Salem County students showed off their high level of scientific research and design at the 29th annual Chambers Works Salem County Science Fair. Held on March 2 at Salem Community College, the Science Fair showcased the work of more than 350 students in grades 5-12 -- future leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
The top-placing students will have the opportunity to win from a pool of over $6.3 million in scholarships, along with over 600 special awards, at Delaware Valley’s Regional Science Fair in April.
“Throughout today, students had the opportunity to discuss their science projects with knowledgeable judges and receive recognition for their work,” said Nancy Anderson, Salem Community College’s coordinator of special programs and coordinator of Partners in Education. “Along with receiving in-depth evaluation of their ideas from the industries’ best, students were exposed to research in all the scientific categories. The experience of high-level competition generated by the Science Fair will stay with these students long after they return to their classrooms.
“The science teachers of Salem County provide immeasurable support to these students cultivating and fueling their passion for the sciences,” she said. “Their commitment to teaching and empowering the students has helped bring us here today.”
The fair was sponsored by the Chambers Works companies, led by Chemours. Both Dr. Amutha and Mike Ashworth helped coordinate the day by overseeing judge recruitment. Dr. Jeyarajasingam was the master of ceremonies for the awards ceremony.
“Chemours’ sponsorship fuels this event and enables us to continue to inspire the youth of South Jersey to pursue futures in the sciences,” said Anderson.
The judges represented Chemours, DuPont, AmeriCorps, Rowan University, PSEG, Mannington, Campbell Soup, A.T. Buzby Farm, Clean Harbors, Wilmington University, Atlantic Cape Community College and other local businesses that freely give their time and share their experience.
Salem Community College Associate Dean John Steiner emceed an hour-long program highlighting SCC's scientific and art programs. Scientific Glass Technology Instructional Chair Bob Russell wowed the crowd with a flameworking demonstration and Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Natalie van Breukelen shared slides of her field research in Costa Rica.
Caption: Salem Community College Scientific Glass Technology Instructional Chair Bob Russell conducts a flameworking demonstration for more than 350 students at the 29th annual Chambers Works Salem County Science Fair on March 2 at Salem Community College.