Two members of the Department of Scientific Computing participated as volunteers for the Capital Regional Science and Engineering Fair (CRSEF), held Friday, February 12th at Tully Gym on FSU’s campus. Assistant professor Bryan Quaife and SC postdoc Lindley Graham served as judges for the fair.

The CRSEF is a collaboration between Jefferson, Leon and Wakulla County schools and Florida State University. The participants create science projects at their respective middle and high schools, and the winners go on to higher level competitions at a regional, then state level. Participating students submitted research on a wide variety of topics, including animal sciences, environmental engineering, plant sciences, physics, astronomy, chemistry, earth and environmental science, intelligent machines, robotics, systems software and biomedical and health sciences.

“The CRSEF offers an opportunity for future scientists to receive encouragement and feedback early in their education. The quality of this year’s posters is a positive testament of the quality of the next generation of scientists and engineers,” said Quaife. Graham added, “Another positive note was the large number of demographics that are often underrepresented in STEM fields.”

The organizers asked judges to indicate which grades they wanted to review and which science categories they felt qualified to judge. Participating students were on hand to explain their research and talk about their process.

Winners of the competition are slated to compete in the upcoming State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida STEM Competition on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 in Lakeland, Florida.

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