MCLA to Host 7th Annual High School Science Fair


NORTH ADAMS, MA - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will host the 7th Annual Massachusetts Region 1 High School Science and Engineering Fair on Friday, March 11, in the MCLA Amsler Campus Center gymnasium. 

The public is invited to attend a viewing of this year's projects, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., and to attend a presentation by the keynote speaker, Tyler Fairbank, chief executive officer of EOS Ventures, a renewable energy company.   

More than 100 students from 11 schools in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties will participate and present their work in the areas of biology, behavioral and social science, biochemistry, botany, chemistry, computer science, earth and space science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, medicine, microbiology, physics and zoology.   

The students' projects will be judged on several criteria, including scientific approach, innovation and creativity, and presentation. Forty finalists will be selected to advance to the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair, to be held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in May, where they will have an opportunity to advance to the International Science and Engineering Fair. 

The Region 1 Science and Engineering Fair is a program of the Berkshire STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Pipeline, and is organized by Mindy Chapman at MCLA. 

The goal of the Pipeline is to build a connection between higher education, local schoolchildren in grades K-12, businesses and non-profit agencies, and to see that all students are educated in STEM fields. The Pipeline also aims to enable youth to pursue post-secondary degrees or careers in these areas, and to raise their awareness of the benefits associated with an increased statewide focus on STEM.