MEDIA ADVISORY: FROM REMOVING POLLUTION FROM WASTE WATER TO MAKING AN ARTIFICIAL HIP… NEW HAVEN STUDENTS ARE CHANGING THE WORLD WITH SCIENCE!

 
MEDIA ADVISORY
Contact:
Latrice Hampton 475-220-1063  (NHPS)
Nicole Salvatore (203)-721-4804 (GNHCC)
Richard Therrien, Science Supervisor, (203) 946-7933
 
FROM REMOVING POLLUTION FROM WASTEWATER to MAKING AN ARTIFICIAL HIP… New Haven Students are CHANGING THE WORLD WITH SCIENCE!
 
22nd annual citywide New Haven Science Fair draws 245 projects
 
(NEW HAVEN) – How can you design an artificial hip? How do worms help reduce your trash? How does your personality affect your mood? How can we remove agriculture pollution from wastewater? How might acid rain affect the earth’s climate? How does listening to music help students on a test? The answers to these questions and many others will be on display May 17 and 18 at the New Haven Science Fair at Yale Commons Hall at Woolsey Hall (168 Grove Street).
 
The best media stories are available on Tuesday, May 17, 9:45am – 12:10 pm at Yale Commons during the judging, as the University Commons transforms into a beehive of activity, with nearly  600 out of the 7,600 NHPS students submitting their most scientific work to date. Projects this year reflect current events about health issues, student learning, technology, the natural world, and the environment, as well as students’ own interests. Interviews and assistance navigating newsworthy projects are available at the registration desk from Richard Therrien, NHPS Science Supervisor and Jack Crane, Science Fair Project Director.
 
Just think. You might also learn:
v    Can you charge your cell phone with a fruit?
v    Does music help you do school work?
v     How efficient are hydroelectric turbines?
v     What are nanoribbons used for?
v     Is organic fertilizer better for seeds?
v     Can we use seaweed to make batteries?
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More than 7,600 public school students from three year olds in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade participate every year—with nearly 630 students on-hand to explain the science behind their projects for judges on May 17th. In the first round, students prepare and present projects at their schools, with younger grades working together as a class and older students working in small groups or individually. Each school selected the projects that will be on display. All 29 K-8 schools and 5 high schools are represented at this year’s citywide fair.
 
The New Haven Science Fair started in 1995 with participation by seven public schools. In the years since, it has expanded to include almost all of the schools in the system. The goal of the Science Fair is to work with children and their teachers at all grade levels, helping them carry out investigative, hands-on projects that will promote skills in critical thinking and communication. More than 70 mentors worked with the students on projects, and nearly 170 judges from local universities, corporations, non-profit agencies and the community will be evaluating the projects. In addition, numerous schools held Family Science Nights throughout the year to engage parents and the community.
 
The students will be recognized during a special ceremony at Sheffield Sterling Strathcona (SSS) Hall on the corner of Prospect and Grove Street from 6:30– 9 pm on Wednesday, May 18. More than 60 first, second and third place awards will be given, as well as more than 20 special awards sponsored by local organizations and individuals.
 
Full schedule below.
 
The New Haven Science Fair program is truly a partnership involving businesses, universities, associations, foundations, and private citizens, working with the New Haven Public Schools’ teachers, students and administrators, and the students’ parents. Funding for the 2016 Fair comes from the New Haven Public Schools, Yale University: Office of New Haven & State Affairs, and Pathways to Science, Alexion Pharmaceuticals,  Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Boehringer Ingelheim (BI Cares Foundation), Bristol Myers Squibb,  CRISP (SCSU),  New Haven Manufacturers Association,  Medtronic/Covidian, Pfizer Inc., Science Park Development Corp ., Southern Connecticut State University, Target Corporation, The Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, UIL Holdings Corporation: United Illuminating and Southern CT Gas,  and   The Watershed Fund  and is coordinated by the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce.

New Haven Public Schools is committed to providing cutting edge STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs and curriculum in order to prepare students for further education and careers.  We believe that all kids can learn, achieve, and rise to a bright future.  Our New Haven School Change Initiative and Science Fair Program helps empower students to achieve success in college, career and life through purposeful, supportive and meaningful learning experiences. Our purpose is to provide an outstanding education that extends beyond graduation and prepares our students to be the next generation of leaders, innovators and problem-solvers.

 NEW HAVEN SCIENCE FAIR SCHEDULE

Yale Commons at Woolsey Hall (corner of College and Grove Street)
 
Monday, May 16, 2016
4:30 – 7:00pm: Pre-judging. No students present.
 
Tuesday, May 17
9:45am – 12:10 pm: Judges interview students with their projects (invitation only)
(PUBLIC NOT ALLOWED)
 
1:00pm –6:00pm: Public viewing
 
Wednesday, May 18
9:00am – 7:00pm: Public viewing
6:30pm – 9:00pm: Awards ceremony
 
Note to press: The best times to catch the excitement of the citywide New Haven Fair are during the final judging between 10am and 12pm on Tuesday, May 12 at Yale Commons at Woolsey Hall, 168 Grove Street and during the Awards Ceremony on the evening of May 13 at Sheffield Sterling Strathcona Hall, 114 Prospect Street.
 
Please introduce yourself as invited press at the front desk in Commons upon arrival for any assistance in navigating the projects.
A full list of projects can be provided at that time (or in advance if requested).