Press Release: Edison Festival of Light Announces 2018 Official Poster Contest

FORT MYERS, FL (April 18, 2017) The Edison Festival of Light is calling for entries for the 2018 Official Poster in celebration of the  80th Anniversary of the Edison Festival to be held in February 10-18, 2018.  Artists and graphic designers are welcome to submit entries for the competition.  The art can be of any medium and must be a completely original concept not used in other posters, promotions, events organizations, or materials.    The deadline for submissions is at noon on June 15, 2017.

The Edison Festival of Light is the largest and longest running festival in Southwest Florida.  Designed to “Illuminate. Innovate. Celebrate.”, the Edison Festival recognizes  the inventions of Thomas Edison, along with his contributions to Fort Myers and Southwest Florida.  The artwork should represent the activities and events of the Edison Festival, the contributions and/or images of Thomas Edison, and imagery of Fort Myers and Southwest Florida.  The poster is used for advertising the festival and in merchandising products and opportunities.  Entries will be considered based on concept, artistic imagery, visual presentation, and merchandising opportunities.

Detailed information on the contest rules and submission methods can be found at this link.

Designed to “Illuminate. Innovate. Celebrate.” , the Edison Festival of Light, Inc. honors Thomas Alva Edison’s contributions to mankind including Southwest Florida, and seeks to improve the community by education and activities relating to Edison’s works and values. For more information, visit or call 239-334-2999. Become a fan by following us on Facebook ( and Twitter and Instagram (@edisonfestival).  The Edison Festival of Light is a member of the Florida Festivals and Events Association and the International Festivals and Events Association.


Lee County Students Qualify for the International Science Fair

The Thomas Alva Edison Regional Science & Inventors Fair is excited to announce that Lee County students have qualified for the International Science Fair. The TAERSIF organized events are a sanctioned part of the Edison Festival of Light each year and highlight the talented minds of some of our area’s brightest students.

The following students received top honors at the Thomas Alva Edison Regional Science and Engineering Fair and at the 62nd Annual State Science and Engineering Fair, and now their projects qualify to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, CA in May.

Dahlia Dry of Fort Myers High School, is a 10th grader in the IB program.  She designed and conducted her project on her own.  Her project, “Looking into the Past for Insight on the Future: Predictive Analytics and Data Science for Time Series Data”, uses data generated with a Raspberry pi and then adapted a financial projection program to see if she could predict wind shifts in a more localized area.  Dahlia is an avid competitive sailor and is interested in predicting wind shifts for sailing.  She placed 3rd in the State Science Fair, she is a State Finalist and an FGCU Scholarship recipient.

Jash Patel, Ethan Leung & Shaan Chaudhari of Fort Myers High School, placed 4th, in Physics & Astronomy (Senior Division), at the State Science Fair.  All three young men are in the IB program at Fort Myers High, they each won FGCU Scholarships for their project, “Effects of Neodymium Magnetic Fields in Rhizochlonium Algae”.  The project used small, but powerful, neodymium magnets to generate a magnetic field around growing algae.  Their project also placed 2nd Runner Up in the Physical Science Division.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), a program of Society for Science & the Public (the Society), is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition.

Each year, approximately 1,800 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions, and territories are awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for on average $4 million in prizes.

Intel ISEF unites these top young scientific minds, showcasing their talents on an international stage, where doctoral level scientists review and judge their work.

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