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.

This news story was originally posted at http://www.leeschools.net/news?ID=3FB5A367-FCD1-469C-8923-F037F365DFDA

2015 IFEA Pinnacle Award Winner

ifea pinnacle awards

Each year, the International Festivals & Events Association recognizes outstanding accomplishments and top quality creative, promotional, operational and community outreach programs and materials produced by festivals and events around the world, with the Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Competition.

This prestigious awards competition strives for the highest degree of excellence in festival and event promotions and operations, and in doing so, has raised the standards and quality of the festivals and events industry to new levels. The Edison Festival of Light is excited to have been awarded in two categories this year, along with our event partners that helped to make 2015 such a success.

Best Educational Program – STEMtastic Day of Discovery
Foundation for Lee County Public Schools and FPL

Best Event/Program within an Event to Benefit a Cause – Building for America’s Bravest
Galloway Family of Dealerships