A child in front of a display at the Science Fair

The 17th annual Southern Tier Scholastic Science Fair (STSSF) will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at SUNY Broome.

The STSSF is dedicated to encouraging the Southern Tier’s middle and high school students to pursue scientific and technological inquiries through individual and two-member team science projects. Co-sponsored by SUNY Broome, Lockheed Martin, Miller Auto, Raymond, IBM, UHS and the Triple Cities-NY Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Science Fair provides a forum for developing academic skills, such as becoming familiar with the scientific method, conducting an independent scientific investigation, speaking and preparing an organized display.

In addition to meeting with the judges and being considered for more than $2,000 in awards and prizes donated by local businesses and organizations, nearly 100 local students will have the opportunity to participate in two exciting workshops. Faculty and students from SUNY Broome and Binghamton University will conduct a morning workshop called Shrinking Plastics: The Amazing Journey of Polystyrene. In the afternoon, representatives from TechWorks and Broome-Tioga BOCES will guide students through a hands-on creative experience.

Family and friends are welcome to attend our awards ceremony scheduled to start around 2 p.m. in the Baldwin Gym. We are pleased to welcome our honored guests, who will help us to recognize and congratulate our student participants: Dr. Amy Brandt, Associate Vice President and Dean of Health Sciences and Distance Learning at SUNY Broome; Dr. Michele Snyder, Associate Vice President and Dean of STEM at SUNY Broome; Dr. Francis Battisti, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at SUNY Broome; Broome County Executive Jason Garnar; Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo; and New York State Senator Fred Akshar.

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