Bruce Museum hosts Phenomenon: Science Innovation Fair

Greenwich High School students present their science projects

Student scientists from the area have excelled at state, national and even international science competitions in recent years. To support these efforts and provide an opportunity for the community to see some of this innovative work, the Bruce Museum is presenting the second annual Phenomenon: Science Innovation Fair on Friday, June 3, from 5-8 p.m. Twelve Greenwich High School students will present their science projects in a competitive presentation open to the public. The 2015 Google International Science Fair winner, Olivia Hallisey of Greenwich High School, will be the keynote speaker at the awards ceremony.

This year’s Science Fair participants are investigating topics that range from cancer treatments to solar energy efficiencies and from helping honey bees to developing tattoos to detect atherosclerosis. Judging of the projects will take place from 5-7 p.m. The public is invited to meet the students, learn about their research, and vote for their favorite project.

The awards ceremony begins at 7:15 p.m. with an introduction by Curator of Science Dr. Daniel Ksepka and brief keynote address by Olivia Hallisey, who will discuss her experience as a young scientist and winner of last year’s international top prize at the Google Science Fair. Hallisey’s invention of a new way to test for Ebola eliminates the need for refrigeration and allows a diagnosis to be quick, low-cost and portable. Hallisey was named one of Time magazine’s 2015 list of 30 most influential teens and has been honored with a reception at the White House.

Judges for Phenomenon: Innovation Science Fair are Dr. Donald B. Hoffman, Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Laboratory Director at CT Clinical Services in New Haven, Connecticut; Dr. Sarah Goldin,member of the STEM Faculty of the Innovation Lab at Greenwich High School; and  Dr. Stephen Myers, applied physicist and retired biomedical instrument entrepreneur.  Cash prizes will go to the top two research projects, based on scientific achievement as well as presentation, and to the top people’s choice.

Admission to the science fair is free, but seating is limited.  Doors open at 5 pm to view the exhibits, awards ceremony 7 to 8 p.m., and refreshments will be served. Reservations are suggested; call 203-413-6756 or email [email protected].

GHS student Paul Hansel discusses his scientific research project with judges at last year’s Phenomenon: Science Innovation Fair. Photo by Cynthia Ehlinger/ Bruce Museum

GHS student Paul Hansel discusses his scientific research project with judges at last year’s Phenomenon: Science Innovation Fair. Photo by Cynthia Ehlinger/ Bruce Museum

Olivia Hallisey, 2015 Google International Science Fair winner, will speak at the Bruce Museum Phenomenon: Science Innovation Fair awards ceremony. Photo by Marilyn Roos

Olivia Hallisey, 2015 Google International Science Fair winner, will speak at the Bruce Museum Phenomenon: Science Innovation Fair awards ceremony. Photo by Marilyn Roos

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