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Carver Fair encourages young scientists

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My Le, a 12th-grader at Philadelphia’s Central High School, explains her project, “Species Concept,” to judges Richard Riddell (center) and Bryan Cottrell during the Carver Science Fair.

The 26th annual George Washington Carver Science Fair, held March 8, brought more than 350 Philadelphia public, parochial, private, charter and home-schooled children in grades 7–12 to Temple.

They competed in more than a dozen categories, including botany, engineering, mathematics, biochemistry, computer science, medicine and other scientific areas.

The top three winners from grades 7–8, 9–10, and 11–12 in each category were presented with the George Washington Carver Science Medal, while the top winners in each category will represent the Carver Fair at the Delaware Valley Science Fair in April.


In addition to the student awards, the annual George Washington Carver Award was presented to Temple electrical and computer engineering associate professor John Helferty for his volunteer work with Philadelphia-area high schools students.

Helferty
Helferty

Helferty conducts an introductory summer electrical engineering class for high school students in which they design and build autonomous robots, serves as executive director of Temple’s Engineering Explorers Post of the Boy Scouts of America, and has been the adviser and team leader for a number of Philadelphia-area high schools in the FIRST robotics competition.

By Preston M. Moretz

 

 


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