Jacob Concolino participated as a poster judge at the Terra Western New York STEM Fair (TWNY-STEM Fair) with hopes of inspiring the scientists and engineers of tomorrow hosted by SUNY Buffalo State. Terra Science and Education aims to allow middle and high school students to conduct authentic scientific research as well as engineering practice, presenting their work and results with judges. Students are also allowed to present posters on scientific topics and judges evaluate their work and award them accordingly. Many of these students are awarded with invitations to present their work at the NY Science Congress, Genius Olympiad, and the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). The two highest-scoring students from the Terra Fair are awarded with invitations to compete at ISEF in Dallas, Texas, sponsored by Terra. The Western New York Fair serves Buffalo, NY and five surrounding counties: Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming.
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.
Studies have shown that the United States lags behind other countries in STEM education, specifically in underprivileged neighborhoods. The Kyriakidou group volunteered with Science is Elementary, a UB School of Engineering program designed to help share the fun of science, math, and engineering with the children of our community at Westminster Charter School in Buffalo.