Some of Hudson County’s top young scholars are putting the finishing touches on their projects for the annual STEM Showcase.
The annual expo, sponsored by Jersey City Medical Center, is scheduled for March 13 at Liberty Science Center. More than 300 students who took home top prizes at their school’s individual showcases are expected to participate.
Participants in grades 5 through 12 will compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals. Two of the high school gold medalists will be selected as delegates for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in California this May.
Students in grades 6 through 8 are also eligible to earn a nomination to participate in the Broadcom Masters national competition in Washington D.C. in the fall.
Jersey City, the state’s second largest school district, will send 20 elementary and middle school students and 65 high school students to the showcase to compete. Their projects include studying Internet issues and formulating the “perfect diet.”
“I am amazed by the students’ intellectual ability to apply concepts learned in a classroom to seek solutions to real-world problems/situations,” science supervisor Manisha Shah said. “I believe that through project-based and scenario-based inquiry, educators are able to stimulate students’ thinking and challenge them to come up with creative way to devise a solution.”
Last year’s top high school winners were Christopher Frias of Union City High School and Jackson Weaver of McNair Academic High School. Weaver, a Harvard bound senior, is headed to the Regeneron Science Talent Search later this month.
The Bayonne School District is expected to submit 22 individual elementary level projects along with three team projects. Team projects were selected from summer sessions where students presented their work to a panel of judges, director of science Tara Degnan said.
Bayonne High School will be sending 14 individual projects and three team projects with guidance from the school’s veteran instructors Marie Aloia, Alex Kuziola, and Sandra Stamos.
The showcase, often referred to as the Hudson County science fair, was started 59 years ago by The Jersey Journal. Roughly 15,000 students have participated in the program since its inception.
Winners will be presented with their awards during a ceremony at New Jersey City University on March 28. The showcase is not open to the public.