Abundant in Southwest
On Saturday, February 2, 2013 over 450 students will participate in the Thomas Alva Edison Kiwanis Science and Engineering Fair. This will be the fifty-sixth year that public school, private school and home schooled students from Southwest Florida will be competing. The judging will be in the morning and early afternoon and the projects will be on display to the public beginning around 3:30 PM at the Florida Gulf Coast University Alico Arena.
The projects at this Regional Science Fair will already have won at their local school-level fairs and approximately 28 from the Regional Fair will go on to compete at the State Science Fair in 2013. Approximately four of this very select group will then go on to represent Southwest Florida at the International competition. The winners of the Regional Fair have, in recent years, received hundreds of thousands of dollars in college tuition at the regional, state and international competitions.
Another 20 or so middle school participants at the Regional Science Fair will be selected to join professors and scientist from Florida Gulf Coast University this summer for a Summer Research Opportunity that allows students to work directly on “real science” in laboratories and in the field.
Science does live in Southwest Florida and a whole new generation of Scientist, Engineers, Doctors and Mathematicians is being identified, groomed and underwritten by the Thomas Alma Edison Kiwanis Science and Engineering Fair on February 2, 2013.
Media representatives are encouraged to contact Jim Helms, Inventors Fair Co-Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements for access to the Fairs and for an inside look at this major Southwest Florida educational event and celebration.
The Thomas A. Edison Regional Science and Inventor Fairs (TAERSIF) Steering Committee works year-round to organize the Regional event that hosts more than 800 local students who have already won at their individual school Fairs. The Regional Fair and underwriting for student expenses for the Fairs is possible because of the support largely from the Fort Myers Kiwanis Club, Lee County Public Schools, Charlotte County Public Schools and strong support from The Edison Festival of Light, Florida Gulf Coast University, Hodges University, Edison State College, Newton Scholarships and numerous other partners such as The Edison & Ford Winter Estates, The Imaginarium, Sony Electronics and The Home Depot.