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20th annual Science Day hosted; Somerset wins Science Bowl

December 3, 2013

More than 400 high school students and 32 high school teachers from 21 area high schools participated in the 20th annual Science Day on Tuesday, November 26, at Saint Francis. Science Day is coordinated by the University’s School of Sciences and Science Outreach Center, which serves as a regional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Center. Students attended sessions in the University’s new Science Center that opened in fall 2013.

Science Day included several competitions, including the naming of the Science Day Top Ten List that is generated by the high school students and judged by Saint Francis science students.

The high school students also attended presentations by Saint Francis faculty, students, and science industry professionals. Some new sessions this year included: “How Engineering Saves the World” by Dr. William Strosnider, assistant professor of environmental engineering; “Is the Cave-Man Diet Right for You?” by Dr. Trina Thompson, director of the public health program and Dr. Lori Woods, associate professor of history; “Will 3-D Printing Change the World?” by Dr. John Miko, associate professor of management information systems, and Mr. Ken Lovoron from Pittsburgh 3-D; and “What Really Drives the Steelers to Success?” by Dr. Art Remillard, associate professor of religious studies.

School teams competed in a single-elimination science bowl conducted by Saint Francis science students. Somerset Area won the competition by a 198-86 win over Bishop McCort. The above picture of the champion team includes Nick Bastian, Josh Katz, Karam Salameh, Brenden Knecht, Anna Chan, and teacher Mr. Homer Kreinbrook.

Bishop McCort students Brett Diehl, Mitchell Mirabile, and Noah Huffman won the Movember Science Day Challenge.

For more information about Science Day, contact Dr. Peter Skoner, professor of physics.