By Christina Nickolas
If one of your goals for 2013 is giving back to your community I would recommend for you to volunteer at a science fair. The following is a brief list for some popular science events going on this year. The website www.volunteermatch.org also provides more opportunites in which you can search by location, date, ect.
*National Engineers week
This year’s National Engineers week (www.eweek.org) is held February 17-23. If you are interested in volunteering, there are so many events going on during that week so click on http://www.eweek.org/GetInvolved/Spotlight.aspx to find out what is going on locally in your area.
Celebrate Science at the 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival, the largest celebration of science and engineering in the United States! The 3rd Science Festival will kick off with nationwide school programs, contests and events year-round, and culminate in a 2-day Grand Finale Expo on April 26-27, 2014 at the Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Sneak Peek Friday will take place on April 25 – registration info for schools will be provided soon.
More info: http://www.usasciencefestival.org/index.php
Its mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, plus inspire innovation and foster well-rounded life capabilities. Read Jim Harrison article “You need to know about FIRST “ (http://www2.electronicproducts.com/You_need_to_know_about_FIRST-article-FAJH_FIRST_Dec2012-html.aspx)
And volunteer. More info at: http://www.first.org/
*Tri-County Science & Technology Fair
The 20th annual Tri-County Science & Technology Fair will occur on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at White Plains High School. My experience with this science fair event can be read here, http://www.eebeat.com/?p=577
If you are able to judge go to the link to pre-register go to the link: http://tinyurl.com/tcsf-judges-form
Is a two-day, family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement which is held in various countries and US states, visit http://makerfaire.com/
In the Bay Area it will be held May 18th & 19th at the San Mateo Event Center and in New York it will be held September 21st & 22nd at the New York Hall of Science.
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition which provides a forum for more than 1,500 high school students from about 70 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research. Scheduled dates can be found at http://www.societyforscience.org/isef/about
Brookhaven National Laboratories in Upton, NY offers various science fair events and other educational programs which can be found on their website at http://www.bnl.gov/education/events.asp