Isaac Dever, a student at Oak Intermediate School, New Boston Local School District participated in the State Science Day where he received the rating of Superior for his Bridge Truss Design Project. More than 1,267 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students in grades 5–12 exhibited their projects at the 65th annual State Science Day on Saturday, May 11 hosted by The Ohio State University in the French Field House, Columbus, Ohio. The STEM scholars—from 279 cities and 301 schools in 71 counties—competed for more than $4.5 million in scholarships and awards.
State Science Day is to STEM education as a state championship game is to athletics. More than 1,000 judges evaluated student-originated, inquiry- and technologically-based projects and the communication skills of the students who advanced to the state-level competition from 16 district science days.
Since 1949, local, district, and State Science Days have comprised Ohio’s largest and most far- reaching STEM education program producing graduates who pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. More than 65,000 students have participated in the annual event.
The Ohio Academy of Science, American Electric Power, The Ohio Environmental Education Fund, Boehringer Ingelheim Roxane, Inc., and Battelle, sponsored State Science Day. The Ohio State University Office of Extended Education coordinated the event locally.
“Ohio’s innovation economy is tied directly to the mastery of science and mathematics, the pillars of STEM education sought by State Science Day students,” said Ohio Governor John Kasich. “The Governor’s Thomas Edison Awards further reinforce the importance we place on research and development in energy, advanced materials, agriculture and food technology, biotechnology, information technology and a clean environment,” he continued.
“We are honored to welcome so many of our state’s most talented young researchers to our campus,” said Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee. “By engaging young minds, we are nurturing the seeds from which Ohio’s future economic prosperity will grow.”
“Inspiring the next generation of STEM leaders is critically important to our community and our nation, “said Battelle President and CEO Jeff Wadsworth. “Battelle is committed to supporting programs that encourage young people to put their STEM studies into practice, such as Ohio’s State Science Day, as demonstrated by our 50-plus employees served as judges, and our financial support of this important event.”
“STEM is a bridge to our future linked by the spans of technology and engineering that rest on the foundations of science and mathematics,” says Lynn Elfner, CEO of The Ohio Academy of Science.