Tala Mon, Ruth Bello, and Dr. Kyriakidou participated in the Terra Rochester Finger Lakes Science and Engineering Fair (TRFSEF) as judges for a 2nd year! The Rochester Finger Lakes Fair is sponsored by Terra Science and Education which seeks to provide middle school and high school students with the opportunity to engage in authentic scientific research. The Terra fair also helps students from underrepresented communities to engage in STEM and encourage them to consider technical careers. Students with winning projects also get the opportunity to present their work and findings in subsequent competitions such as the Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS) NY Science Congress and the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Moreover, students from the Terra Fair can also be awarded with promotion to competition at the Genius Olympiad International, which is another international competition, sponsored by Terra.
Dr. Kyriakidou served as a poster judge at the Terra Rochester Finger Lakes Science and Engineering Fair (TRFSEF) with a goal to inspire the scientists and engineers of tomorrow. Terra Science and Education seeks to provide middle and high school students with the opportunity to engage in authentic scientific research or engineering practice and to share their experiences and findings with others in this international science and engineering fair (ISEF). The Rochester Finger Lakes Fair serves Rochester, NY and nine surrounding counties: Monroe, Wayne, Ontario, Seneca, Yates, Steuben, Livingston, Schuyler, and Chemung. Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, and Wyoming counties also participated in this year’s fair.
The Kyriakidou group volunteered with Science is Elementary, a UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences program to bring scientists and engineers to classrooms in Buffalo to do structured, hands-on science experiments. The group visited first-grade classrooms at Highgate Heights Elementary as well as a third-grade classroom at Westminster Charter School, helping to share the fun of science, math, and engineering with the children.
Dr. Kyriakidou engaged with high-school students during the 77th Western New York Regional Science and Engineering Fair (WNYRSEF) and encouraged them in the development of interests and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. WNYRSEF is open to students in grades 5 – 12 from five WNY counties (Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, and Wyoming). Students at the WNYRSEF demonstrate their scientific talents and compete for medals, monetary awards, and advancement to state and international fairs.