public Schools, visit www.gwinnettsciencefair.com or contact Jessica Holden, GCPS director of Science, at 678-301-7036.
News media representatives are welcome to attend the event during the Project Exhibit which is open to the public at 5 p.m. and the awards ceremonies that begin at 7:30 p.m.