A student participant in the 2017 STEM fair hosted by Norwich University. (Photo by Mark Collier.)

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University will once again host this year’s Vermont Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Fair on Saturday, March 30. The day-long event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., anchored in Norwich’s state-of-the-art science complex, Bartoletto Hall, with an awards ceremony in Plumley Armory starting at 3 p.m.

Free and open to the public, the fair showcases the work of Vermont public, private and homeschool students in grades 5-12 who have won local science and math fair competitions. The students will display projects that tackle questions and pose solutions arising from the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The event marks the only state-wide STEM fair for middle and high school students, and because of its scope and prizes, it is the premier STEM competition for grades 5-12 in Vermont.

Each accepted project at the state-wide fair will be independently evaluated by at least three judges over the course of the morning to determine winners for medals, cash, trips to competitions beyond Vermont and scholarships.

About 50 volunteer judges will be on hand. They include industry scientists and engineers, secondary education faculty, medical professionals, military personnel, retirees and other science-related professionals from across Vermont. All hold advanced degrees or have extensive experience in STEM fields.

Students compete for more than $10,000 in cash and prizes and $17,000 in trip awards and expenses donated by local organizations and $500,000 in scholarships to Vermont colleges. The fair is also affiliated with the International Science and Engineering Fair, and five other national and international competitions, which award additional prizes.

“The Vermont STEM Fair provides a great opportunity for aspiring scientists to explore research ideas with guidance and mentoring from their teachers and parents. The fair is also a gateway to national and international science and engineering competitions,” Dr. Richard Milius, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, VSTEMF co-director said. “The fair organizers are grateful to Norwich University for hosting this event for so many years. Promoting hands-on science is part of Norwich’s long tradition of leadership in experiential education.”

VSTEM, sponsored by the Vermont Principals’ Association, is an all-volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)(3) education organization supported by Norwich University and more than 100 other Vermont organizations, colleges and industry partners, all sharing the common vision to excite young Vermont minds about the STEM fields and the opportunities available to them to complete their STEM education and careers in Vermont.

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This event is free and open to the public.

About Vermont Principals’ Association

The Vermont Principals’ Association is a nonprofit alliance of education leaders who collaborate on mentoring, professional development and networking while overseeing Vermont’s co-curricular activities. The VPA coordinates the collective interests and needs of school leaders and enhances their professional growth and competency to help improve the quality of education for Vermont’s youth.


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