Tri County Science and Technology Fair

2021 TRI COUNTY SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY FAIR will be VIRTUAL this year

… and is pleased to welcome Pepsi Global  R&D
as Grand Sponsor 2021

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

All students must be entered no later than April 1, 2021. On or about April 2 students will receive by email questions to answer and the ability to upload their poster board and video. These students will have 5-7 days to complete and get back to us. Once that ends judging begins. Students are not present for judging. The judges will use their visuals and answers.  This allows for the judges to do on a better timetable with no need to coordinate schedules that may interfere with other family members need for computer time. We believe this also helps people who might not have great connectivity.  The Awards will be done the last week of April 2021

Who is eligible K-8

  • School must be in Westchester, Rockland or Putnam Counties (student can live outside these counties as long as the school is within these counties
  • Public, Private and home schooled students are welcome located in Westchester, Rockland or Putnam Counties
  • Winners from a live or Virtual School Fair are preferable
  • In the event that a live or virtual Fair is not possible schools may elect to direct enter students– entry fees apply.
  • Any student that has  participated in a previous Tri County Fair that has their school’s permission can enter this Virtual Fair
  • Students with permission from their schools in writing when no other option above is available may be considered.
  • Please note K-8 is divided into two divisions ELEMENTRAY ( grades K-4) & MIDDLE SCHOOL  (grades 5-8).  Therefore a school grades K-5, 3-6 or K-6 can send students in two divisions.
  • Schools pay by Division status and can send 14 projects per division, it is a flat fee. Please note a project can have up to three contributors.

Who is eligible HS ( grades 9-12)

  • School must be in Westchester, Rockland or Putnam Counties (student can live outside these counties as long as the school is within these counties
  • Public, Private and home schooled students are welcome located in Westchester, Rockland or Putnam Counties
  • Self Pay students must have their school’s permission to enter the Fair.
  • All other HS students will be paid for by their schools.
  • Projects can have up to three contributors

FIRST PLACE PHYSICS AWARD at 2020 Tri County makes top 300 at Broadcom Masters PLUS wins The Samueli Foundation Prize: $25,000

The Samueli Foundation Prize: $25,000

Winner: Ishana Kumar 

ProjectColor is in the Eye of the Beholder: The Role of Retinal Fatigue on Imaginary Fechner Colors

 Ishana Kumar, age 12, Chappaqua, New York, won the $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize, for her project using optical illusions to better understand cognitive processing, and her exemplary performance during the Broadcom MASTERS’s hands-on challenges. The prize is a gift of Dr. Henry Samueli, Chairman of the Board, Broadcom Inc., and Chair of the Broadcom Foundation and his wife, Dr. Susan Samueli, President of the Samueli Foundation.

 

2020 VIRTUAL TRI COUNTY SCIENCE FAIR BROCHURE

2020 Winners 

Missed the Award Ceremony? You can watch it here

If you would like to order Fair Tshirts click here.

 

 

2020 Winners 

we send the top middle school and top high school students on to further competition…this can be “you” if your school enters the 2021 Fair!

FIRST PLACE PHYSICS AWARD at 2020 Tri County makes top 300 at Broadcom Masters PLUS wins The Samueli Foundation Prize: $25,000

The Samueli Foundation Prize: $25,000

Winner: Ishana Kumar 

ProjectColor is in the Eye of the Beholder: The Role of Retinal Fatigue on Imaginary Fechner Colors

 Ishana Kumar, age 12, Chappaqua, New York, won the $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize, for her project using optical illusions to better understand cognitive processing, and her exemplary performance during the Broadcom MASTERS’s hands-on challenges. The prize is a gift of Dr. Henry Samueli, Chairman of the Board, Broadcom Inc., and Chair of the Broadcom Foundation and his wife, Dr. Susan Samueli, President of the Samueli Foundation.

Skandan Gurumurthy

BROADCOM MASTERS: Skandan Gurumurthy from (Edgemont Jr HS) where he placed in top 300 NATIONALLY in 2019 !

DID YOU KNOW ALL STUENTS SENT TO NYS SCIENCE CONGREESS in 2019 PLACED!

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** Please note we participate in the KOHLS Associates in Action Volunteer program, if you are a Kohls employee please let us know so your store can participate. We get much needed volunteers and a check from KOHLS-its a win-win! **

DONATIONS ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED

For information about joining the Fair please have your Science teacher or principal contact
JNewman@DiscoveryCtr.org

If you are already entered in the Fair you will receive an email from us
approximately 2 weeks prior to the Fair

Please consider a tax deductible donation to the Fair

Please note Elementary & Middle School Students can only be entered by their school please have the school email JNewman@DiscoveryCtr.org
or fax over a letter requesting forms (914)-205-3623

HS teachers and principals in Westchester, Putnam & Rockland counties please use this code or use this link to register for the 2021 Fair. 

Make a note this is NOT for students

HS Student Entry Process
Please be aware that payment must be completed before a student is considered entered.

  1. HS SELF PAY –please contact JNewman@discoveryctr.org or
FOR STUDENTS ONLY
  •  The HS ( school) pays for all students. An invoice is emailed to our school contact person.

** Please note when a student does self pay he/she is entered at the time the form submits ** When a school pays the teacher needs to obtain a link from JNewman@DiscoveryCtr.org to submit the students.

All HS student direct entries (using self pay) are subject to their science department Chair’s approval,  each entry will be verified with your school

PAST YEAR’S FAIRS

ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOL FAIR PARTICIPANTS:

If you are exhibiting at this year’s Fair? Please note you need to get a parent informational email .  This email is the “final” game plan.  Every year things are changed, please do not use previous year information. This year parent information will be emailed directly to the parents using the email address we have received on the Fair Permission Slip. If you did not fill out a Fair permission slip, please contact your teacher so they can provide you one. Once filled out return to your teacher.  The teacher needs to fax it to us, we cannot accept things faxed from parents. If you have not been provided with this packet at least one week prior to the Fair check with your teacher. Please make sure that JNewman@DiscoveryCtr.org is considered a “friendly” email account so nothing goes to spam.

HIGH SCHOOL PARTICIPANTS

Please note you will receive  a Student Email   This email is the “final” game plan.  Every year things are changed, please do not use previous years. This year student information will be emailed directly to all  students regardless of whether you are self pay pr school paid. Teachers will also get a copy of this email.  Please make sure that JNewman@DiscoveryCtr.org is considered a “friendly” email account so nothing goes to spam.

** Exhibitors, Judges & Volunteers all receive information via email prior to the Fair **

Interested in Judging? Please read the current Judges letter to learn more about judging.
Interested in   Volunteering for the TCS Fair? Please fill out the appropriate  form or click on QR code below
qr code to go to volunteers form
Volunteers form
 

The top students grades 6-8 continue on to Broadcom Masters run by Society for Science & The Public. The top High School Students continue to NYS Science Congress run by STANYS: Information click here

Tri-County Science & Technology Fair Origins

Many schools made science projects a component of the science curriculum after Sputnik (October 4, 1957), in an effort to motivate and stimulate student interest in the field. In addition to teacher evaluation, students often entered in a school/district Science Fair for recognition and placement.

Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS) initiated a State Science Congress for High School project candidates, from the sixteen local sections of the state, over forty years ago. Its purpose is to promote science research at the pre-college level. These students compete for placement and scholarships monies. Each Section can send three area finalists per one hundred participants, from a Regional Science Congress, to this event.

Westchester Section STANYS was pleased to join with The Putnam Children’s Discovery Center, Westchester/Putnam Technology Educators Association and the Consortium of Scientists and Engineers to sponsor the first K-12 Tri-County Science Technology Fair in April 1994. Through this event students have the opportunity to display their work, learn from their peers and be inspired by parents, educators and professionals to pursue their interest in science.

From the beginning, the Tri-County Fair has been open to participants in three grade divisions: K-4, 5-8, and 9-12. Categories are: Biology, Chemistry, Health & Medicine,  Earth/Space Science, Engineering/Technology, Environment. Mathematics/Computers and Physics, High School has an added category: Psychology.  All entrants present their projects both visually and orally, to a minimum of two judges comprised of scientists and engineers specific to their fields. The K-4 students are encouraged to develop their interest in science and accordingly awarded excellent or outstanding ribbons. Developing the problem solving skill at an early age ensures productive citizens in the future. Participants in the grade 5-8 and 9-12 divisions compete for first, second and third place in each of the respective categories. Middle School students in grades 6,7 and 8 have the added benefit to be chosen to compete in the Broadcom Masters held in the fall. High school students aspiring to STANYS Science Congress competition, must work individually on an empirical or theoretical research project.

FUNDING

Please note, many corporations will match employee donations. The following have matched in the past.

If you do not see your company listed, please ask if they do matching grants and if so is science education part of their match program, we reach students and their families across three counties in NYS

  • IBM
  • GOLDMAN SACHS
  • ING
  • MICROSOFT
  • ALTRIA
  • MERRILL LYNCH
  • BANK OF AMERICA
  • KOHL’S ASSOCIATES IN ACTION EMPLOYEE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Please check with your company and “double” your gift by requesting a matching donation form.

This Donate Button will designate funds for Fair Only

Why Donate??

The Tri County Science & Technology Fair  is annually organized by the Putnam Children’s Discovery Center for the purpose of sharing science with the community and  rewarding children who spend their time creating  innovative and well researched science projects.  These students with support from their parents and teachers are interested in striving for academic excellence with a dedication and commitment to science and technology.  The Fair is open to students in grades K-8 who have won first place at their local school fair and to high school students grades 9-12 who have been selected by their principal or science department chair to present original research or  demonstrate a scientific principle.    The high school students who have opted to enter original research have the added benefit of an opportunity to continue on to the NYS level.  In the next few years it is anticipated that the Discovery Center will launch its Original Invention Convention which will provide new opportunities for students who have created a qualified project.

Through this event students have the opportunity to display their work, learn from their peers and be inspired by parents, educators and professionals to pursue their interest in science.  Monies raised for this project go primarily for prizes for the students.

Who Donates?

Corporate support for this event begins at $250 with “best exposure” at the $1,000 plus level.  Donations of $1,000 or more can expect their company name to appear on the banners that are placed throughout the event.  It also ensures a spot on the front cover of the brochure as well as on the many posters that are placed in local libraries, schools etc.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Won’t you please consider sponsoring our Tri-County Science Technology Fair?
Your contribution would enable local children from Rockland, Putnam and Westchester Counties, the OPPORTUNITY to compete on a regional level — a prerequisite for high-school students to compete on a statewide level.

Prior to the inception of the Tri-County Science & Technology Fair back in 1992, students were UNABLE to compete at a county-wide science fair because there was no regional competition available.

With an increasing number of participants each year comes an increase in the expenses we incur in staging this fair. Not only does your support reinforce your company’s presence in the community, but it is a continuing pledge and show of support that our children NEED continuous exposure to mathematics, the sciences and technology to further their interest, knowledge and education in these areas. These students are our future engineers, scientists, biologists, doctors, educators. THEY ARE OUR FUTURE. Aren’t they worth the investment?

Past sponsors have included: Praxair, Ciba Specialty Chemicals, PepsiCo Global R&D, Industrial Theater Inc., Philips Research, Duracell, Texaco, Consumers Union, Country Bank, Science Teachers Association of NYC (Westchester Section), Engelhard, TRC Raymond Keyes Associates, Todd Newman, CPA, Hudson Valley Council of Technical Societies, Westchester/Putnam Technology Educators Association, St. Joseph’s School PTA, St. John the Baptist PTA, Milea Hudson Valley Truck Center, Transnuclear, St. John the Evangelist PTA, Harrison High School, and individual donors without whose support these students would have missed an additional opportunity to display their scientific thought and talent.

Donation Levels:

Donation Amount

Sponsor

Level

20, 000 Premiere Circle Premiere Circle
10,000 Grand Sponsor Level 4
8,500 Gem Level Diamond
7,000 Gem Level Platinum
5,000 Gem Level Gold
2,500 Gem Level Silver
1,000 Gem Level Bronze
750 Lightning Rod Copper
500 Lightning Rod Aluminum
250 Friends of Science Heart
100 Friends of Science Helping Hand
50 Friends of Science Leg Up

All donations are recognized in the brochure distributed at the Fair. All donations are tax deductible (per 501 (c) 3 and are recognized in our program the day of the Tri-County Science & Technology Fair.

To make a donation simply write a check payable to PCDC and put Tri County Science & Technology Fair in the memo.  This insures that the monies will only be used for the Fair. To mail the check to PCDC, Attn J. Newman – PO Box 222 Carmel, NY 10512. Use PayPal: Jnewman@DiscoveryCtr.org or donate now using this link.

About the Tri-County Science & Technology Fair

This science fair has been organized for the sole benefit of all grade-level students throughout Putnam, Westchester, and Rockland counties in New York. Our goals in staging this science fair are:1. To provide a competition in which students can compete on a regional level against other students within their grade level from surrounding community schools, both public and private.2. To provide a public event which would encourage students, by learning from other students, to pursue their own interests and studies in the fields of science and technology.3. To provide a public forum where students can display their own visual interpretation of a scientific concept or principle, or technological application, that the student has learned in school, by independent studies or by his/her own developed interest; a forum whereby students, in the process of designing an developing a science project from concept to presentation, exercise specific preparation skills (such as data gathering, evaluation, problem solving, decision making, thought process, and creative thinking).4. To provide a public display of student progress in their education of science and technology, thereby encouraging active, continual involvement by parents, guardians, educators, governments, and the community as a whole, to act as mentors, teachers and supporters of our children as they continue their studies in those fields.The following paragraph applies to High School Entrants only!!!
5. To establish a regional science fair whereby high school students from the designated Tri-county area could compete on the required regional level, thus allowing them to further compete on a statewide level, if the students desire to do so.

Here’s what people have to say about the Tri-County Science & Technology Fair…

I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the Westchester-Putnam Technology Educators Association to continue the support of the fine science and technology related activities your center provides our teachers and their students. The Science & technology Fair is an excellent learning experience for all that participate.
— William Rock
Executive Secretary, New York State Technology Education Association
President, Westchester Putnam Technology Educators Association
Technology Instructor, Somers Middle School

The Westchester Section of the Science Teacher’s Association of New York State is proud to acknowledge the continuing contribution to science education made by the Putnam Children’s Discovery Center…It is more important than ever that we look for avenues that can enrich and enhance the curricula which is presented in schools. The hard work and dedication of the staff of the Putnam Children’s Discovery Center provides a mechanism for students to pursue and master science concepts, talk with experts in the sciences, and have fun at the same time…We plan to continue to support their activities.
— Marily H. Reiner
Chairperson
STANYS Westchester Section

I want to thank you and the Tri-County Science & Technology Fair Committee for giving me that opportunity to exhibit my research project, and for the generous prize awarded to me.
— Gary T. Cirlin
New City, NY

On April 26th, I had the pleasure of competing in the Tri-County Science and Technology Fair. I would like to thank you for sponsoring this event. The Fair was a real learning experience. I genuinely enjoyed the judging. I would also like to thank you for the generous award of $100 I received for placing first in the Environmental category. College is always an expensive endeavor. This will definitely help me defray the costs. I hope you will continue to sponsor the Tri-County Fair in the future.
— Matte Gerbil
Student, Sanders Trades & Technical High School, Yonkers, NY.

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