2020 Tri-County Science and Technology Fair
In a time when many events have been cancelled, leaving students gravely disappointed, the organizers of the Tri-County Science & Technology Fair were able to adjust their plans and host the first digital event of its kind. The science fair, founded in 1990 by the volunteer organization The Putnam Children’s Discovery Center, is the only fair in NY that hosts regional competitions for students in K-12.
The online event attracted almost 200 students who gave pre-recorded video presentations of their original science research. The students used technology to record themselves giving an oral presentation of their digital posters and then answering preset questions about their original research.
Westlake junior Aimee Holland won 3rd Place in Earth & Space Science. Aimee conducted her original research "Establishing a Baseline Rate of Cosmic Microspherule Deposition" at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, NY.
Westlake science teacher Lawrence McIntyre, who founded the Science Research program in Mount Pleasant nearly a decade ago, said it was a great learning experience, “While we all missed the entire experience of a live event, we certainly learned new skills that will come in handy in the future. I applaud all the hard work of the Westlake competitors, and congratulate Aimee in particular for bringing home a medal for Westlake!”
Mr. McIntyre would like to express his appreciation to the Board of Education, Dr. Kurtis Kotes, Dr. Adam Bronstein and Keith Schenker for their continuing support of Westlake's science research program. He gives particular thanks to Mary Knopp for her tireless efforts tracking down key science journal articles, and Dawn McFarland for her invaluable technological help.
Congratulations to Aimee and the entire Westlake Science Research team.